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Last Visit: Apr 3, 2014
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Name Rating Location Comments Tick Date

Biscuits 'n' Gravy

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (3 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : The Ranch Hand

Kale's first lead.

Sep 27, 2013

Billy Goat Arete

5.1 2 6 II MD 2a (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Hillbilly Rock

Brad's first mulitipitch, 30 Meter rope 3 pitches

Aug 17, 2013

Queen's Way

Steep Snow (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Apache Peak

w/John, used as approach to dickers peck and hasty retreat from storm

Jul 22, 2012

Yodeling Moves

5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Hammerhead

W/John roped. Awesome summit!

Jul 19, 2012

South Ridge

5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Der Freischutz

W/Ken. Wet after rain,1st half w/30M rope,free soloed top,fun downclimb! Next time bring rock shoes

Jul 13, 2012

Hatch

5.6 4c 14 V S 4b (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Southern Dinosaur Egg

First climb in 6 months! W/john Exciting start to 2nd pitch, fun chimney.

Jun 11, 2012

Cable Route

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : North Face/Ridge

w/John post snow, verglas, sketchy as hell

Sep 11, 2011

Bell Cord Couloir

 (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Maroon Bells

w/John 5 hours from bivy at Crater, perfect crampon snow.

Jun 24, 2011

Northeast Ridge

 (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Maroon Bells

descent route w/John 90% covered with snow, postholed first 3rd. Crazy.

Jun 24, 2011

Maroon Ridge

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Maroon Bells

W/John- lots of snow, gotta climb more in hiking boots.

Jun 24, 2011

East Face Center

5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Front Porch

Free Solo w/John Lost Porch link up, approach shoes.

Jun 17, 2011

Southeast Ridge

5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Lost Porch

Free solo, approach shoes w/John. Loved this climb!

Jun 17, 2011

North East Gully

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c PG13 (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Der Freischutz

w/John, approach shoes, started a little north, better along left side

May 13, 2011

East Face/Achean Pronouncement

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (6 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Achean Pronouncement

Nov 7, 2010 W/Margaret/Ken.Bailed due to snow, restarted, bailed before last pitch due to dark.

Nov 7, 2010

Free for All

5.6 4c 14 V S 4b (1 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Second Flatiron

Oct 17, 2010 W/Jon 2nd class to 5.6. Cruxes were great leads! Last pitch is a classic.

Oct 17, 2010

Left Side

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Devil's Thumb

Aug 8 - Aug 9, 2010 @5.7 biggest sandbag ever! 4 tries.Matched hands on jug free hang rotated 180-heel hook. Scarred! w/jon

Aug 9, 2010

East Face/First Flatironette

5.2 3 8 II D 2c (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : First Flatironette

Eva's 1st multi pitch! Wore sneakers P1 35M to boulder w/tree. P2 60 M just shy of south summit.

Jul 5, 2010

Moby Grape

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (2 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Elevenmile Dome

w/Kale, fun p1 crux, belayed left of bolts, p2 belayed @ large boulder stayed roped until walkable

Jul 4, 2010

Guide's Route

5.6 4c 14 V S 4b (3 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Turret Dome

w/Kale, took 5.8 roof, awesome jams, fun downclimb on walkoff

Jul 3, 2010

The Staircase

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Arch Rock

w/Kale/Joy

Jul 2, 2010

Malign

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Happy Hour Crag

W/margaret, I got rope stuck on the pull, abundant pro

Jun 27, 2010

Original Route

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Lover's Leap

With rangerdrew, great time! Start is past where pine tree touches wall.

Jun 20, 2010

East Face South Side

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Seal Rock

W/Ken and Margaret, Lead P1&2. I like the North side route better, esp finger crack

Apr 10, 2010

East Face/Pellea

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a R (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Pellea

W/John Lead P1&3 very scary runout for 5.5, pure friction. 2nd crux is scarier, beautiful place

Nov 7, 2009

North Face

5.6 4c 14 V S 4b (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : The Matron

W/John/ken/margaret.P1 Very Eldoesque. Best rap ever with 2 ropes!

Sep 14, 2009

Off Line

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : ... : Overhang Area

TR

Jul 3, 2009

In Between the Lines

5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : ... : Overhang Area

TR

Jul 3, 2009

Honky Jam Ass Crack

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Turkey Perch

Thought I had crack climbed before, ha! Throw your body parts in and head up, great stances for pro

Jun 20, 2009

Left Handed Jew

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Turkey Perch

Dropped big pro, had to down climb and back clean to finish, woohoo! 5.fun!

