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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Page Improvements = 3

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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: The ride, to the roof.

The ride, to the roof.

North America > Canada > ... > Blazing Saddles (5.10b)

Sep 16, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: The second ridge pitch. After cresting the ridge t...

The second ridge pitch. After cresting the ridge the grade is mellow but it may be a good opportunity to practice simulclimbing. The ridge is all low-angle with plenty of holds. You can find pro if yo

Colorado > Flatirons > ... > Direct Route (5.6 R)

Aug 9, 2005

Contributed Comments


Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > The Crestones > Ellingwood Ledges (5.7)
By: Ben When: Aug 23, 2005

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Comments: Just from reading all the beta on this site, I was able to stay on the route the whole time. Here's what we found: Heading almost straight up from the red tower, you reach a small bulge with an old piton at about eye level. Our first pitch went over the bulge with one 5.7+ move, and then angled up to the left at about 5.4 to a nice ledge below the obvious headwall chimney/crack. This next pitch was hard! about 55 meters of SOLID 5.7 at roughly 13,700 ft. with a pack. The pitch is broken into 3 s... more >>

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Fourth Flatiron > No Balls At All (V1)
By: Ben When: Jul 26, 2005

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Comments: Maybe we should stop encouraging the negative image of Front Range Climbers by quabbling over ratings and other ARBITRARY things. Assuming that you used the term AC as a derogotory term for aid climber, give it a rest and remember what brings people out to the crags in first place. Climb and let climb you maladjusted boulderer you...

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... > Rewritten (5.7)
By: Ben When: Sep 27, 2004

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Comments: On 9/23, Thursday, a biner with a few nuts fell well over 100' between Green Spur and Rewritten from the finger crack above the left angling traverse on the "4th" pitch(above Red Ledge). They didn't make it to the ground. I'm not looking to get them back but want to warn whomever finds them to use at your own risk. I'm not totally versed on the policy for using dropped nuts so am playing it safe. They took quite a fall.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Mine Hole Crag > Sofa Kingdom (5.9+)
By: Ben When: May 19, 2004

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Comments: A couple of things: As others have pointed out, this route is not 5.10. I've taken first time climbers on this, and they've gotten up it fine on TR. 5.8 at the most but still a very fun climb. A couple of saftey precautions: be very mindful of loose rocks both on the approach and around the belay station. Also, if you decide to rap off the route to save wear and tear on your rope from the awful sloping ledge before the last bolt, be sure not to toss your rope anywhere near the nasty pine tree wi... more >>

Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Horsetooth Reservoir
By: Ben When: Mar 7, 2004

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Comments: I heard that there are some plans for the city of Fort Collins to enact a fee to climb at rotary park. I guess our tax money isn't good enough for those who see an opportunity to make a profit. Fight the man.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Bear Lake Trailheads > Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg...
By: Ben When: Nov 3, 2003

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Comments: My buddy Matt and I climbed a couloir next to the Tyndall Glacier last weekend. It was fantastic neve for about 800'+. We don't know if it has a name, though. Anyone have any idea about that or is it considered a branch of the glacier? High winds on top of the divide, 50-60 mph. The glacier has a lot of exposed grey ice. The only new snow was a light dusting that fell while we were there.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... > The Flying Dutchman (5.4 WI2-3)
By: Ben When: Sep 19, 2003

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Comments: Climbed Flying Dutchman on 9.14.03. Really not in condition. Thought it might be a little better following the inclement weather. Had to scramble a ways to get on the snow which was really solid; however, screws bottomed out quickly. Lots of exposed rock and gravel. Lots of frozen kitty litter. Very loose. Crux ice was only a few inches thick and melting. Long day but the weather was perfect.

Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: I just saw a lemur in eldoColoradoBenOct 14, 2014
re: What does 5.12a mean to you?General ClimbingBenAug 8, 2013
re: 000Climbing Gear DiscussionBenJan 13, 2013
re: Adirondack WideEastern StatesBenSep 20, 2012
Found - Cam at Little FallsLost and FoundBenJul 6, 2012
re: Moving to the Adirondacks for the summer/fall partners neededEastern StatesBenJul 2, 2012
re: How would living in Syracuse be for a climber?Eastern StatesBenJun 29, 2012
re: How would living in Syracuse be for a climber?Eastern StatesBenJun 29, 2012
re: Men only: How do you keep yourself scruffy and manly looking in the woods?General ClimbingBenJun 21, 2012
Lost shoes at Upper W RidgeLost and FoundBenMay 17, 2011
re: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3?!General ClimbingBenMar 11, 2010
re: Any ice in Redstone?ColoradoBenFeb 12, 2009
re: Any Ice Up in the Park?ColoradoBenSep 23, 2008
re: found shoesColoradoBenJul 2, 2008

Contributed Stars

Name Quality Location

Sofa Kingdom 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Colorado > Boulder Canyon > Mine Hole Crag

Ellingwood Ledges 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Colorado > Alpine Rock > The Crestones

Contributed Ratings

Name Established Rating Suggested Rating Location

Sofa Kingdom

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Colorado > Boulder Canyon > Mine Hole Crag

Ellingwood Ledges

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Colorado > Alpine Rock > The Crestones

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