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Location: Tom Hanson : Berthoud Cave : Photo
By: Stich When: Sep 19, 2008

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Comments: Assume the position.


Location: CO : Ticket Information for Kor'...
By: Stich When: Sep 17, 2008

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Comments: Again, it really is a benefit for Layton. If he could manage a second show, I'm sure he would, but who knows how he is feeling? Don't get put off because you didn't get tickets. I'm certainly not. It will be nice enough seeing Kor get a nice attendance, applause, and a check to go home with.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Left Book : Hiatus (5.7)
By: Stich When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: The pitch 2 crack gets smaller the deeper you put the cam into it, so you can place a #3 low and then a #4 all within 20 ft. of the ledge. It's a stretch to reach in and get them, but it's not tight.

The variation Roland and I did went up this crack until you get to the top of the column. Move right instead of left and you are looking at a small roof/flake with a hand-sized crack running through it. Plug a cam and match hands right of the crack and climb up (5.8). There is a wide cr... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks
By: Stich When: Sep 2, 2008

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Comments: This has to be some of the best crack climbing in the entire state. Even beginners with no success on cracks can find something that fits their hands and have a good time on.

Some GPS driving directions, courtesy of Dru Whitledge.

TKYTrn1 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #1 -- turn off main hiway 67 south of
Deckers at "WestCreek" road sign --
N39 09.220 W105 09.717
TKYTrn2 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #2 Firehouse -- N39 08.653 W105 09.774
TKYTrn3 Turkey Rocks Turnoff #3 -- N39 07.776 W105 12.... more >>


Location: CO : Layton Kor Slide Show
By: Stich When: Aug 27, 2008

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Comments: Again, the main reason this show is happening is that Layton needs some big medical expenses taken care of.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock : Gobbler's Grunt (5.9)
By: Stich When: Aug 20, 2008

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Comments: Thousands upon thousands of winged black ants were on the summit today, swarming as I tried to find an insect free crack to build an anchor. I've never seen so many flying ants in one place. Nasty.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 16, 2008

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Comments: It's that Malcom guy again. He's everywhere!


Location: TX : Continental Ranch
By: Stich When: Aug 15, 2008

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Comments: See the topos for route locations and grades. All of this information and much more is available on the website, including directions to the ranch, climbing locations, and campsite locations.

To set up a trip, call the ranch owner to say when you are coming. Then simply drive to the ranch and pay at the self service kiosk. Fill out the sign in sheet upon entering and when you leave. It's that simple.

Please respect the landowner, Howard, and pay for all parties attending. The camp area is remo... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Plumb Line Crag : Plumb Line (5.9+)
By: Stich When: Aug 10, 2008

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Comments: Funny reading your comment, Richard. I felt this was significantly easier than Friday the 13th. It's because my wrists fit this climb like a glove, where as on F13 they don't quite fit right and are generally too big, until the fist part near the chains. Cupcake is much harder.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Turkey Foot Crack (5.9)
By: Stich When: Aug 3, 2008

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Comments: I lead the far right crack with some rather poor shoes for edging. This compelled me to only use feet in the crack as it began to arch to the left, which was rather strenuous as it weights the hands more. So leave the crummy shoes at home and enjoy yourself.


Location: Amy Denicke : ski mountaineering : Photo
By: Stich When: Jul 23, 2008

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Comments: Very nice! I only did a few tours this last season. Looking forward to next.


Location: Amy Denicke : goof ball : Photo
By: Stich When: Jul 23, 2008

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Comments: AAHHHHHHH!!!!!! - 2008

Ahhhhhh! -2010

I saw this again and thought the exact same thing but wasn't as scared.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road : Cathedral Park
By: Stich When: Jul 20, 2008

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Comments: Thanks for the info, guys. Knowing what rock aint so good is sometimes just as useful as knowing what rock is good. I'll move on to other stuff.


Location: North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : Photo (Copy)
By: Stich When: Jun 29, 2008

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Comments: The cafe is amazingly cute inside. Definitely the best place to start and end your day.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road : Ambiguously Uncertain Crag
By: Stich When: Jun 29, 2008

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Comments: The property line zig zags around the road and includes some land on the right side as you drive to Cripple Creek. But according to the map I have, the spires themselves are on NF land.


Location: CO : South Platte : Rampart Range Road : Parachute Rock : True Religon (5.10c)
By: Stich When: Jun 25, 2008

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Comments: I was actually surprised how solid the layback was. As you get higher, it gets deeper and more sharp, allowing you to really grip the edge well. Establishing yourself in the crack above the layback felt like the crux.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : West Side : West Point Crack (5.8 R)
By: Stich When: Jun 22, 2008

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Comments: Don't attempt to rappel down the face you just climbed. The friction of your rope running over the rock on top will make it impossible to pull. Always rappel off the back the way the rap anchors were meant to be used.

So Nelson, do you rap off the back and downclimb the slab? I'm not sure how you are getting off with one 60m.

I felt fine doing P2 with just a full set of Camelots to #3, although I did place a #4 once. The #3 is the last gear before you run it out to the ancho... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : East Face : Snuggles to Fall Crack (5.8+)
By: Stich When: Jun 13, 2008

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Comments: The mostly unprotected slab to the base of the route takes one sketchy thread through a handbar that looks like it would crumble if you actually fell on it. Just brush off your footholds prior to stepping on them and head up. There is a collection of boulders that has been slung to rappel down from. Kind of funky, but it holds.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock
By: Stich When: Jun 13, 2008

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Comments: We were told not to climb on the East side of N. Gateway rock yesterday, due to falcon closures. However, I can't find any closures posted on the GOG website nor were there any posted on the wooden fence or elsewhere. Anyone know the scoop?


Location: Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiG... : ` : Photo
By: Stich When: May 19, 2008

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Comments: You look very vexed. Just one more drink won't kill you.


Location: TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : Echo Canyon : Orange Peel Area : Cave Crack (5.6)
By: Stich When: Apr 18, 2008

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Comments: The bottom of Cave Crack is a good hand/fist size. If you want to hone your jamming skills, this is one of the cleaner cracks without a lot of crystal facets to gouge your hands.


Location: TX : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : Main Dome : Center Wall : Chunky Tuna (5.5)
By: Stich When: Apr 18, 2008

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Comments: It's low angle enough that one can even down climb at the point Caver's Nightmare crack begins, although newer leaders might not want to do that. This is a great route to learn gear placements on, as you are solid in each stance as you traverse.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The Gallery : Menses Prow : The Big Chill (5.10c)
By: Stich When: Apr 13, 2008

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Comments: The bolts require some traversing from the crack to clip, but it's definitely the crack you want to climb.


Location: North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : Las Agujas (The Spires) : Aguja Celo Rey (5.10a)
By: Stich When: Apr 2, 2008

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Comments: For pitch one, you might feel compelled to try the crack where the saddle between the spires forms, but stay on holds to the right and you'll have less trouble. Some of the old, hand-made pins remain from the Mexican first ascentionists.


Location: North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : Las Agujas (The Spires) : Dirty Dreams (5.11b)
By: Stich When: Apr 2, 2008

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Comments: Well worth doing while you are up at the Spires. The route stays in the shade on hot days.


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