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Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : The Rainbow Wall : The Original Route (5.12-)
By: aaron hope When: May 24, 2017

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Comments: Phenomenal route. A couple notes from our May 22nd ascent:

1) Starting in mid-May, the bottom half of the route is in the SUN from sunrise till about 2pm. We didn't expect this as everyone says this is an all-shade route. I guess most folks don't climb it in the summer months. Even with the sun, the temps were fine on the route, mid-70s while the lower elevation RR temps were in the upper 80s and Vegas proper was 95. Elevation is a beautiful thing.

2) We thought because we breezed up... more >>


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Lost Arrow Spire : Lost Arrow Spire Direct (5.8 C2)
By: aaron hope When: May 4, 2017

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Comments: "The middle of the 2nd pitch is C3...60 foot fall potential". I don't recall that being the case. In fact, pitch 2 was my first ever C2 pitch and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and well protected it was. The hooks and rivets were all in between great bolts when I did it in 2010.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 14 - Cascade Area : Pat and Jack Pinnacle : Sherrie's Crack (5.10c)
By: aaron hope When: Feb 16, 2017

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Comments: Someone above said "the serenity crux was a little more powerful and steep, although the fingerlocks were a little more secure."

That is spot on.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Mammoth Rock : Bridge of Sighs (5.10c R)
By: aaron hope When: Dec 5, 2016

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Comments: The first pitch is Not R rated. At most the bolt is about 5 feet below you when you're making a 5.8 move to get to the next bolt. The head factor comes from being able to trust that the rock wont break. Its pretty solid on this route, but remember to pull down and not out.

Really recommend the 11b start. Super solid rock and very well protected. The traverse over to the Bridge line is also protected by a bolt at the start of the traverse so it's pretty ... more >>


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Church Bowl : Church Bowl Lieback (5.8)
By: aaron hope When: Oct 18, 2016

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Comments: Witnessed an accident a couple weeks ago - belayer lowered their friend of the end of the rope and they claimed to have a 65 meter rope. Supertopo makes it seem like you can do it with a 60 meter rope but you can't. Even a 70 won't make it, depending on what tree you anchor off of. Tie knots. Pay attention.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : The Rock of Ages : Old Bolt Route (5.11b)
By: aaron hope When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: Would love to see this thing updated to a modern route.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Flintstone Rock : Oona Kuma (5.10b)
By: aaron hope When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: Left start.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Murphy Creek : Mandric- direct start (5.11b)
By: aaron hope When: Jul 18, 2016

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Comments: The crux for me was pulling the bulge/roof (which I guess is only 10c according to the book). It protects with a #4. You could use a #3 to protect it about a foot higher, but you'll be blocking your hands from a much needed jam. Really safe lead.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Mammoth Rock : Boromir (5.11a)
By: aaron hope When: Dec 14, 2015

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Comments: Really fun climb. One of the cleaner climbs in the area (no loose stuff). Moving past the lieback rail at the third bolt was wild!


Location: California : Central Coast : Pinnacles National Park : East Side : Discovery Wall : ... : Photo
By: aaron hope When: Nov 3, 2015

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Comments: I think everyone goes left, over the roof and the mantle for Stupendous man which isn't as you show it in the photo.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Flintstone Rock : The Quarry (5.10c)
By: aaron hope When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: Thanks for putting up this route. One of the best ones in Pine Canyon.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Flintstone Rock : Oona Kuma (5.10b)
By: aaron hope When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: Both my partner and I thought getting to the first bolt was easily 11a. Bring your stick clip.


Location: California : San Francisco Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Mammoth Rock : Proboscis (5.10c PG13)
By: aaron hope When: Nov 2, 2015

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Comments: Good route and well protected at the hard bits. Actually, its well protected in general and the rock is generally good, but you need to be careful on the easy terrain (5.7) as there are some friable holds. A couple more ascents will make this an area classic.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : DAFF Area : Dark Side Dome : The Imperial March (5.10a/b)
By: aaron hope When: Oct 22, 2015

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Comments: Yes, one pitch is great. But be sure to use long slings down low and I recommend unclipping the last bolt once you reach the mid-way anchors or you'll face bad drag uptop like i did (even using an shoulder length sling on that bolt didn't help).


