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By Eric D
From Gnarnia
Jan 2, 2013
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, high Sierras.

I hope that 2012 was good climbing year for you all. If so, let's hear it!

What were the top routes of 2012 for you? Try and keep lists below 10 if possible.


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By Pitty
From Marbach
Jan 2, 2013
My cool Elly....

Excalibur - Wendenstöcke Switzerland


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jan 2, 2013
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Several great trips to RRG, no broken bones for 4th year in a row...I'm good.


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By David Appelhans
From Lafayette
Jan 2, 2013
Imaginate

Birds of Fire, RMNP.


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By Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 2, 2013
Cleaning up in Jenny Lake.

I did a lot of great mountains in the Sierra this year.

Bear Creek Spire
North Palisade
Cathedral Peak

Did some fun rock and ice routes but none that I'm terribly proud of. I'm hoping for more in 2013.


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By sthomas
Jan 2, 2013

Original Route on Rainbow Wall (Red Rocks, March), the Black Dike (Cannon, NH, last ice season), and basically everything in Kalymnos (October).


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By JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 2, 2013
Me on Half Dome Boulder, Middle Finger of Fury <br /> <br />Awesome problem!

Eric D wrote:
I hope that 2012 was good climbing year for you all. If so, let's hear it! What were the top routes of 2012 for you? Try and keep lists below 10 if possible.


What were yours Eric?


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By JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 2, 2013
Me on Half Dome Boulder, Middle Finger of Fury <br /> <br />Awesome problem!

N. Ridge of Mt. Stuart in a day, and Mt. Hayden in the Grand Canyon for me.


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By randy88fj62
Jan 2, 2013
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades

Trad

1 Venusian Blind 5.7, 14 pitches on temple crag in palisades.

2 West Crack 5.9 Tuolumne Meadowns.

Mountaineering
3 Dana Coloiur in Tuolumne Meadows.

4 Thunderbolt Peak early season ascent in Palisades via colouir with half a pitch of 40° ice.

Big Wall
5 South Face of Washington Column in the valley (bailed after Kor's wall due to heat)


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Jan 2, 2013
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

A good bunch of routes at NRG and across NC, but here are a few that stand out:
Homer Erectus- NRG (memorable because it was the 1st time I RP'ed the grade in just a couple of tries)
Blue Chock- Moore's Wall, NC (had climbed before but had not led)
Invisible Airwaves at Looking Glass, NC
East Buttress of Middle Cathedral-Yosemite
Central Pillar of Frenzy-Yosemite
RNWF of Half Dome-Yosemite


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By Seth Derr
From harrisburg, pa
Jan 2, 2013
Hey there!

While I didn't do as many long routes as i would've liked, Dream of Wild Turkeys and The Black Dagger in Red Rocks were both pretty fantastic. Points of Contact at T-Wall and Roseland at the Gunks were both memorable. Back to the Front at Seneca. Everything my fingers had the good fortune of touching at the New, but Rapscallions Blues, Black and Tan, and Lost Souls stand out as favorites.


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By fossana
From Boulder, CO
Jan 2, 2013
West Overhang

I was fortunate to have a month-long break between jobs this summer, which I spent in the Sierra and Yosemite. Highlights included:

  • Harding Route on Conness
  • soloed E Arete of Bear Creek Spire (unfinished business)
  • Steck-Salathé on the Sentinel
  • solo car-to-car link-up of Moon Goddess Arete on Temple, Galey, Sill, Polemonium, N Pal, Starlight and Thunderbolt

TR with pics here.

Looking forward to another summer of alpine granite.


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By A.Javi.Gecko
From San Diego, CA
Jan 2, 2013
V3, Castle Hill, NZ

Nothing long or epic but...:

1. Nude ascent of Temples of Stone, 5.10a sport Payne's Ford NewZealand

2. Onsights of Waimea 5.10d and P1 of Tropicana 5.11a, Rumney NH

3. Leading trad at all. Hopefully 2013 sends some mentors my way (hint-hint).
Racing In The Streets, 5.8 trad, Charleston, NZ

4. Flashing several V5s. Thrutching through the Unrepeatable Mantel V6, Castle Hill NZ

5. Returning to climbing shape after destroying my ankle Thanksgiving 2011 and
Meeting/befriending new partners across the world :)


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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Jan 2, 2013
You stay away from mah pig!

