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Tree-bouldering near Mt. Tam

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Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Irvine : East Buttress (5.9) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Mar 2, 2015

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Comments: excellent! really captures the hugeness of the buttress.

Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Whitney : The Mountaineer's Route (3rd Mod. Snow) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Nov 3, 2014

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Comments: late June, 2011

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mission Gorge : Main Wall : False Mission Gorge Travers... (5.10a V0)
By: saltlick When: May 3, 2014

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Comments: Crux bulge conveniently has the worst landing of the whole traverse.

Consistent 5.7+ with a couple cruxy bits featuring classic MG movement on slippery rock.

Start below Escapade for full value.

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Cove : Echo Cove - North Side : Echo Buttress (5.10b)
By: saltlick When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: thin face moves at the start are the crux...5.8 after gaining the arete at around 20 ft

Location: OR : Mt Hood : Mt. Hood : Elliot Glacier Headwall (4th AI2-3 Steep Snow) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Feb 17, 2014

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Comments: Bomber dull picks in sunbleached ice!! On belay!

Location: CA : Central Sierra : Calaveras Dome Area : Calaveras Dome : Silk Road (High Times) (5.11 PG13)
By: saltlick When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: Redonkalous fotos and TR here:
Silk Road to Karakoram Highway - SuperTopo

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : Head Over Heals (5.10a)
By: saltlick When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: +1 Richard and David ^^

Though I wore myself out trying to get pro in the crack after campusing left under the roof, and couldn't pull myself up n' over on lead, the moves are solid 5.10 and (naturally) avoid sharing bolt-pro with Astropoodle.

Excellent fun and a worthy lead project for next time...

Location: CA : San Diego County : Corte Madera : Main Wall : South Buttress (5.10a)
By: saltlick When: Nov 3, 2013

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Comments: An amazing line, to be sure. Some jerk/considerate person has stashed a machete at the yucca for those who don't wish to awkwardly stem around it...IMO if you're having issues with bypassing the yucca, you should probably walk 50 yds left and climb Sunset Streaks instead.

The P1 stem-n'-squeeze was physical, but I'll agree with Riley and say that the last 10 ft of the p2 squeeze was the real hardness. I thought that the first bit of P3 deserved an R, considering the deck-potential, though I was... more >>

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mission Gorge : Middle Earth : Lord of the Rings (5.10c)
By: saltlick When: Jul 15, 2013

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Comments: Stay out of the finger crack to the right of the bolts for a more sustained climb - as a bonus, I actually found it easier to make the transition to the upper face when approaching from below, rather than from the pod on the right. A stout, enjoyable climb.

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Live Oak Picnic Area : The Whispering Wall : Jeepers Leepers (5.10a R)
By: saltlick When: Feb 18, 2013

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Comments: the opening face moves are both the crux and most enjoyable sequence of the climb - a piece of pro in Three Friends could somewhat mitigate risk of a nasty fall before the first bolt.

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mission Gorge : Limbo Area : Back to Basics (5.7)
By: saltlick When: Dec 20, 2012

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Comments: With the right combo of hand-stacking and thigh-jamming one can more easily ascend to the point where the heel-toe becomes viable. Chickenwinging definitely makes B to B feel a couple of grades harder!

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Crystal Crag : North Arete : North ArÍte (5.6)
By: saltlick When: Aug 22, 2012

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Comments: As Croft says, a tiny mountain-climb! IMO the 5.easy ridge traverse to the summit is the best part of the route...great rock and absolutely stellar position.

Location: CA : High Sierra : Thunderbolt Peak : Thunderbolt to Sill Travers... (5.9 Easy Snow) : Photo
By: saltlick When: May 15, 2012

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Comments: hopefully good memories... six hours after this photo I was having one of my worst-ever nights outside at our bivy below the glacier. My pack wasn't feeling too heavy as we crawled up out of the Meadow, but man, I paid for it later!

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Intersection Rock : The Flake (5.8) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Apr 24, 2012

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Comments: ha! thought you were just giving me a thumbs-up, then saw the flying camalot...

Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : ... : Photo
By: saltlick When: Apr 24, 2012

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Comments: holy crap I'm not anchored at all! I must've been lulled into stupidity by the luxurious comfort of the bathtub!

Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : Northwest Recess : The Consolation (5.9) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Apr 21, 2012

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Comments: finally realized that we chose the "farewell horizontal" pitch to start the Consolation. Very cool slab pitch and a preferred, if slightly complicated (with the subsequent traverse left), start to the climb.

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Lee Vining Canyon and Tioga... : Lee Vining Ice : Chouinards : Chouinards' Right (WI3)
By: saltlick When: Dec 2, 2011

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Comments: Did Yvon have an ice-climbing sister, Yvonne? Or maybe it was his mom...

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mount Woodson : Tower Two Area : Television Screen (5.10b V0+)
By: saltlick When: Oct 3, 2011

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Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : Bastille Buttress - Beckey ... (5.10d A0) : Photo
By: saltlick When: Sep 28, 2011

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Comments: locks, or tips? amazing, either way...

Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney/Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Paul's Paradise : ... : Ted Shread (5.9)
By: saltlick When: Jun 8, 2011

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Comments: this climb has zero moves in the 5.9 range. Whilst internets-ing around trying to figure out which climbs we had stumbled onto the other day, I found this gem on SummitPost:

"Ted Shred 5.9, trad. This route is the closest to the parking area and easy to recognize by its continuous finger crack. Don't use abundant face holds around the crack if you want to preserve its 5.9 rating. I haven't climbed that route yet."

We climbed the Mountaineer's Route on Whitney the next day, and, finding no MP ... more >>

Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : South Face : Open Book Area : Mechanic's Route (5.8 R)
By: saltlick When: May 13, 2011

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Comments: The "R" rating for this route doesn't really apply anymore; maybe if there weren't a bolt protecting the crux traverse on p1, or if there weren't sling-able heads on the face-climbing section of p2... All around a very enjoyable route with a cool mix of climbing! Definitely spicy off the ground, though...

Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : South Face : South Face - Left Side : Left Ski Track (5.6)
By: saltlick When: Apr 18, 2011

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Comments: +1 on tricams - many of the pin scars protect well with cams, and great nut placements are abundant, but if you've got the tricams then you'll appreciate them more than ever here. fun route, though I was a little concerned about the stability of the big chockstone just below the first belay...

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mission Gorge : Lunch Rock : Orange Walk (5.10c)
By: saltlick When: Jan 30, 2011

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Comments: "Desperate" is a good descriptor for the crux move...an otherwise enjoyable little romp.

Location: CA : San Diego County : McCain Valley : Lowenbrau Pinnacle : Green Book (5.9)
By: saltlick When: Dec 17, 2010

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Comments: A newer bolt directly above the Green Book makes it even easier to link GB to Direct Service and reach the top of the Pinnacle in one long pitch. Communication gets difficult once the leader gets through the Short Link, and there is a little unavoidable rope drag, but on the whole it's an interestingly varied and well-protected climb. 60M rope requires 2 rappels to reach the ground.

Location: CA : San Diego County : Mission Gorge : Lunch Rock : Skyline Pinnacle (5.7)
By: saltlick When: Oct 28, 2010

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Comments: +1 on the quality of the crack on this climb - if only it were steeper! The moves onto the "Pinnacle" near the top feel harder than .7 to me...

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