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By Bryan G
From San Jose
Jan 2, 2013
Puffy jackets and Happy Boulders

Just ten hmm...

1. Steck-Salathe, Sentinel Rock
2. Welcome to Courtright, Power Dome
3. Crack of Doom, Elephant Rock
4. The Sermon, Pulpit Rock
5. A Little Nukey, Power Dome
6. Community Pillar, Red Rocks
7. The Flakes, Middle Cathedral
8. The Flake Route, The Obelisk
9. Worst Error, Left, Elephant Rock
10. Slab Happy Pinacle Left, East Ledges


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By JMo
From Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 2, 2013
mayflower

1- darkstar, Winslow wall
2- spite and malice, the waterfall
3- getting all the pitches sent on rubo's and the scenic cruise, Sedona
4- backing off NE face feather peak after tying my shoes at base of p1 due to hail (26 mile round trip approaching), then following west face eichorn's as consolation prize
5- purple shark, my first .12 send!
6- taking the whipper on Queenfolia
7- first-ever through sixth trips to creek.... incredible hand crack!
8- beat down at the voo, followed by warm bath climbing at wild iris
9- epinephrine, even as a mere second on every pitch but one
10- best of the list, the day my gal and I had on purblind pillar, red rocks


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By Wyowhitewater
From Golden
Jan 2, 2013

Summiting the Grand Teton via the complete Exum ridge with my father 20 years after the first time we summited together


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By Jeff Kent
From Sedona, Az
Jan 2, 2013

The Nose in 11 hours for my first trip up El Cap!


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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Jan 2, 2013
Mathematical!

The red route at the gym.


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By lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Jan 3, 2013
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Struttin.

Grand Wall, Squamish and Stanley-Burgner on Prussik Peak

Jeff Kent's post (above) is my favorite so far.


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By IronMan
Jan 3, 2013

Really getting into climbing, and progressing relatively fast.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
Jan 3, 2013
Colonel Mustard

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


That's the heart of it, man. Good to hear you are out there doing it. The rest is usually boring, lurid details. I had a pretty good year, I am satisfied.


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By michael broad
From Moab, Utah
Jan 3, 2013

This was my best climbing year so far!

1. Positive vibes
2. Freeblast
3. Astroman
4. HDIAD
5. The Rostrum
6. First 5.12 trad lead- Paradise Lost
7. Bladerunner, three turkeys
8. Getting to know the Waterfall


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By BHMBen
From The Deeper South
Jan 3, 2013
Post climb snack... <br /> <br />Photo is of Strappo Hughes, taken in the Yosemite Lodge parking lot in 1982 by Russ Walling.

More generally....
Started year with a weekend long Tennessee Wall camping trip with my closest friends...two or three subsequent visits this year.
LOTS of climbing at my two home crags....Steele, mainly.
6 trips to Western NC for big, obscure granite routes I've been wanting to do for a long time....also, lots of more casual climbing in Panthertown and around Whitesides.
Pulled more 11s, cleanly and over gear on sandstone and granite.
Climbed 11C sport, cleanly.
C3 aid...in winter.
Made it to Yosemite and Tuolumne for the first time in May....awesome.
Visited two new-to-me, semi-local crags/escarpments.
Helped develop routes at two high quality locations.
It was a good year....really settling into a climbing program from which I derive a great deal of pleasure.


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By Jack Sparrow
From denver, co
Jan 3, 2013

Most memorable routes of 2012 for me
1. La violencia el salto
2. prince of theives boulder canyon
3. Culo de negra el salto
4. Piles of trials boulder canyon
5. Plan b boulder canyon


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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jan 3, 2013
Stoked...

Finding and developing this new area in CT: Bald Rock Basin Probably the largest legal bouldering in the state.


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By Wilson On The Drums
From Woodbury, MN
Jan 3, 2013
best in the hills

Starting to climb and learning to climb smart after recovering from shoulder surgery (cliff jumping accident in 2011). Not getting hurt again or getting in over my head. Learning to climb trad, getting comfortable at leading, learning multipitch, anchors, and other important skills. Red pointing my first 5.11 and onsighting my first 5.11, taking my first fall (albeit small) and bouldering 2 classic V5s and one V6.


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By Jason Kaplan
From Glenwood ,Co
Jan 3, 2013
avitar pic <br />

-Epinephrine 11 hrs c2c onsight
-200+ pitches this year, after breaking my back the previous august.
-My first 5.11 trad route, onsight none the less
-fisher towers (the king and echo)
-first trip to the creek, on sighted IHC by headlamp after on sighting 3 AM after working an adopt a crag the same day. Also OS low cholesterol.
- tons of new areas visited (uintas, BCC, Maple, blodgette, the creek, bishop, lovers leap, red rock, the city, castle rock, Q'emelin, big rock, auburn quarry, ten sleep, wolcott)
-Os night time solo of pyramid peak
-OS center route and sugar magnolia in the Platte

One of my best climbing years ever.

Special thanks to Jeff young, Ty Tyler, and Brady Robinson at The Access Fund for making my year what it was. Working on the Conservation Team kicked ass and was one of the best experiences of my life.


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By Reggie Pawle
Jan 3, 2013

fafnir, hassig's direct on cannon cliff, ptarmigan ridge on rainier, full north ridge of stuart, beckey-chouinard on south howser tower. I'm lucky to have some of the most psyched climbers I know to climb with.


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By fossana
From Boulder, CO
Jan 3, 2013
West Overhang

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

Jay, good to hear that you're back at it. You get my vote my vote for the best 2012 accomplishment.

Jason Kaplan wrote:
Working on the Conservation Team kicked ass and was one of the best experiences of my life.

Jason, thanks for the trail work in Eldo. You guys did a great job!


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By Ryan Williams
Administrator
From London (sort of)
Jan 3, 2013
El Chorro

For me 2012 was largely about NOT climbing. For the first time since 2007 I put climbing down at number three or four on the priority list and it was quite refreshing.

I did still manage to keep my onsight level around the same while increasing my bouldering level. I suppose that has a lot to with climbing indoors.

Highlights:
- Zeppelin, El Chorro
- Four amazing weekends in a row of perfect weather in March. Nothing in the world like climbing on the Grit when it's been cold and dry for a month.
- Week ling trip with my wife to Cornwall for the most beautiful seaside granite you'll find anywhere.
- A week in Font with old friends from Thailand.


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By TWK
Jan 4, 2013

The highlight of 2012 was also the highlight of 35 years of climbing.

It was a three pitch 5.3, Knapsack Crack, on the low-angle slabs of Hogsback at Lover's Leap.

It was the first multi-pitch climb for my 14 year-old daughter, and it was worth the wait. It is a window to a whole new world for her.


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