Did a couple spurt prodges. Got back to the wingate after too many years away. Did some fa's. did not do any big stuff this year, which I'm bummed about. Am more bummed about wrapping up the year with a broken foot.


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By superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Jan 2, 2013
Free Solo up hitchcock gully WI3

Kautz Glacier on Rainier


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By Graham S
From Riverside, CA
Jan 2, 2013
Mt. Whitney

Being part of a resque in May. Taking a 40 ft. fall and not injuring myself.


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By Guy H.
From Fort Collins CO
Jan 2, 2013
Crux roof on Freeway...

  • Climbed a dozen alpine routes with some great partners, including 3 days on the Diamond and 3 on Mt. Evans.
  • Finally red-pointed the Naked Edge a few days before my 40th birthday!
  • Did some road trips to some new and old destinations. (City of Rocks, Devil's Tower, Moab, Cochise, Uinta's, Mt. Lemmon)

I am looking forward to some warmer weather!


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By sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Jan 2, 2013
One of my first trad leads, on Ooga Chocka at Crowder's Mountain.

Summitted Cotopaxi - first mountaineering experience

Lots of awesome climbing in Ecuador at new (to me) crags.

Discovered Shortoff Mtn. in Linville Gorge - one of my new favorite crags after only one trip. Dopey duck, Construction Job, Straight and Narrow all stellar.

Several great NRG trips - highlights include onsighting Legacy, Bullet the New Sky (on TR... redpoint is a goal for '13), Black and Tan, Burning Calves.


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By TDoyle
From Milford, MA
Jan 2, 2013
Photo by Andrew Frongillo.

First ever trips to Rumney and Whitehorse Ledge in NH.
First Sport Lead and multi-pitch (clip-a-dee-doo-da)
First ever 5.10 and V4+ (up to 5.10- on lead in the gym)

(not very impressive to most of you, I'm sure, but a big deal for me.)


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By reboot
From Westminster, CO
Jan 2, 2013

Climbing w/ some hard cranking chicks. Everything else was pale in comparison.


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By Lance S
From Maryville, TN
Jan 2, 2013
On top of the first pitch of the Nose

First ever trad lead! I led 1st pitch of Safari Jive (5.8) at Looking Glass. Highlight of my life.


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By KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Jan 2, 2013
Me at the summit of Inner Course (5.4) in the Outlets.  Long, lovely, mellow route.  Well protected even.  My favorite lead from the trip.

Celebrated my 50th birthday on top of Mt. Whitney. It was my first mountaineering experience.


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By Eric D
From Gnarnia
Jan 2, 2013
Born again on the last move of the Red Dihedral, high Sierras.

In no particular order:

Hald-dome in a day
Positive Vibrations
The Rostrum
FA of Jolt Train - because I tried so hard I thought I was going to throw up
Solar Slab to Eagle Dance link-up
Desert Shield - despite not finishing we threw the wall rager of the century. I apologize to the parties sleeping on Moonlight Buttress that probably thought we were very, very annoying.


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By Jay Eggleston
From Littleton
Jan 2, 2013
Berlin

Being able to climb again after a little over a year off due to a head injury and being in a coma.


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By tsuji
From Boulder, CO
Jan 2, 2013
On Peak 11,300 in the Ruth

For me my top three (in this order) were:

1. Southwest Ridge, Peak 11,300
2. Astroman
3. Primrose Dihedrals


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By PeterW
From Dryden, NY
Jan 2, 2013

The Barb on Spearhead - RMNP
Center Route on Cynical Pinnacle - South Platte
"Fat Date" linkup at Lumpy
Esthesia - Spider's Web, ADKs
Fear of Touching Aerie linkup - Moss Cliff, ADK (best route in the park?)
Beef Jello - City of Rocks, ID (hardest clean trad lead to date at 5.10d)


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