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Location: UT : Moab Area : Bluff : Cottonwood Wash : Sandwalker Buttress : The Bant (5.9+)
By: S.Mckinna When: Dec 2, 2014

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Comments: Nice job! I haven't been out there in years and I miss it.


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Hoods in the Woods (5.11)
By: S.Mckinna When: Nov 9, 2014

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Comments: This route definitely got harder, probably easier still than the route to the right. After some trial and error, I would agree with the .11b rating. Might be a little harder for the short. I felt like it has become a better route since the hold broke.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Arm and Hammer (5.10-)
By: S.Mckinna When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: Stay headstrong on this one!


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Redemption Arete (5.7)
By: S.Mckinna When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: Hey Ian,

Sorry we didn't get to set any routes this summer, thing weren't working out for me. Perhaps sometime in the future. Take care!


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Redemption Arete (5.7)
By: S.Mckinna When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: The line of bolts can also be gained by climbing up a steep, tight hand crack to the south if the standard start is north. Can't quite remember the direction that stretch runs. It is best approached by getting to Arm & Hammer then walking a short distance climbers right to the start. There was a stuck #1 B.D. cam up high in the crack. I would say it clocked in at 5.10+ and may have garnered a PG-13 or R rating making the crux moves onto the ledge before the bolts.


Location: USBRIT : him : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Oct 12, 2014

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Comments: I wouldn't say all unclimbed…


Location: BugabooTucker : Old School Technique : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Sep 25, 2014

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Comments: Definitely an old school grade on this one!


Location: CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : The Misfits Wall : Astro Zombies (5.10b)
By: S.Mckinna When: Aug 29, 2014

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Comments: This is a really fun route! I would only bring one blue, yellow, and orange TCU or equivalent and one #3 Camalot. It can comfortably be done without the cams too.


Location: CO : Buena Vista : Davis Face : Carter Classic (5.9)
By: S.Mckinna When: Aug 11, 2014

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Comments: You can definitely link pitches 2, 3, & 4 with a 60m rope going either way at the crux roof on pitch 2 if ya bring enough gear.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Needles : Sunlight Spire : ... : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: May 19, 2014

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Comments: Dank you!!!!!


Location: CO : Telluride/Norwood area : Ophir : Cracked Canyon
By: S.Mckinna When: May 19, 2014

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Comments: There have been terrible accidents in cracked canyon involving rockfall. One of which severed a lady's leg above the knee! Be very cautious of people above you (and below) in the canyon and on the rim of the canyon. It would be an absolute nightmare to try to evacuate a person to the road below. Climb safely in this amazing place.


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Rookie Hook (5.10b)
By: S.Mckinna When: May 16, 2014

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Comments: If you go pretty much straight up over all of the bolts to the anchor, it is a 5.10 climb. At the large roof halfway up the route, you can move to the right avoiding the roof making the grade easier.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Bedrock : Wally World (5.9)
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 29, 2014

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Comments: The starting flake will definitely not be there forever! It feels solid enough now, but I wouldn't protect with it. I was happy to have a thin wire to protect the moves to the anchor. Still a tad chossy, but it could clean up….


Location: CO : Naturita and Paradox Valley : Red Rocks : Wall of The Ancients : Ionic Breeze (5.10)
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: If you came here for patina, then stay off this one. It has unrelenting slab moves!


Location: CO : Naturita and Paradox Valley : Red Rocks : Open Range : Nameless Crack (5.9)
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: I continued up the crack past the standard anchor and finished up on the anchor to Black Bart. This section of crack is mostly tight hands or off fingers sizes. One tiny section on this crack was exfoliating otherwise it was good fun. It finishes out the line better IMO as well.


Location: CO : Naturita and Paradox Valley : Red Rocks
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 17, 2014

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Comments: The East Paradox Creek crossing, approach #1, is impassable from the heavy rains last fall. Five foot banks on both sides of the ravine now block the road. The road could be repaired but really it is unnecessary.
Another approach is: heading west on Hwy 90, look for an unmarked ranch road about 200 yards past road EE 21. EE21 is on the left and the unmarked ranch road is on the right. Close the gate behind you. You will pass another gate or two on the way that need to be closed behind... more >>


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 7, 2014

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Comments: Ian, I was wondering if you know about the route left of center about an inch in this photo that goes up an arete for several bolts before traversing left then continuing up the face for a few more bolts to the anchor. I did an on-sight of it some time ago and was proud that I pulled it off (toes were sore). If I remember right I placed a finger sized cam before the bolts started and it was roughly 80'.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Comment : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 7, 2014

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Comments: I felt like Arm and Hammer was more like .10a or b. Jess, my second thought 9+. Maybe just felt strong on that trip. Definitely heads up though, I had no intentions of falling! I think the added bolt was in place when I did it.

Does the 10 Mile Crag campsite have a boulder there with a chipped hold problem on it? Thank you for answering so many questions.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 6, 2014

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Comments: This route is awesome and unique. I would add a grade to this one or at least a big +.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Comment : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Mar 3, 2014

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Comments: Great to finally see some beta. Did "Arm and Hammer" a few years back and loved it! It also scared me a good amount. Not sure it was 10+, but I agree about the crux location.

I also did route "Redemption Arete" but started up the steep hand crack just right of "Arm and Hammer" to gain the bolts. It felt more like hard 5.10 with a R or PG-13 rating to get to the bolts. When I did it, there was a stuck #1 Camalot toward the top of the hand crack.

I LOVE it out here. Thank you for yo... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Technicolor Wall : 60 Beers Later (5.10+)
By: S.Mckinna When: Nov 18, 2013

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Comments: FA: c.busch and jcast, 2005


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : Tradistan Tower : Nuggernaut (5.8)
By: S.Mckinna When: Aug 22, 2013

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Comments: Reads like you missed the P2 traverse. The start of that pitch is pictured above with Andy traversing and the topo posted is accurate also. The raps described by GaryN are spot on as well. There is definitely many ways up this thing. If you make it to the top, follow Gary's description down.


Location: Matthias Holladay : In the Needles and Grenadie... : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: I was thinking graystone or electric pk. Maybe Point Pun....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Arrow Peak : North Ridge (5.6)
By: S.Mckinna When: Aug 18, 2013

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Comments: Over the years. I have done both the east ramp and the North Ridge. I am referring the the North Ridge route. Yes, without a rope it is going to have an X rating in many places on the route. My partner and I hiked in and did the Trinity Traverse the day prior and camped. Next day we did the N. Ridge on arrow and hiked back to the car. We both agreed that the gear we brought in to do that route (rope and rack) wasn't worth taking up into Vestal Basin just for that route. Approach shoes with ... more >>


Location: Matthias Holladay : In the Needles and Grenadie... : Photo
By: S.Mckinna When: Jun 24, 2013

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Comments: Middle Trinity on the right.


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