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Location: South Carolina : Table Rock : Watergroove Wall : Dry Line (5.9 PG13)
By: TomCaldwell When: Apr 7, 2014

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Comments: Exactly what Nathan said. I took the approach that the NC Select guide does for a place like Stone Mtn. NC when referring to an all-bolt protected line. Once you clip the first bolt on most of these routes, you should start to feel a lot more comfortable. Some of these you can also pre-clip, but you should want to clip normally if you plan on climbing at TR frequently.


Location: AL : Steele : Sugar Magnolia (5.8)
By: TomCaldwell When: Mar 3, 2014

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Comments: My description is for a direct start that avoids unneccesarily breaking the climb into two pitches. The more well protected start in the left corner was dirty looking and would result in drag if linking. The rap off monopoly was the easiest since it required one rope and SM leads that way.


Location: NC : Laurel Knob : Route Of The Living Dead (5.10+)
By: TomCaldwell When: Mar 2, 2014

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Comments: Great climb! I would skip the last pitch. It is very dirty.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Pendergrass-Murray Recreati... : Bronaugh Wall : Like A Turtle (5.11b) : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Feb 28, 2014

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Comments: Your correct. There is a big turtle head right after half way. I think you can cop a good rest on it as well.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Test Pilots Buttress : Backdoor Man (5.12a)
By: TomCaldwell When: Feb 24, 2014

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Comments: 4 star movement, 1 star rock quality.


Location: CA : Inland Empire : Riverside Quarry : Torture Machine Area : Tangerine Dream (5.10d) : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Jan 28, 2014

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Comments: I was commenting on the batman logo. Thanks for the insult though.


Location: Chris Lorimer : Photos : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Jan 20, 2014

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Comments: Not my preferred method of aid, but you make it look good.


Location: South Carolina : Table Rock
By: TomCaldwell When: Jan 16, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the trail head update.


Location: South Carolina : Table Rock
By: TomCaldwell When: Jan 5, 2014

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Comments: I believe new route development is not allowed in case anyone was wondering why FA info has been excluded.


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East : Hungry for Heaven (5.10d)
By: TomCaldwell When: Jan 2, 2014

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Comments: I didn't find the gear at the start to be that difficult. It tapers down, which means large nut, pink/red tri-cam, or .5 camalot. I went with the .5 and still had plenty of space for the upper jam right above the roof. The route is hard, more like an 11.


Location: Nevada : Popcorn : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Dec 21, 2013

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Comments: Is that some massive caulk gun? Wtf?


Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - Main Wall : New Creature (5.11b/c) : Comment : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Dec 12, 2013

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Comments: Hell yeah! Thanks a lot Nathan. Having done that route before the upgrade, I can tell you it is much appreciated.


Location: CA : San Diego County : Culp Valley : Windy Boulders : Windy Boulders North : ... : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Nov 22, 2013

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Comments: Thanks! It is for my lady. Unfortunately the sites I have been looking at for Teeki don't sell tops anymore, especially not like that one.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain : Sly Corner (Naysayer) (5.11) : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Nov 14, 2013

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Comments: I thought the .5 was great. A few of the lobes were locked behind some granite nubs. Great addition that i will surely repeat.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain : Sly Corner (Naysayer) (5.11)
By: TomCaldwell When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: I thought the gear was good. The jug at the roof made it easy to figure that piece out. The direct finish is the way to go. Really enjoyed the pump at the last two bolts. No reason this should get an avoid rating. How about the #5 Rock on Inner Peace? Classic NC trad, this one is easier to place.


Location: CA : San Diego County : Culp Valley : Windy Boulders : Windy Boulders North : ... : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Nov 13, 2013

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Comments: What top is that?


Location: NC : Big Green : Paralleling (5.10- PG13)
By: TomCaldwell When: Oct 11, 2013

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Comments: I would give the finish to P1 an R rating, not PG13. A fall near the anchor of P1 over the bulge would have consequences to your ankles or the back of your head. The falls on the rest of the route would just result in slides.


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Nose Area : Hyperbola Direct Start (5.11a)
By: TomCaldwell When: Jul 28, 2013

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Comments: I would suggest placing a nut below the first bolt at the base of the flake instead of a cam. A nut will be more likely to hold and not break the flake. Don't place pro that relies on expansion to hold when it is in something loose or questionable.


Location: NC : Cedar Rock
By: TomCaldwell When: May 15, 2013

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Comments: +1 for a good guide book. I left the NC Select book at home yesterday and just brought this new one from Mike. It was more than what I needed to have a successful day in the area. If you plan to spend a good amount of time in the Pisgah area, this guide is a must.


Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - Main Wall : New Creature (5.11b/c)
By: TomCaldwell When: May 14, 2013

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Comments: The description seems confusing. Start just right of flake of Sibling Revelry. Head up overlaps to three bolts and some gear. Belay below the roof on finger sized gear in the crack. Belay is hanging. For the second pitch move up the crack then get into the corner out right. Stem and jam your way up the crux and move right on top of the head wall bulge below two bolts on the slab. Finish at anchors on frijolitos. Nothing larger than a #1 camalot, double fingers sized, and nuts. This route w... more >>


Location: NC : Stone Depot
By: TomCaldwell When: May 1, 2013

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Comments: Check out Mike Reardon's guide book Cedar Rock and Satellite Crags. It made our first trip to Stone Depot an easy one!


Location: NC : Stone Depot : North By Northwest (5.8-)
By: TomCaldwell When: May 1, 2013

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Comments: You don't need a 70m to link pitches. We did it with a 60m no problem. Thanks to Mike's book for the beta.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : North Carolina Wall : Photo
By: TomCaldwell When: Apr 17, 2013

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Comments: Is that you Nathan?


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Mt. Olive Rock : South Central (5.11a)
By: TomCaldwell When: Apr 4, 2013

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Comments: Fun climb. Don't let the dirt deter you. The rock is actually pretty solid.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Hanging Chain : Talk This Way (5.10d)
By: TomCaldwell When: Mar 29, 2013

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Comments: This one kept my attention the entire time. Thin, exciting, and thought provoking. Great addition to the Bald! This one will be a classic once it gets a little more traffic. Although not the easiest for short folks.


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