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Personal: Lives in Boulder, CO
Favorite Climbs: Those that challenge my mind and body...
Other Interests: Moving efficiently throughout the mountains...
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Born and raised in the deep south.
Jack of all trades, master of none.

Photo Albums by Stephen Felker    
Rock Climbing Photo: Iron Mike 2012

16 photos
Rock Climbing Photo: Collapsible, transportable, aluminum framed, frees...

Tricks of the Trade
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Out There
Knot Carrot 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
  Oct 5
Touch Monkey 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
  Oct 5
Fission aka Ken T'ank 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
  Sep 9
Culp-Bossier 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
  Sep 5 - w/PC
Choose Life 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Double Stout 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
The Turning Point V8 7B
s00kr33m 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Sonic Youth 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Nevermore 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
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Surround Sound 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Truth or Consequences 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
The Vaporizer 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Kid Fears 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
Julie 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Jugging with an assisted braking belay device; only one etrier needed; good for ascending free hanging ropes and efficiently transitioning to/from descent, such as when lowering-out while cleaning steep aid routes   Sequence demonstrating transitioning to descend under weight; toprope solo; tr solo <br />Works with any style descender; minimalist paracord chest harness; extend your primary with full strength cord!  <br /><a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' ></a>  Sending in Joe's 2016  fixin' to descend  Top Rope Solo; toprope solo; tr solo <br /> <br />Ditch the backup knots AND self belay hands free!   <br /> <br />Use a fixed single rope.  (Backup lines are like gumby thongs to tr soloists in the know.) <br /> <br />It is possible to use a variety of ascenders in the demostrated configuration.  Pictured are a microcender as primary (toothless mechanical prusik allows some slippage to reduce dynamic loads and can be moved down the rope easily with one hand).  Micro traxion as secondary (light, low friction).   <br /> <br />Hold primary up with makeshift chest harness for zero slack.  Extend primary with full strength cord so that, in the event of failure or slippage of the primary, the secondary does not jam against the primary (lesson learned from experience and a mangled secondary).   <br /> <br />The extension on the primary also aids in transitioning to a descending device <a href='' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' ></a> <br /> <br />TR solo only!  Do not try to rope solo (i.e. lead) with this setup!  
Choose Life 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
Helicopter V5-6 6C+
Ten-Digit Dialing 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Buster Brown 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
The Shaft 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Big Dog 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Suggests: 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Joy Ride 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Suggests: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Love Your Enemies 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Rehabilitator 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  Suggests: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Golden Rose 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a

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