Jun 20, 2009

East Face South Side or Left

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Fifth Flatiron

With Kale, his first Flatiron

Jun 5, 2009

Recon

5.6 4c 14 V S 4b (3 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

Kale's first outside climb, p1 great, rest is ok

Jun 4, 2009

East Face Complete

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (6 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Flying Flatiron

Didn't feel good, bailed after pitch 4. bitten by ants at belays

May 17, 2009

Wind Ridge

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (4 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

Lead p2, todd p1&3. One small 5.8 section to start. Look for cracks in cave and above for anchor p2

May 12, 2009

West Overhang

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (2 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

Lead p1. Todd P2. P1 is class 4 after crux. P2 is easy 5 after crux

May 12, 2009

5.10 Crack aka "Thin Fingers"

5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b C1 (1 p) 

CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag

Aid 3/4, did not finish, had to get back to work. I would say C1 Easy placements

Apr 29, 2009

Comeback Crack

5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Aid, C2, Very Snowy, traversed to 'skunk' at the bulge. Fun Line

Apr 19, 2009

5.8 Crack

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag

TR Solo. Did roof straight up crack instead of to the left, much easier. Petzl Microcenders rock!

Nov 18, 2008

East Face/Fatiron

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Fatiron

With John and Dave. I lead P1,P3 and 6.

Nov 16, 2008

Nautilus Traverse

V3 6A (1 p) 

CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : Nautilus

Nice pump from a safe height for someone like me who is not very good.

Nov 4, 2008

Spike Mantle

V2 5+ (1 p) 

CO : Morrison/Evergreen : ... : Spike Rock

Fun mantel. I intend to do this once every time I go there.

Nov 4, 2008

East Face North Side/Seal Rock

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Seal Rock

With John, Lead P1,3 and 4.

Nov 1, 2008

5.7 Face

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag

Solo top rope with garda.

Oct 30, 2008

East Ridge

5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a R (1 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : The Spy

Did this with John, I seconded 1st, lead last.

Oct 25, 2008

East Face/First Flatironette

5.2 3 8 II D 2c (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : First Flatironette

Lead First 60M, John lead last. Ended up on 2nd pinnacle, we hiked too far

Oct 25, 2008

Lover's Leap

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (4 p) 

CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Lover's Leap

Climbed for fist time with Dave and Matt. Lead P1 and P3

Oct 19, 2008

West Crack

5.2 3 8 II D 2c (1 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail

Lead climb, approach not so bad, only passive pro except multidirectional cam at start, cam anchors

Sep 28, 2008

CMC Route

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (3 p) 

CO : Golden : ... : Mt Thorodin

Lead P1&3.Pack made the chimney difficult. Started at dead tree

Sep 13, 2008

Breezy

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

5.6 start Lead as one pitch, 60M no drag. Pulled in 10 feet to start second. Shady, and Breezy!

Jul 30, 2008

Ghetto Cruiser

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : Cadillac Crag

Stopped at crux, bailed right, too hot, no chalk,slippery hands.

Jul 27, 2008

Let it Vee

5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : Cadillac Crag

Lead, felt slippery, rock fall hazard. Great pro, sustained 5.7 after stump, I gave it a plus. Fun

Jul 27, 2008

Holy Cross Couloir

 (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Mount of the Holy Cross

Camped at Bowl of tears. Beautiful hike and snow climb!

Jul 6, 2008

5.8 Crack

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag

Lead, went well, sewed it up!

Jun 26, 2008

West Face

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Lead 5.7 Variation

Jun 19, 2008

West Face

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Seconded

Jun 8, 2008

Mons

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado

Lowered leader, seconded and then rapped

Apr 18, 2008

Ho Hum

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado

Lowered leader, seconded and rappeled

Apr 12, 2008

Fandango

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : First Flatiron

Fun route, fun rap.

Nov 17, 2007

Angel's Way

5.2 3 8 II D 2c (8 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Ridge 3 aka Angel's Way

Stay in the gully until you reach the start. Serious bushwacking, horrible hike out.

Nov 3, 2007

Road to Isengard

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

Boulder Direct

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (3 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

Oct 25, 2007

The Bomb

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (2 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Wind Tower - SW Face

Oct 25, 2007

The Memory of Trees

5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Tried to go direct under point of roof and could not make it, harder than 5.9 that way

Oct 25, 2007

Lothlorien

5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

Glennevere

5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

East Face (Standard)

5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c (8 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Third Flatiron

Oct 24, 2007

Stairway to Heaven

5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a (6 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Hea...

Second, fun casual with great views, definitely encountered 5.4 moves but there are so many ways.

Oct 24, 2007

Pine Tree Route

5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Second Buttress

Second, fun route

May 13, 2007