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Member Since: Jul 29, 2008
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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Lions on the Beach

WI4- (24)

Ice, 1 pitch, 80'

NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond...

Nov 17, 2009

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Climber on the first belay of Horseman

Climber on the first belay of Horseman

NY : The Gunks : ... : Horseman (5.5)

May 27, 2013

Castle rock viewed from across the Wenatchee river.

Castle rock viewed from across the Wenatchee river.

WA : Central-East Cascades & Wen... : ... : Castle Rock

Oct 1, 2012

The first pitch of Midway (5.5) starts in the corner and climbs the chimney.

The first pitch of Midway (5.5) starts in the corner and climbs the chimney.

WA : Central-East Cascades & Wen... : ... : Midway (5.5)

Oct 1, 2012

Dave climbing Eat Yourself a New Pie on a nice day in early fall.

Dave climbing Eat Yourself a New Pie on a nice day in early fall.

NY : Adirondacks : ... : Eat Yourself a Pie (5.8)

Aug 27, 2012

Climbing Pitch 3 of the Royal Arches with over 1000 feet of climbing above. Sweet!

Climbing Pitch 3 of the Royal Arches with over 1000 feet of climbing above. Sweet!

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches (5.10a/b)

Sep 30, 2011

Jeff leading Pitch 14 of the Royal Arches.

Jeff leading Pitch 14 of the Royal Arches.

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches (5.10a/b)

Sep 30, 2011

My partner Jeff on Pitch 15 of the Royal Arches.

My partner Jeff on Pitch 15 of the Royal Arches.

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Royal Arches (5.10a/b)

Sep 30, 2011

Marcy leading one of the upper pitches

Marcy leading one of the upper pitches

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Snake Dike (5.7 R)

Sep 1, 2011

The optional belay on bishop's terrace. I remember that flake being pretty wobbly. Might be better to just keep climbing.

The optional belay on bishop's terrace. I remember that flake being pretty wobbly. Might be better to just keep climbing.

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Bishops Terrace (5.8)

Sep 1, 2011

A bunch of parties on Snake Hike

A bunch of parties on Snake Hike

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Snake Dike (5.7 R)

Sep 1, 2011

Marcy pulling the crux.

Marcy pulling the crux.

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Dagger (5.10d)

Sep 1, 2011

The climb on the the left is a great route

The climb on the the left is a great route

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Super Hands (5.8)

Sep 1, 2011

Michael Approaching the crux of Guiding Light

Michael Approaching the crux of Guiding Light

CA : Yosemite National Park : ... : Guiding Light (5.10a)

Sep 1, 2011

Thin conditions at the Playground in the Catskills in Feb 2008.

Thin conditions at the Playground in the Catskills in Feb 2008.

NY : Catskills (Ice) : ... : The Playground (WI2-3)

Nov 17, 2009

Lions on the Beach in March 2008

Lions on the Beach in March 2008

NY : Adirondacks : ... : Lions on the Beach (WI4-)

Nov 17, 2009

Climbing through the crux on Upper Diagonal 5.9 at Devil's Lake, WI.

Climbing through the crux on Upper Diagonal 5.9 at Devil's Lake, WI.

WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Upper Diagonal (5.9)

Jul 29, 2008

Contributed Comments

 

Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Ken's Crack (5.7+)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 15, 2011

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Comments: I love this route, even though it's so short, because it's one of the few routes at the Gunks that offers the opportunity to get stellar hand and finger jams (another being Sonja, but it's a notch up in difficulty). I agree with the 5.7 rating, but I think this rating only applies if you're proficient at hand-jamming and finger-locking and you get the crux sequence just right. That being said, hand-jamming and finger-locking don't come naturally to most climbers and the Gunks offers very few opt... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Retribution (5.10b)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 15, 2011

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Comments: I love this route. Super fun, sustained and great pro. Somehow this route gets rated a PG but Bunny to the left gets rated a G. I actually think it's the opposite. I remember being able to place as much pro as anyone could ever want on Retribution but I remember the pro on Bunny being kind of sketchy.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : P38 (5.10b PG13)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 15, 2011

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Comments: Stellar route! For the well protected version, traverse way left on the ledge after the crux, like 15 feet, until you find a nice pink tricam placement at chest level. Place that little sucker and then crank over the bulge at about 5.7. Doing it that way felt well protected. I'd give it a G. If you instead took the direct line up straight up the face after the crux then I feel that would be a spicy 5.10 move, albeit super fun.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Sonja (5.10b)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 15, 2011

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Comments: This little route is super cool. It's a true rarity in the Gunks - one of the only pure hand cracks that I can think of. It's only tight hands in a few spots. I have big hands and I managed to find nice jams. I even got a finger lock at one point. Totally classic!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : Dry Martini (5.7)
By: SketchySam When: Oct 5, 2011

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Comments: We did this for the first time last weekend and it was great. Most climbs were either wet from the rainstorm the previous night, or had people on them, so we decided to give this one a shot. The second belay station, consisting of two pins and a tricam, would have required traversing way out right so I just climbed straight up a bit more and set a belay a little higher. If you do a good job at placing runners, you could probably just climb straight to the GT ledge from the first belay and skip t... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : f. The Guides' Wall (Madame... : Finger Locks or Cedar Box (5.5)
By: SketchySam When: Sep 7, 2010

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Comments: This is quite possibly one of my favorite moderate single pitch routes at the gunks. I'm a crack lover and it's rare to find a nice cruiser splitter like this at the gunks.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Arch (5.5)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 17, 2009

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Comments: There are a couple of spots on P1 where you simply can't fall - the holds and pro a both bad in some spots. Granted, the climbing is easy, but the rock is suspect. In addition, the first pitch traverses so much that its difficult to protect well and prevent rope drag. P2 is mediocre climbing at best. The route is contrived - loose holds, dirty climbing, excessive traversing and sketchy pro.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Wall : The Wall - Left Side : Hands Off (5.8)
By: SketchySam When: Nov 17, 2009

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Comments: This is quite possibly my favorite route at JTree. This aesthetic line demands flawless style and requires every technique in the book. Put a beginner on this and watch him flail. Put a pro on this and watch him have the time of his life.


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