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Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Lone Peak Cirque : Summit Wall : The Open Book (5.7) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Jul 18, 2017

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Comments: Climb the dihedral on the left instead. It's much cleaner than it looks in the photo, has great locks and gear, and offers a traverse over to the belay at just the right spot.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Pentapitch Area : Pentapass (5.7)
By: ddriver When: Jul 17, 2017

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Comments: 20 feet right? You mean the clean corner maybe 5 feet right?

See cdn-files.apstatic.com/climb/9...

Agree it is a good start for Sasquatch if Pentapitch is occupied, and more direct. Good name, definitely better than D.A.D.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Tanners Gulch : Hidden Heavenly Slab : North of Heaven (5.9)
By: ddriver When: Jul 9, 2017

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Comments: "The huge flake you have to pull onto after the bolted section of P3 is a bit unnerving..." To say the least. I don't think I will repeat that pitch.


Location: Europe : Italy : Dolomites : Sella Group : Passo Sella Area : ... : Rampenfuehre / "Ramp" Route (5.6)
By: ddriver When: Jun 28, 2017

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Comments: I think the Italians call this Rampa Torso.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : Die Another Day (5.8-)
By: ddriver When: Jun 26, 2017

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Comments: Did this finish yesterday. It is worthy of listing as an independent line, as the seam runs about the full length of the upper face. You can make it completely independent by climbing the face just 10' right of the start to East Dihedrals to the first Steorts belay ledge and belay off the blocks at left end. Fun roof to start the second. Consistent 5.6 done in 2 pitches. Would repeat.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : Dead Snag Direttissima (5.8-)
By: ddriver When: Jun 26, 2017

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Comments: Found the start of your route. There is a 15'-high block behind a tree. The right side is the vertical dihedral start for East Dihedrals, the left is the arcing chimney start to Tiger's Den. Your seam is uphill about 10' from the latter.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Tanners Gulch : Minions of Chaos Area : Minions of Chaos (5.10+)
By: ddriver When: Jun 19, 2017

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Comments: Worry not, pitch 3 is now clean enough you won't need to get your grubby little fingers dirty.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Tanners Gulch : Hidden Heavenly Slab : North of Heaven (5.9)
By: ddriver When: Jun 19, 2017

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Comments: A note re pitch 2. The Granite Guide shows 6 bolts above the pin. There appear to only be 4. It looks like you can either climb runout slab left to the chains, or follow cracks right along the arête and get gear. The belay is also shown as a gear belay under the pitch 3 black water streak, and the description has a pin just above the belay. It appears there has been significant rock fall at this belay as there are no decent gear placements and the pin is no longer. Belay options are to tr... more >>


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Altered States Gully : Betty's Altered Elbow (5.9+)
By: ddriver When: Jun 9, 2017

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Comments: "Approach = bushwhacking"

You were lost.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Lonely Challenge Area : Eternal Flow (5.10c)
By: ddriver When: May 30, 2017

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Comments: Just about as good as any route of the grade in BCC, very fun and engaging to find the sequences. Rather than hike straight up the talus/scree gully do the approach to Talk and cut through the notch. A short traverse from there gets you to stable terrain nearly at the base.


Location: Utah : West Desert : House Range : Notch Peak : Book of Saturday (5.11a R)
By: ddriver When: Apr 17, 2017

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Comments: I noticed the comments re confusion on pitch 11 based on the description here:
"Pitch 11 (5.10b): Climb straight up and then left at the 3rd bolt to a big hueco and then the face above. A great, exposed pitch."

The "then left" is misleading and seems to throw people off. Climb the hueco bolt face (3-4 bolts) above the belay up to lower angle terrain under a massive hueco. Bypass this hueco on the right. There is a lower step right t... more >>


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Deep Lake Area
By: ddriver When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: "Approach as for the Cirque, but at Big Sandy Lake, keep going along the NE side of the lake to a trail that heads up toward Clear Lake and then Deep Lake."

The trail signage for this is now down/inadequate and is causing some folks to wind up on the Black Joe Lake trail. After the creek crossing, the major developed trail wraps around and up to Black Joe. For Deep Lake, either hug the creek bank or locate an unmarked steep downhill trail within about 100 feet. ... more >>


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Patty's Ridge : Patty's Ridge (5.5) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Jun 28, 2016

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Comments: nube leader


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Willard : Willard Canyon Waterfall (WI3)
By: ddriver When: Jan 20, 2016

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Comments: Right, that descent trail is massively good and easy, even goes back to the base area. Not tricky, don't have to find the green webbing, etc., etc.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Red Rock Wall : Red Rock (5.9 R)
By: ddriver When: Oct 8, 2015

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Comments: Luke is right about that french kissing stuff.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : The Thumb Area : The Standard Thumb (5.7)
By: ddriver When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: This route needs some love. The squeeze/chimney section climbs much better than you might think, cool stances and thought provoking, not really a grunt if you're comfortable with granite chimney technique.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Red Rock Wall : No Recess (5.10a)
By: ddriver When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: Super route all the way. I thought there was ground fall potential getting to the second bolt but mostly because I didn't use the jug block that appears ready to go. Otherwise very clean.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Mount Olympus : The West Slabs : The West Slabs (5.5)
By: ddriver When: Sep 16, 2015

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Comments: "The 2nd option for descending is to go up the ridge and East from the ridge top until you reach an obvious notch. Downclimb and scramble down this loose gully and stay left (west) at the bottom to reach the base of the slabs. I think this is steeper and looser than the West descent gully."

My understanding is that this is the descent from Ruckman (as mentioned above in the MP route description). It is the only one I have used and I see no reason to use any other. It is not at all loose if on... more >>


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Hellgate Cliffs : East Hellgate : ... : Martinez Mind Melter (5.10+)
By: ddriver When: Aug 10, 2015

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Comments: Really clean now.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Hellgate Cliffs : East Hellgate : ... : Pogo Punk (5.10-)
By: ddriver When: Aug 10, 2015

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Comments: Yo, choss.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag
By: ddriver When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: Will depend on the month, but in July the leader will get sun directly in the face by 12:30 or 1, making visibility problematic. By 3 or so the base (but not the routes) starts to come back into shade and the conditions improve enough to go for it.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Lone Peak Cirque : South Summit Wall : P-38 (5.10+) : Photo
By: ddriver When: Jul 27, 2015

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Comments: How DO they get the rope up there?


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : The Dead Snag : Social Engineering (5.10b)
By: ddriver When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I thought the left start as in the description (which already has a bolt) worked fine for this route and the center one.


Location: Texas : Enchanted Rock State Natura... : Echo Canyon : Triple Cracks Sanctuary
By: ddriver When: Jun 30, 2015

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Comments: The traditional descent from Triple Cracks was to down climb the low 5th class dihedral behind the belay alcove and then down climb the Smorgasbord dihedral and slab to the large boulder (by Rapeller's Rock) overlooking the base. Best exit is underneath that boulder though other options exist.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Big Cottonwood Canyon : Challenge Buttress : North and West Faces : Winky and Waxman Go Bolting (5.11a)
By: ddriver When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: Read the comments circa 2008. When the block came off it made the route easier than before and the rating has not changed to reflect that.


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