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Name Rating Location Comments Tick Date

Hey Ranger!

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (3 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Park View Dome

Finished in downpour. Almost hit by huge rock after rap.

Jul 27, 2014

South Ridge

5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b (1 p) 

CO : Colorado Springs : ... : White Twin

Wild! Belayer mobbed by tourists. Rappel lands on a sidewalk. Worn handholds.

Jul 25, 2014

Tired Arms Recovery Program (T.A.R.P.)

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a (1 p) 

CO : Shelf Road : The Bank

Jul 25, 2014 Jul 25, 2014 Niew to Shelf. Good route minus the dirty ledge, soft 5.9

Jul 25, 2014

Billy Goat Arete

5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a (2 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Hillbilly Rock

Eva's 2nd multi-pitch, cool splitter handcrack.

May 27, 2014

Lover's Leap

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (4 p) 

CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Lover's Leap

Lowering grading, When done correctly is 5.7. Great day w/ ken and Margaret. Lead all 4 p.

May 4, 2014

Biscuits 'n' Gravy

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 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 7 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 6 MM 1c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Hammerhead

W/John roped. Awesome summit!

Jul 19, 2012

South Ridge

5.0 2- 4 I 6 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 12 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 10 VD 3c (1 p) 

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

w/John post snow, verglas, sketchy as hell

Sep 11, 2011

Maroon Ridge

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Maroon Bells

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

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

Bell Cord Couloir

 (1 p) 

CO : Alpine Rock : Maroon Bells

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

Jun 24, 2011

Southeast Ridge

5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Lost Porch

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

Jun 17, 2011

East Face Center

5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Front Porch

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

Jun 17, 2011

North East Gully

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 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+ 13 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 12 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+ 13 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 8 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+ 13 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 12 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+ 11 MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : South Platte : ... : Arch Rock

w/Kale/Joy

Jul 2, 2010

Malign

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 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+ 11 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 10 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+ 11 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 12 S 4b (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : The Matron

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

Sep 14, 2009

In Between the Lines

5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : ... : Overhang Area

TR

Jul 3, 2009

Off Line

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Golden : ... : Overhang Area

TR

Jul 3, 2009

Left Handed Jew

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 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

Honky Jam Ass Crack

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 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

East Face South Side or Left

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Fifth Flatiron

With Kale, his first Flatiron

Jun 5, 2009

Recon

5.6 4c 14 V 12 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+ 13 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- 15 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+ 13 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 20 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- 19 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- 15 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 10 VD 3c (3 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Fatiron

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

Nov 16, 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

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

East Face North Side/Seal Rock

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 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+ 13 MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag

Solo top rope with garda.

Oct 30, 2008

East Face/First Flatironette

5.2 3 8 II 8 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

East Ridge

5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a R (1 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : The Spy

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

Oct 25, 2008

Lover's Leap

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 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 8 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+ 13 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+ 11 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

Let it Vee

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 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

Ghetto Cruiser

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (1 p) 

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : Cadillac Crag

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

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- 15 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+ 11 MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Lead 5.7 Variation

Jun 19, 2008

West Face

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (2 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Seconded

Jun 8, 2008

Mons

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 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 10 VD 3c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado

Lowered leader, seconded and rappeled

Apr 12, 2008

Fandango

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (4 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : First Flatiron

Fun route, fun rap.

Nov 17, 2007

Angel's Way

5.2 3 8 II 8 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

The Memory of Trees

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 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

Boulder Direct

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (3 p) 

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

Oct 25, 2007

The Bomb

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (2 p) 

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

Oct 25, 2007

Road to Isengard

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

Lothlorien

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

Glennevere

5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark

Oct 25, 2007

East Face (Standard)

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (8 p) 

CO : Flatirons : ... : Third Flatiron

Oct 24, 2007

Stairway to Heaven

5.3 3+ 10 III 9 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+ 11 MS 4a (1 p) 

CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Second Buttress

Second, fun route

May 13, 2007