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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Approach Trails = 4
Page Improvements = 3

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Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part E - top t... > Muscular Dystrophy (5.11a)
By: Bill Flaherty When: Oct 14, 2009

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Comments: One more gear option at the crux: a little red C3. I can attest to the fact that this placement will hold 185 downward-bound pounds. Agreed that it's good for the aspiring 11- leader in that the gear is so solid at the short crux.

Location: Europe > Italy > Dolomites > Photo
By: Bill Flaherty When: Jul 17, 2009

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Comments: Another great pic by my bro Colin Winter.

Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > The Book > Isis Buttress > Road Kill (5.10b)
By: Bill Flaherty When: May 29, 2009

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Comments: Really fun pitch. Great pro, good moves, and you can play around on the Living Dead, a tough 11b next door, from the same bolted anchors. No need to step over into Sports Pages as I think one guidebook says, the crack is great all the way up, if a little veggie.

Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > Sundance Buttress > Sidetrack (5.9)
By: Bill Flaherty When: May 29, 2009

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Comments: Pitches 1 and 2 link very easily with a 60m rope - a good way to go. As someone noted, the first pitch is spicy. I took the thin, left-arching crack that others mention, then cut back right to the first belay stance along a prominent edge. The runouts aren't crazy, but many of the moves are on rounded edges/smears and you can't place gear everywhere you'd like it. It gets more positive as you get higher. While pitch 5 is a pretty amazing section of climbing, with an unflared crack(!), all i... more >>

Location: Colorado > South Platte > Buffalo Creek > Da Butts > Kayla's Way (5.10c/d)
By: Bill Flaherty When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: A really fun route with puzzles to solve all the way up. One solution involves a rare South Platte mono. Allez!

Location: Colorado > South Platte > Buffalo Creek > Da Butts > Ho De Do (5.7+)
By: Bill Flaherty When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: There are some great routes on this crag (Kayla's Way, etc). This isn't one of them. A thrutchy, mossy, water sluice.

Location: California > Joshua Tree National Park > Lost Horse Area > Hemingway Buttress > Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... > Funky Dung (5.8)
By: Bill Flaherty When: Mar 23, 2009

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Comments: Another great line to hit on this incredible piece of rock. Be sure to do Prepackaged too.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Potash Road > Wall Street > Shoot Up or Shut Up (5.11a)
By: Bill Flaherty When: Mar 5, 2009

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Comments: I can't believe I am still stupid enough to post comments about routes being tough. I understand that many folks will find this route easy, that others did it without clipping the bolts, or that climbing it naked, free solo, under a full moon is the only way to fully experience it. All the same, I found this thing tough for the grade. It has a few hard sections, with varied and fairly technical solutions to each. One way to get acquainted with it is to do the superb 10c to the right (Frogs o... more >>

Location: Europe > Italy > Dolomites
By: Bill Flaherty When: Jan 29, 2008

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Comments: The Dolomites are a stunningly beautiful range. I'm not aware of another destination that offers so many long routes for rock climbers, without the complications of glacier travel. If you like long, free routes at grades that mortals can climb, this is the place for you. It's also worth noting that the local food is fantastic.

There are two drawbacks to consider. First, the rock can be tricky to protect, especially if you're an American climber raised on clean granite or sandstone cracks. ... more >>

Location: Europe > Italy > Dolomites > Sella Group > Passo Sella Area > ... > Trenker (5.7)
By: Bill Flaherty When: Jan 29, 2008

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Comments: The crack on pitch two is absolutely the slipperiest piece of rock I have ever touched. It is polished to a high gloss from nearly 100 years of ascents. Feels like church marble.

Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Notchtop > Optimismus (5.9)
By: Bill Flaherty When: Aug 10, 2004

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Comments: Did this one a couple days ago with Brian Dotterer. Fun route overall. More loose rock than I've seen elsewhere in the Park. I found myself testing lots of holds and was glad to be on double ropes because of the choss factor (particularly pitch 3 and a bit of the descent). I'd recommend dropping in the odd piece of gear even if the climbing is easy... just in case something breaks. Fortunately, we never saw loose rock, hard moves and bad pro at the same time. It could be a good first alpin... more >>

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