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Rock Climbing Photo: Me leading Kim 5.6, Poland Hill, Vedauwoo, WY


Member Since: Aug 29, 2006
Last Visit: Nov 7, 2016
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Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Purple Valley : Photo
By: Chris Chaney When: Oct 21, 2016

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Comments: Road is closed now, and you can't drive this far.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Indian Creek
By: Chris Chaney When: Oct 21, 2016

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Comments: There never was good directions. But in general the directions provided should work. Park at the end of 9b, cross the creek and follow the old main gravel road for a few minutes and look for the pylons on the right. If you see concrete/steel posts next to the road before a second creek crossing you're in the right place. From there the main area is up and on the left side of the drainage behind the posts. Bushwhack to the wall. The Island is on the main western corner.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Dip Wall
By: Chris Chaney When: Oct 21, 2016

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Comments: The stream rehab project changed the Muscle Beach/Between Wall approach and the Dip Wall approach. You park in the same place for both areas, but to get to Purple Valley et al you now have to cross the creek (twice for PV) and the approach is much longer.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Saint George (V3)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jan 1, 2016

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Comments: Almost everything V5 and under at Emerald has been climbed. And even when my climbing partner and I were cleaning and climbing here and thought we were the only ones we would find evidence of other boulderers. This boulder always had chalk on it between '99 and about '01.

I have an extensive guide to what we knew had been climbed but just have never had the time to put it all on here.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Dangatang (V3-4)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jan 1, 2016

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Comments: Yeah, these were all climbed prior to '99. Modern FAs at Emerald are pretty much suspect. I went back to a lot of the problems I did back then this past spring and found that they looked like no one had ever touched them.

My cousin and I pretty much systematically climbed everything V5 and under and there were people wandering doing harder stuff too.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Muscle Beach
By: Chris Chaney When: Dec 18, 2015

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Comments: Other than the creek crossing the directions should still work. I'll check it out soon and revise if necessary.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Whittleton Branch : Gemini Crack (5.5 PG13)
By: Chris Chaney When: Sep 17, 2015

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Comments: I gave it PG13 because of the move out onto the face, the loose block, and the overall rock quality. The placements require a little more care than a G or PG rated route.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Global Village : Jake Flake (5.8+)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I agree with a 5.8+/5.9 rating. I put it in as 5.7+ because other climbers insisted it was well protected with stoppers (its not) and that it wasn't that hard (it is).

Just because you can put stoppers in a crack doesn't mean they'll hold a fall. Sure, a 00 came will work, but again, that doesn't mean the fall potential so near the ground is minimized.

This is not a beginner lead and just because a beginner might pull it off doesn't change the reality of the climb.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Father's Day (5.5)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I agree. When I did it I got to the summit moves only to discover the upper edge of the cliff coated in ice. Somehow I made it past and topped out, but my poor heart was damaged from the stress.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Pebble Beach : Central Scrutinizer (5.9)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: Changed protection rating to "PG" with the caveat that you should back up the piton.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Watto (SDS) (V0) : Photo
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: This line was originally called Watto. FA '00. The line to the right was Toto, FA '99.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Big Toe Arete (V0+ PG13)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: FA was in '99. Don't remember who.

Also, Black Magic Arete is the left side of this arete.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Emerald City : Skittles (V0) : Photo
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: The photo shows the right side of Skittles. This is not Black Magic Arete.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Graining Fork Nature Preser...
By: Chris Chaney When: Jan 5, 2015

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Comments: Still closed as of 1/5/15


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Pistol Ridge : A Fresh Start (5.10c)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jan 5, 2015

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Comments: I'm 99% sure the FA info is wrong on this one.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Global Village : Jake Flake (5.8+)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jan 5, 2015

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Comments: I'm not sure why it's showing up as 7+. I distinctly remember thinking the 5.8 grade the FA gave it (yeah I'm talking about you Scott) was BS


Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Juniper Pass
By: Chris Chaney When: Aug 25, 2010

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Comments: Seems like it would make more sense for this area to be under "Idaho Springs".


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Walt's Wall : Edward's Crack (5.7)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 25, 2010

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Comments: Left side in is the key. We broke it up into two pitches just for fun and I watched my partner leading it that way, so I made sure to clean and stick everything on the right side. Made the finish very enjoyable.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Walt's Wall
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 25, 2010

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Comments: You can get down (almost) with rope stretch using a single 70m rope from the Walt's Wall anchors just over the boulder exit n Satterfield's Crack. You'll be about 10' off the ground but you can scramble down easily from that point. A single 60m will not work! And if you forget and rap off the ends of the 70, it will hurt.


Location: CO : South Platte : Deckers : Jazz Dome : Photo
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 8, 2010

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Comments: Easy Listening is indicated by the red line. Private property is in blue.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Muir Valley : Practice Wall : Acrophobiacs Anonymous (5.4)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jul 5, 2010

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Comments: This will seem goofy (the whole wall) if you're an experienced climber at all, but for newbies and especially small kids this is a great area.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill
By: Chris Chaney When: Jun 20, 2010

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Comments: For someone looking for easier routes Kim, SW Friction and Little Old Crack are a nice concentration of lines in a great setting. You may have to share....


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Kim (5.6)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jun 20, 2010

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Comments: I agree that the climb is short and somewhat of a novelty climb, but that aside, it's in an amazing setting, with a commanding position. The line itself is striking from a distance, and it takes good gear. I call it a classic for aesthetic reasons alone. For a new leader, or someone that is a 5.6-5.7 leader this would be a nice tick, just because you can sew it up and enjoy an amazing climb at the same time.

We lucked out and there weren't really any crowds, though we did end up sharing the ro... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Southwest Friction (5.4)
By: Chris Chaney When: Jun 20, 2010

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Comments: This was pretty casual, but take care if you are not comfortable without big positive handholds. (Spoiler!) The climbing gets easier after the second (last) bolt, but you get into crater territory near the top.


Location: CO : Fort Collins : Horsetooth Reservoir
By: Chris Chaney When: Apr 27, 2010

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Comments: What exactly does "Southeast Reservoir is closed" mean? Where is Southeast Reservoir?


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