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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Skyscraper Rock : Photo
By: Russ Walling When: 3 days ago

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Comments: I don't know anything about it save for looking at it the other day.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Skyscraper Rock : Photo
By: Russ Walling When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Why is this route not in the route database? I know 4 guys looking to retrobolt it since it looks like it was never finished.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Left Hand of Darkness : Left Hand of Darkness - E. ... : Left Route (5.10a R)
By: Russ Walling When: Apr 14, 2014

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Comments: Pretty good route. Bring a bunch of cams and loooooong extendo runner for the TR.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Left Hand of Darkness : Left Hand of Darkness - E. ... : Right Route (5.10c)
By: Russ Walling When: Apr 14, 2014

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Comments: Instead of coming in from the right, go up the thin seam for some added hard moves... how hard? Good question. 5.10+ or so? Pro would be real thin on lead. I've always been a TR hero every time I've been over there.

The direct direct 11c way above the roof is silly hard. I'm saying something has broken above the roof. It's desperate and this time out, a demoralizing shut down for me. We used to call the direct direct The Middle Hand of Darkness. (in fact, I'll add it as a route right now... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : Bircheff-Williams (5.11b) : Photo
By: Russ Walling When: Apr 11, 2014

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Comments: Yosemite Climber

www.amazon.com/Yosemite-Climber-George-Meyers/dp/0906371090


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Camp 4 Wall : Chopper (5.10c)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: Another fine classic of the genre on the Camp 4 Wall. Exiting the pod thingy is a tough transition into the layback. Great route!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Camp 4 Wall : Edge of Night (5.10c)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: I remember going up there in the formative years with Dick Cilley.
Here is what he says about the route over on SuperTopo:
Funny story about I think Edge of Night. I was struggling on it and I yelled down to the Fish, you want to come up and take a look? He asked, How is it?(the fall) I looked down at the pro and said, "Itś death Russ". He said, "Naw thats alright".
Cilley then finished off the pitch.

I remember it being real good and with modern pro, it should... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Dairy Queen Wall : Dairy Queen Wall - Left Sid... : Lurch (5.8)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 15, 2014

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Comments: "Standard Rack" is a "standard" joke out here. Total BS and really tells you nothing. It is just laziness on the part of the route submitter.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Lost Horse Wall : Lost Horse Wall - Left Side : Are You Experienced (5.11 R)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 15, 2014

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Comments: Big Al Bartlett has sent me a message: Raleigh Collins has put a lead on this thing. Yikes!


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Ghosts : ... : Seven of Cups (5.8)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: OK tick while up there anyway. Not exactly a destination climb.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Ghosts : ... : The Hanged Man (5.10b)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: Climbs a neat feature with some cool moves. Probably a 1.5 star route.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Ghosts : ... : Magus (5.11a)
By: Russ Walling When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: Somewhat contrived at the top where the routes collide. You could force the grade by staying in the middle area, but literally 7 inches away are good holds on either side of the "line".

Fun enough if you don't care what route you climbing/encroaching on. Only the forced version is 5.11


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Geology Tour Road : The Galapagos : Finch Dome
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: Hey Murf.... you've been "placeholding" for 8 years!!! Shit or get off the pot man!


Location: CA : High Desert : Apple Valley Crags : Fairview Mountain : Tatooine : ... : A Day At The Pod Races (5.10b)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 20, 2014

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Comments: Neat moves on a contrived arete. Using the big holds will keep you on the right low angle side of the arete.


Location: CA : High Desert : Apple Valley Crags : Fairview Mountain : Tatooine : ... : Padewan (5.9)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 20, 2014

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Comments: Good climbing and worth doing. Watch out for the crotch flosser when you transition to the other formation. The rope will try to cut your nuts off if you fall.


Location: CA : High Desert : Apple Valley Crags : Fairview Mountain : Tatooine : ... : Yoda (5.10c)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 20, 2014

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Comments: Good route on good rock! Think of it as a poor mans version of Run For Your Life in JT, but easier and better protected.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Unknown 2 (5.9)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: This route and its cousin Unknown 1 are nice additions to the wall, since the main events are just not that good. I would not go back to do any of the Dinosaur Cracks again, but with these two face routes it makes for an okay outing and almost worth the approach.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Unknown 1 (5.9)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Pretty good if you are there and need to climb something better than the Left Dinosaur Crack. Since there is a huge and useable boulder right behind you, the start is pretty contrived, but whaddya gonna do?


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Zoo Wall : Really Really Ridiculously ... (5.10a)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Similar to the route to the right, in grade and quality. Lots of bolts. Maybe one tricky move down low and then just weave your way up the various features to the anchor.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Zoo Wall : Eugoogooly (5.10c)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Four bolts get you past the face climbing and into the right thin crack. Good pro all over. When it runs out, move left into another crack that takes good pro. A final bolt protects the face moves to the anchor. Sorta loose, but pretty good.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Right Dinasaur Crack (5.9)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Mostly uneventful climbing that really needs pro to about 5 inches. You can make do with a couple of 4" pieces if you have some idea of what you are doing. Rock is not that good and the top section is basically a walk off on a grainy ramp.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Center Dinosaur Crack (5.7)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Best crack on the wall, but that is not saying much.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Left Dinosaur Crack (5.8)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: A few interesting moves on good rock in the opening 6 feet sucker you into the hanging choss and easy climbing above. It's a stinker.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Barker Dam Area : More Funky than Monkey Rock : More Monkey than Funky (5.11b)
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 8, 2014

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Comments: Here is a link to the Yabo freesolo story directly from Bachar:

www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=795699&msg=79>>>


Location: CA : High Desert : Apple Valley Crags : Fairview Mountain : Tatooine : Photo
By: Russ Walling When: Feb 5, 2014

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Comments: Follow the well marked and manicured trails past many standing blocks and obelisk markers.


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