Location: Nevada : Lake Tahoe : Photo
By: aaron hope When: Oct 14, 2015

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Comments: Not a secret. Google Whale Beach Tahoe.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Leaning Tower Area : Fifi Buttress : Voyager (5.11c)
By: aaron hope When: Oct 13, 2015

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Comments: We did it in perfect weather on an hot October Saturday. Only one other party. No crowding. My partner and I agreed that the incinerator pitch was way harder than anything on the Rostrum and Pinky paralysis. To be fair, it was also just different than those other climbs. However, the 11c boulder pitch was surprisingly easy. I guess I stumbled on the beta. Felt like 10D.
Great climb, good location, nice ledges. Easy raps.


Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Second Pullout : The Black Corridor : Upper Level : ... : Photo
By: aaron hope When: Aug 7, 2015

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Comments: Yea, looks pretty natural.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Mariuolumne Area : Lamb Dome : Ground Effects (5.11c)
By: aaron hope When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: This was a great knob pinching/crimping climb. Fairly sustained up the steep part to the bulge and then pulling the bulge is perhaps the crux. Its well protected. However, the second crux for me was the 10+ slab moves a couple feet above the last bolt.


Location: Nevada : Reno and Carson City : Mogul Cliffs
By: aaron hope When: Jun 18, 2015

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Comments: I climbed here once in early spring and encountered three different rattlesnakes around the crag...two at the base and one on a small ledge while I was rappelling!


Location: Europe : Norway : Uksedal (Uskedalen)
By: aaron hope When: Jun 12, 2015

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Comments: Rock and Ice had a good article on this place.
climbing.com/route/higher-call...


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 10 - The Cookie Cliff : Catchy (5.10d)
By: aaron hope When: Apr 27, 2015

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Comments: WARNING: Ledge at top is dangerously loose as of 4/27/2015. Did this for the second time this year. Didn't notice anything either time I climbed it, but the second time, after rapping from Catchy Corner to the top of Catchy, I waited at the top of the Catchy anchors while my partner rapped....and the ledge you stand on MOVES. It was literally shaking back and forth about an inch as my partner rappelled, caused by the force of the weighted rope leveraging over the lip. The block is about triangul... more >>


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 1 - Parkline Slab : Flying In The Mountains (5.11a)
By: aaron hope When: Apr 27, 2015

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Comments: Destined to be a classic? Felt as fun as Serenity Crack (and a lot less painful). Probably soft for the grade and not sustained. Trad pitches had great rests for setting gear. We started with the just right of the arete on the face past two bolts and a pin and then went left to the crack/arete and followed that up to the P1 anchors. This seems like the most logical start to me and looked a lot easier (and more fun) than the actual 5.9 corner start.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Pothole Dome : Pot Luck (5.11a)
By: aaron hope When: Mar 3, 2015

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Comments: Yikes. Is this thing really only 11a? I thought it was harder. But the swing is fun!


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Rattlesnake Canyon : Corral Wall : ... : Pony Express (5.9)
By: aaron hope When: Dec 26, 2014

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Comments: One of the starting holds broke on me after barely pulling on it. Very likely that the start is harder now. In general, this climb is loose if you step, pull on the holds left of the bolt line. Be careful.


Location: Europe : Norway : Nissedal : mot sola (5.9+)
By: aaron hope When: Aug 20, 2014

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Comments: Awesome climb. First pitch was a bit grassy and weird (beta: take the left corner, not the right one). But it gets great after that. The crux pitch was a bit wet for us (actual crux was dry) but the climbing was easy to avoid the drips. Surprise offwidth on that last pitch was hard!


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