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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Dropout Option (FA)

5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 100'

CO : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock

Jun 25, 2012

Vaso-power linkup (FA)

5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b (1)

Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'

CO : Boulder Canyon : ... : Right Gully

Apr 9, 2012

Etch-A-Sketch (FA)

5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ E7 6c (1)

Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 300'

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ship's Prow

Dec 2, 2011

Yard Arms (FA)

5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ E7 6c (1)

Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 300'

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ship's Prow

Dec 2, 2011

Keel Haul (FA)

5.13 8a 29 X- E7 6c (1)

Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 300'

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Ship's Prow

Dec 2, 2011

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
6-year-old discovering ice

6-year-old discovering ice

Ice Climbing : How young could someone sta... : Post

Jan 22, 2014

Smooth rap mode from Mammut instructions

Smooth rap mode from Mammut instructions

Climbing Gear Reviews : Edelrid Mega Jul : Post

Jan 7, 2014

Kevin Cooper on the FA of Window Pain, WI Sicks-plus.

Kevin Cooper on the FA of Window Pain, WI Sicks-plus.

Colorado & Rocky Mountain R... : The 2013-2014 Colorado Ice ... : Post

Oct 27, 2013

Kevin Cooper runout on the Smear of Fear. It lived up to its name yesterday - but still not as scary as the US Government.

Kevin Cooper runout on the Smear of Fear. It lived up to its name yesterday - but still not as scary as the US Government.

General Climbing : Government Shutdown - impac... : Post

Oct 1, 2013

Smear of Fear and Crazy Train good to go.

Smear of Fear and Crazy Train good to go.

Colorado & Rocky Mountain R... : The 2013-2014 Colorado Ice ... : Post

Oct 1, 2013

Smear of Fear and Crazy Train good to go.

Smear of Fear and Crazy Train good to go.

Colorado & Rocky Mountain R... : The 2013-2014 Colorado Ice ... : Post

Oct 1, 2013

Fracking operation beginning June 2012 within sight of the flatirons and next to two elementary schools.

Fracking operation beginning June 2012 within sight of the flatirons and next to two elementary schools.

General Climbing : Fracking ruins an American ... : Post

Jun 22, 2012

Etch-a-Sketch topo.

Etch-a-Sketch topo.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Etch-A-Sketch (5.13-)

Dec 2, 2011

Topo for Yard Arms.

Topo for Yard Arms.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Yard Arms (5.13-)

Dec 2, 2011

Topo for Yard Arms, Etch-A-Sketch, and Keel Haul.

Topo for Yard Arms, Etch-A-Sketch, and Keel Haul.

CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Keel Haul (5.13)

Dec 2, 2011

Photo of Common Knowledge by Michael Meyers

Photo of Common Knowledge by Michael Meyers

Trad Climbing : Belaying the leader with a ... : Post

Jun 14, 2011

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : 10,000 Leagues (5.11- R)
By: topher donahue When: Dec 27, 2013

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Comments: Good to hear this climb is getting a bit of traffic and quality assessment by the experts, but I am a bit curious how it could get an easier grade than Lene's Dream, when you have to do the crux of Lene's Dream en route?

Also, on the pitch Scott describes as pitch 2, it appears he exited left early. This pitch is drawn in too far left in Levin's book. On the FA, we angled right until just a few feet from the 5.8 pitch on The Edge, (as close as you can get during the closed season and still be ... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Twin Owls : West Owl Direct (aka Silly ... (5.12a C2 R)
By: topher donahue When: Oct 11, 2013

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Comments: I'm with Bob. Leave the original name and leave the original free rating of .12a R. Unless you practice it and rehearse the gear, it's a scary lead. For grade, it's about spot on with other granite, .12a, trad testpieces. The onsight lead deserves an R rating but is a lot of fun and can be made safe enough. Tri-cams do help in the square pin scars. According to legend, after the FFA Bachar first said it was .11a or so - me thinks he was climbing really well at the time.

Another good bit of triv... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Archangel (5.12c)
By: topher donahue When: Aug 25, 2013

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Comments: Just climbed this onsight to the anchors at the end of the 5.12, then fell off shortly thereafter. Stellar pitch. On par with the Red Dihedral for quality and flavor - not much else near the grade in the Front Range is comparable. There are only 2-3 solid natural gear placements on the entire pitch, most of them in the first 30 feet of 5.11 before the biz. I can see how it would go with less bolts, some pitons and pre-placed mank with long slings to clip low, but I agree with others posting her... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Archangel (5.12c)
By: topher donahue When: Jul 29, 2013

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Comments: Ha! Perfect! As I understand Mr Byrne's request, if Chris can finish the route, then it's all good. My hat's off to you, Thom Byrne - instead of grabbing the crowbar, you throw down the gauntlet to say that if you're gonna cheat the game, you gotta raise the bar!


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : Archangel (5.12c)
By: topher donahue When: Jul 26, 2013

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Comments: Don't get your panties in a wad, guys; now Archangel can repeat the history of China Doll. Some monkey of the future can lead it on gear (in part thanks to the route being cleaned by people clipping the bolts), risking his tail next to perfectly bomber bolts and add to the mystique of the whole thing. The heroes of Archangel can join the heroes of China Doll in wondering if the crack should have been bolted entirely or if just a bolt or two (or none) was enough. In the mean time, we c... more >>


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Chasm View Wall : Veterans With Vertigo (5.12- R)
By: topher donahue When: May 30, 2013

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Comments: Maybe we need a double star system: one for the actual climbing experience and one for each subsequent ascent's satisfaction with the previous ascent's report on mountain project.

If you belay instead of simulclimb, the last pitch(es) are not too bad.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : Circadian Rhythms (5.9+)
By: topher donahue When: Oct 5, 2012

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Comments: For maximum value, clip the bolt (it was a rusty spinner but replaced in recent years) and climb into the thin crack without climbing the chimney to the left. 5.9 plus, hmm, about 10 letter grades....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall : Undertow (5.10a A4- R)
By: topher donahue When: Jul 11, 2012

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Comments: Ah, that makes sense - the Ahab board. I thought maybe that's what you'd beat me with if I'd have decided to try it before your send....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall : Undertow (5.10a A4- R)
By: topher donahue When: Jul 6, 2012

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Comments: Good work, guys! Was just up there a couple of weeks ago and rapped in to check out that line. After seeing your chalk and gear, I realized it was an active project, so didn't pursue it - but I am super curious: what was the old flimsy wooden board doing strapped like Ahab to that last bulge?


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