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Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Stick Gully : Elephant Penis (5.8) : Photo
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: With the way we started the route, this was actually the base of our second pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Stick Gully : Elephant Penis (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 12, 2015

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Comments: There may be variations possible for this line. What we climbed didn't exactly match the description here or in the Handren guide, but it was quality climbing and a lot of solid 5.9 fun.

We started up the smooth flake to the right of the sandy-looking handcrack and broke the climb into 4 pitches to minimize rope drag.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Slhanay (The Squaw) : Photophobia (5.10c)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 4, 2015

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Comments: Maybe my expectations were too high -- the bar for a 4-star route in Squamish is pretty high -- but I didn't love very much about this route.

Some sections felt contrived (such as the start with the bolt in a strange place and a deckfall potential), and it wasn't the nicest granite in town except for the last pitch which was short and sweet.

The mismatched hardware was also a detraction. Some stations had one bolt and one glue-in staple instead of a standard two-bolt anchor.

We followed ... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Chief : ... : Mercy Street (5.10b)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 3, 2015

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Comments: This route is AMAZING! Shame that it is not in the Select Guide (it's not in my older version, at least, but maybe it made the cut for the new book).

Despite its intimidating appearance, rests can be found where needed and jams can be interspersed with the laybacking to minimize the pump factor.

Doubles to #2, if you take four or five #3's, you'll find places for all of them. If you only take two #3's, be prepared to do a bit of bumping or backcleaning. An old #3.5 n... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Slhanay (The Squaw) : The Great Game (5.10c/d)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jun 28, 2015

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Comments: Excellent route. We took the advice above and extended the 2nd pitch to the base of the corner with a gear belay. That was definitely the way to go, and you don't use any of the gear in the belay that you will need for the 3rd pitch.

I was pleasantly surprised to find at least three gear placements available after the bolt which took the edge off of the thin moves near the top. We didn't have TCU's but small Aliens and a nut did the trick. Also, since we had one with us, I plugged the @POUN... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Hourglass Diversion (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 29, 2014

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Comments: We really enjoyed this route and can't believe it sat for so long on the ticklist. Definitely will be repeating it now that we know how fun it is. It had exciting moves and interesting features throughout.

The crux pitch was a bit heady where the crack pinches down, forcing you to trust fragile face holds without gear for a short stretch, but the moves are there and you soon get back to crack goodness.

We combined the crux pitch with part of the next one, continuing up the finger crack to a ... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Frigid Air Buttress : Burlesque (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: May 4, 2014

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Comments: We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this route today. Every pitch had something fun but of course the crux pitch is the show stopper.

For the approach, hike up the boulder gully (same as descent for Frigid Aire) to the waterfall. To avoid the worst of the boulder scrambling, about halfway up keep an eye out for a faint-looking trail that cuts out of the gully from skier's left. I usually catch this trail at one of the first large sandy clearings I encounter in the boulder gully. This trai... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jackrabbit Buttress : Ernest Stemmingway (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Mar 14, 2014

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Comments: Be sure to stretch out before you head up this one. The route definitely lives up to its name!

The first two pitches are full-value fun on fantastic rock. Pitch 2 looks intimidating and improbable but go for it and you will be pleasantly surprised at how it unfolds. (Ample protection available in deep in slot, save a #4 or #5 for exit.) P1 150ft, P2 195ft.

For P3, after following the left-leaning crack 200ft to belay on the ramp, you can do one more 50ft pitch (5.6+?)traversin... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Tele-vision (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Nov 14, 2013

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Comments: We had a blast on this route today! It was a worthwhile adventure to check it out.

(The pitch lengths below are approximate and to the best of my recollection...if anyone finds that I was way off anywhere, please update with better info.)

P1 ~75ft 5.9+ The first pitch starts things off with a bang: three or four athletic sport sequences in a row with well-placed bolts(and the option to put a little gear in between a few of them if you want to). This section becomes quite pumpy right off t... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : The Big Horn (5.8)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: This route was a delight--fun moves, striking features, beautiful varnish, and no crowds.

I was surprised to find that the climbing was much friendlier than its appearance would suggest, with more 5.6 moves than there were 5.8 moves. Also, there were generous edges and plentiful stances from which to place gear(which was great once you get that first bomber #4).

I'm 5'1" and found the crux to be at no harder than the grade implies. (not reach-dependent, which was a nice surprise.... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Pro Choice (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Oct 30, 2013

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Comments: This was an enjoyable route on mostly good rock(still a few hollow plates here and there but using your sandstone smarts and tapping before pulling will keep you out of trouble).

The second pitch didn't seem to have any moves that felt .10b as the guidebook suggests. We thought 5.9?

The crux is a fun, balancy sequence. I was glad to have shade for this particular section--I hate to think of how it would feel making those moves if the sun were beating down on that slick varnish. Looks like ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Middle Town Walls : ... : PBR (5.10b)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 14, 2013

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Comments: Fantastic addition to the mid wall! The upper third (from the tree stump up) isn't as clean as the start but once it is polished up with a bit more traffic and scrubbing this line is sure to become classic.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Middle Town Walls : ... : Hips and Valleys (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 14, 2013

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Comments: Thanks for cleaning this! We really enjoyed it. Recent rains have re-deposited a bit of dirt in the finger crack but not enough to render it unusable--I scraped out some with my nut tool but that section will likely need more attention after the wet season to keep it in such nice condition.

