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Rock Climbing Photo: P1 of High Plains Drifter - Squamish, BC

Member Since: May 30, 2012
Last Visit: Oct 14, 2016
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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Temple of Sinawava : Monkeyfinger (5.12)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Nov 4, 2015

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Comments: I climbed this a couple days ago. It was a bit sandy, but mainly in the easy sections. After our ascent, I'd say it is perfectly fine and climbable. We continued to the top and even the final chimney pitch is now fine.

If doing the monkey finger variation, you can stash all gear from BD #3 and up at the anchor after the second pitch and retrieve after rappel.

Location: UT : Zion National Park : Mt. Moroni : Plan B (5.12b)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Nov 4, 2015

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Comments: Awesome line!

Some comments:

It is not obvious where to turn off the main trail if approaching from Zion lodge. Using intuition and the path of least resistance will see you to the base.

There is no need for BD #4's. The second last pitch eats BD #3's. We had two for this pitch, but you could easily place three or four if this size is hard for you.

One BD #5 is useful for pitch two. After this pitch, stash it and retrieve it after rappel.

No nuts nor small gear needed.... more >>

Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Chief : ... : Warriors of the Wasteland (5.12b PG13)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Aug 5, 2015

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Comments: The doubles in the larger cams come in very handy on the upper pitches. P5 generally gradually opens up to 3" and eats lots of gear. The final pitch you definitely want doubles of 3". A 4" could also be used, but it is not worth lugging all the way up in my opinion.

Too bad you didn't go higher. The upper pitches are really good!

Location: UT : Zion National Park : Red Arch Mountain : Rites of Passage (5.11+)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Nov 1, 2014

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Comments: We got on this route the other day I thought I'd provide a few comments. It is a good route with a few high quality pitches. However, a few spots are very overgrown and need a scrubbing - mostly P5 and P7. This would drastically improve the quality of experience on the route. It is currently climbable, just not that pleasant for those couple pitches.

We had doubles to 6" with an extra 4" piece and this seemed to work fine.

For any short leaders, be careful on the crux pitch as you're forced ... more >>

Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Watchman : The Vigil (5.11 R)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Oct 21, 2014

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Comments: Awesome route!

For those looking to do this climb, but hesitant because of the 'R' rating, I did not find it as bad as the guidebook and other comments suggests. The crux on the final pitch is at the bolt and thereafter it is maybe 5.10 for a while. Although it is runout, it is not 5.11. This is for both tall and short people.

Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : M&M wall (AKA "Supercave Wa... : Ellen Pea (5.11 PG13)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Sep 8, 2014

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Comments: What a fun route. Pitch three is a real classic!

There is great beta and topos found on Colin Moorehead's website ( and Blake Herrington's Blog (

Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Stuart-Enchantments : Prusik Peak : Der Sportsman (5.11+)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Sep 8, 2014

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Comments: Awesome route! It appears that two new shiny bolts have been added to the 'R' section on pitch two. It is definitely no longer run out.

Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : The Chief : ... : Midnight Run (5.12a/b)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Jul 31, 2014

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Comments: Although the gear can be finicky at a few spots, I disagree with the comment that it is PG13/R. The only time you are more than a body length away from a solid piece, it is sub 5.9 terrain.
It is a fantastic route!

Location: UT : Moab Area : Onion Creek : The Hindu : North Face (5.12a R)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Oct 27, 2013

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Comments: I do not think this route reserves the 'R' rating. I think that 'PG' is more representative of the 11a section described above. Sure, there are several 'R' sections of 5.8 and under, including traverses, but nothing in the 5.11- range.

Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Fin Wall : Hot Fun Sunday (5.11)
By: Travis McClinchey When: Apr 14, 2013

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Comments: To reiterate... the last ~ 15 to 20 feet is only protectable with BD #4, despite what the guidebook suggests!

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