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Member Since: Jan 13, 2005
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Location: Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : Ouray (Ice/Mixed) : Camp Bird Road : Snow Blind Friend, Walk the... (5.9+ WI4+ M6 X)
By: chad umbel When: Jan 24, 2014

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Comments: Whatever this thing is called, which seems to me at this point to be Snow Blind Friend or Walk The Line according to Mr. House.... I climbed it 1/23/14 with Keith Phelps. The climbing was great. I am not a local, but I'm gonna add my two cents on the retrobolting regardless. We found the protection bolts to be useless and off the natural line aside from the ones on pitch 3 which you could reach out and clip from the rock runnel; however, you could tap in a pecker or the likes and avoid... more >>

Location: Hawaii
By: chad umbel When: Jul 14, 2011

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Comments: Headed in on July 21st and will be in town until the 1st of August. Anyone wanting to get out contact me at and I'll get back to u asap. Cheers.

Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Ragged Edges Area : Aikido Gun Boy (5.11+ R)
By: chad umbel When: Sep 26, 2009

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Comments: I think a good rule of thumb for this site should be only post a route if you've actually climbed it. From the ground up. At least on dangerous routes. This way when someone reads about it on this site and decides that he or she would like to climb it, they have substantial and honest route information and don't get themselves hurt. Aikido Gun boy is more like solid 12a old school power face climbing. And that's if it even goes the same way it did when these hardmen put it up. Personally I think... more >>

Location: Colorado : American Climber’s Body Id...
By: chad umbel When: Jun 9, 2009

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Comments: I never met any of these boys but was inspired by Jonny early in my climbing. He made alpine climbing look easy. They went out as warriors. Deepest condolensces to the families.

Location: Hawaii
By: chad umbel When: Dec 17, 2008

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Comments: Looking for a local climber to give the rad local tour. I am a longtime guide and climber and I'm gonna be in Oahu for 10 tens starting the 18th. don't care what grade. I'll buy the beer and dinner.

Location: Colorado : Michael Reardon missing in ...
By: chad umbel When: Aug 1, 2007

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Comments: What a tragic loss to everyone who knew this amazing man. Michael had a zest for life that will be sorely missed by anyone who was lucky enough to be in his prescence. Keep sending on the other side brother. -Chad

Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : Triassic Sands (5.10)
By: chad umbel When: Jan 2, 2006

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Comments: This is one high quality route. Bring extra cams from 2-3 inches unless you like to watch the rope dangle far beneath your feet. A must do Red Rocks Classic.

Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Overhanging Hangover (5.10a)
By: chad umbel When: Jan 1, 2006

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Comments: Climbed this route in Janruary of 05. Both pitches are quite fun. First pitch pretty thin with sustained climbing once you reach the main face.

Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Fiddler on the Roof (5.10+)
By: chad umbel When: Jan 1, 2006

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Comments: My brother and I climbed the pitch directly above the gobbler belay and also thought it was at least 5.10+. Very sustained climbing on small holds.

Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Corduroy Ridge : Sick for Toys (5.10)
By: chad umbel When: Jan 1, 2006

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Comments: Climbed this route in February of 05 with my brother. Very high-quality slab climb on perfect stone. Be prepared for hard slab moves on the last pitch. Also beware of old quarter-inch bolts for anchors.

Definitely needs to be re-equipped with fresh bolts for belays. We cut away all the old tattered webbing on the anchors and replaced with new slings and carabiners.