I had only a #4 for the chimney which made it feel a little heady (a #5 would have helped, as the #4 was tipped) but it sure is fun --climbs more like an offwidth than a true chimney and ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Lump Area : ... : Exponential Excavation (5.9-)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: This is a neat route which will be especially appreciated by those looking for less intimidating routes to lead at Index. Probably a tad easier than Roger's Corner. The dihedral at the top can be stemmed or climbed as a chimney--fun either way!


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lookout Point Area : ... : Spineless (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Sep 2, 2013

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Comments: Climbing to the left as you approach the overlap works but be aware that falling before you make that clip will send you hurtling into the wall of the dihedral behind you. At 5'1", I found this to be a difficult clip to reach. For those wanting to mitigate this risk, climbing Senior Citizens first and pre-hanging an extended draw at that spot allows you to make the clip from a safer position. I am by no means solid at the grade so your mileage may vary.

I thought this climb was excellent and ... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Tunnel Vision (5.10d)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: If you climb Tunnel Vision, you will be selling yourself short if you don't continue on to do Angora Grotto, which is a gem of a route situated just above it. AG's grade is slightly harder (.11a) but there is only one well-protected move at that grade. The most efficient way to link these is to clip the Tunnel Vision anchors as you go by on lead and continue to scramble up and right (15ft?) to the anchors at the base of the Angora Grotto crack. Belay your second up from here. [[Mountain Pro... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Angora Grotto (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: This is an enjoyable line packed with variety and well-protected, interesting moves. If it were at ground level, it would be every bit as popular as Cunning Stunt, if not more so.


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Leave My Face Alone (5.11a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jul 24, 2013

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Comments: This enjoyable line has received a recent scrubbing (thanks Doug T!) and is ready to go on your ticklist.

The start is juggy fun, followed by a committing roof pull which delivers you onto the steep, uniquely featured face with moves that build in difficulty to an attention-getting finish.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Solar Slab - Lower Tier : Frieda's Flake (5.9)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Mar 19, 2013

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Comments: P1 is full-value with beautiful rock and plenty of moves at the grade. Some technical stemming and cool roof sequences make this pitch a more engaging line than a few of its neighbors.

We took doubles to #4 but probably could have gotten by with a single #4 as there are smaller cracks on the sides which can be used for pro. If you only take a single #4, save it for the beginning of the crux.

We belayed on the first comfy ledge above the end of the chimney slot and brok... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : The Country Area : ... : Cunning Stunt (5.10d)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 11, 2012

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Comments: A tcu or alien can protect the moves below the fixed pin, but be aware that the block you are placing it behind is less than solid. If you take up a #.4 Camelot, you can get a bomber piece in a slot around to the right once you move above the pin (before the first bolt).

If you are short, taking the "ramp" variation from the bolt below the crux is worth considering: Step left to gain a small shelf for your hands, smear the feet, then reach straight up to for a small horizontal slot rath... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Middle Town Walls : ... : Gorilla My Dreams (5.10a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Aug 11, 2012

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Comments: An excellent physical line that will test your endurance and resolve.

A #3 Camelot nicely protects before the 1st bolt. If it's damp off the deck, there's also a place for a tcu lower down. After the 1st bolt, the clips are where you want them but if you bring a #.5-.75 you may find a nice spot for it somewhere between the upper bolts, though it's not necessary.

After you catch your breath, be sure to follow the fixed line and short trail uphill to help yourself to a serving o... more >>


Location: WA : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Town Wall : ... : Sagittarius (5.10a/b)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jul 28, 2012

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Comments: A fellow climber aptly described this amazing route as "a voyage." It takes you through so many big, improbable features that by the time you reach the final stretch of steep handcrack, you'll feel as though it was twice as long. Shorter folk will get an extra thrill on the traverse under the roof, as you may not reach the undercling to use for balance.

Gearwise, I find that placing a #3.5 in lieu of clipping the chockstone inspires a bit more confidence for the wide section til you c... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Smoke Bluffs : ... : Talking Holds (5.10a)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: Start feels a little bouldery but the rest of the climb is positive and well-protected overhanging fun. Climb is in the shade for most of the day and you can TR Turbocharger from the anchor.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : The Gobbler (5.10-)
By: Sherri Lewis When: May 4, 2012

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Comments: Excellent moves and rock quality on this one. After the crux move on P2, my partner short-slung a finger-size cam off to the left(in the start of the chimney) which kept her rope from feeding into the gobbler crack as she moved upward.

Also, as you start up P3, be aware that there is an .11d route which branches off to the right after the second bolt. (My topo mistakenly had a line curving to the right for Gobbler and after a move or two in that direction it was clear I was not on a .10a.) Y... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : Bourbon Street (5.8+)
By: Sherri Lewis When: Apr 9, 2012

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Comments: On P1, do you step right after the first bulge at the first small bushy ledge? Above this first ledge, there is a steep hand-to-fingers crack in the face leading to a larger, more imposing overhang with a fist crack running through it(none of which looks 5.7 but maybe there's hidden holds). I haven't seen that larger roof mentioned or pictured in the feedback here so I'm wondering that whole section above the first small ledge is another route altogether? Looks like there is a rap station ju... more >>


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