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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Location: Utah > Moab Area > Onion Creek > Mystery Towers & Top of the... > Gothic Nightmare
By: David A When: Nov 10, 2017

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Comments: Fall 2017, new route on the Gothic Nightmare "Game Over".

Location: Colorado > Vogel Canyon > Picket Wire Canyon > Misson Boulders > Luicita Boulder > Nothing Is Enough (V6)
By: David A When: Dec 5, 2016

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Comments: Wasp spray is essential in the months from March-Nov. The rock in PW is very pockety, which makes it a haven full of wasps' nests. We saw dozens of 'em.

Location: California > Northeast California > Bald Rock > Bald Rock Dome
By: David A When: Aug 22, 2016

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Comments: That is a nice lookin' piece of rock.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers > Cottontail Tower > West Side Story (5.9 C3)
By: David A When: Apr 6, 2016

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Comments: Hey Ben, regarding the start of pitch 7, you stem right above the belay about 10 feet to the ledge system that leads to the right (see photo on this page). Congrats on you and Matt's recent accomplishment. I bet that bolt ripping out on ya was spooky. I would've bailed....

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers
By: David A When: Mar 28, 2016

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Comments: Hi Matt, I saw it mentioned in comments on Ben's instagram feed. I can't even comprehend this....what order did you guys do them in? Short fixing mostly? Simuling? My mind is blown.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers
By: David A When: Mar 24, 2016

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Comments: Just heard a rumor that Ben Kiessel and Matt Pickren recently climbed the Oracle, Titan, Cottontail, Echo, Kingfisher, and Ancient Art in a sub-24 hour push. If this is true, then HOLY f*&kballs!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > East Ironing Board > Smooth (5.7 R)
By: David A When: Nov 10, 2015

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Comments: Didn't seem any harder than the first pitch of the standard route on the 1st Flatiron...5.6. Though it is runout indeed.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers > Echo Tower > Run Amok (5.9 A3 R) > Photo
By: David A When: Sep 18, 2015

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Comments: Steep!

Location: California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Owens River Gorge > Inner Gorge > ... > Photo
By: David A When: Sep 1, 2015

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Comments: That next clip looks annoying!

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers > The Oracle > Fantasia (5.10- C2+ R) > Photo
By: David A When: Mar 8, 2015

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Comments: I would like to add that it is only two rappels down the GI chimney down to the ground, not 3 like this topo indicates.

Location: California > Inland Empire > Big Rock Area > Main Slab > Photo
By: David A When: Mar 7, 2015

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Comments: Beautiful creature.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Island In The Sky > The Pixie Stick
By: David A When: Jun 12, 2014

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Comments: The first pitch goes free pretty easily, with a short 5.9+ roof crux with bomber gear. Take care and climb gingerly for the rest of it. Second pitch is dicey aid on small things...bring the smallest cams you got! And don't forget the Lowe balls! Awesome of the best.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers > Cottontail Tower > West Side Story (5.9 C3)
By: David A When: Oct 25, 2013

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Comments: Was it not added during the Haas/Pizem free project?

This climb was pretty involved and a big undertaking for our group, but we persevered. So worth it for that amazing summit. Every pitch has at least one sketchy/hair-raising spot. The chimney pitch near the top was amazing! Super runout, but very secure.

Location: Colorado > Golden > North Table Mountain/Golden... > Industrial Buttress > Salad Bar once known as "Th... (5.10a R)
By: David A When: Jun 3, 2013

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Comments: A 0.3 Camalot fits perfectly in a horizontal crack at the bottom of the final slab/bolted section.

Location: Europe > Switzerland > Zervreilahorn > NE Grat (5.9)
By: David A When: Jan 11, 2013

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Comments: This is a really good route, and a fine intro into the longer alpine rock climbs found all over CH. We did it 13 pitches, but could be lead in considerably less, with some simuling. FWIW, the route does not top out on the actual summit of Zerfreilahorn. If you want to get to the actual summit, be prepared to slog over 3rd class for a while once the route tops out.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > The Bihedral Area > The Bihedral (Upper Tier) > It's Time For Change (5.8)
By: David A When: Sep 21, 2011

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Comments: I'm down for the trundling expedition for the loose block.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > The Dome > Super Squeeze (5.10d)
By: David A When: Mar 9, 2011

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Comments: I followed this route today. I fell during the business, and got my helmet stuck so that I was hanging with all my weight on my neck on the helmet strap. Scared shitless, I ripped my helmet off without unbuckling it, and in the process, ripped TWO of my dreads off. I had never been so horrified while following a route.

Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > The Golden Shower Wall > Pushing Two Hundred (3rd)
By: David A When: Aug 23, 2010

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Comments: Pfwein's got the right idea. I'm not going to get any deeper into this argument than that.

Location: Utah > Moab Area > Fisher Towers > Ancient Art > Stolen Chimney (5.10 A0)
By: David A When: Apr 5, 2010

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Comments: Has anybody been up the route since the block has come off?

Location: Hawaii > Maui > Black Rock on Maui
By: David A When: Jan 1, 2010

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Comments: One can do a long traverse of Black Rock, on the face that faces the ocean. I swam by and saw a trail of chalk, so I had to do it. You can either go north to south, or south to north. Going from south to north makes the start/getting out the water easier. The chalk was never more than 10-15 feet above the water. The climbing is pretty fun, but BRING SHOES!!! The lava is very sharp and painful on your feet (I did it barefoot and cut my feet up a little). Bunch of variations possible. The route I ... more >>

Location: California > San Francisco Bay Area > Castle Rock Area > Lyme Disease Rock > Ticks ripped my flesh (5.10b)
By: David A When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: Watch out for a large tree that grows very close to the climb. A large fall might end you scraping along it on your way down. A pretty good route for Castle Rock standards though.

Location: California > San Francisco Bay Area > Castle Rock Area > Waterfall Cliff > The Falls (5.10 R)
By: David A When: Sep 6, 2009

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Comments: Clipped the first bolt on rappel, good thing to, because I couldn't get up the first section without falling a couple times. It was cold and the creek was flowing heavily, so spray from the falls moistened the route. Very scary leading the upper slab, but I pulled through! Might want to try on toprope first, then go for the lead.

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