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Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Rosy Crucifixion (5.10a/b PG13)
By: Mark Dalen When: Jan 4, 2017

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Comments: Bolts ... the kids these days!


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon : Moonquakes (5.12- A1 X) : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Nov 17, 2016

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Comments: Gorgeous!


Location: Utah : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - North : Torres de Polvo : Trump Tower (5.9)
By: Mark Dalen When: Nov 7, 2016

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Comments: You'll be so tired of climbing this tower you won't want to climb anymore ...


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : 1/4" Minus (V8)
By: Mark Dalen When: Oct 30, 2016

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Comments: Will & Owen - sounds incredible, I know ... of course I can't vouch for the sit start, that must have come later ... still I'm inclined to believe Paul's story if only on principle ... so much was done back then that went unrecorded ... I did what I could to keep up with my newsletter, but that ended when I left ABQ in 79 ... not just here but over in Three Gun Springs a group was active that included Paul & Dave, Mike Head & Dirk VanWi... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage : 1/4" Minus (V8)
By: Mark Dalen When: Oct 25, 2016

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Comments: Paul Horak just reported this face was first done by a guy called 'Lunging Dave' out of Colorado ... according to Paul, he & Dave Baltz worked on it for months, then one day he showed it to Lunging Dave, who promptly sent it on sight ... this would have been in the mid 80s ...


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Boot Hill : Cowboy Yoga (5.10d)
By: Mark Dalen When: Oct 25, 2016

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Comments: Sweet line ...


Location: New Mexico : Upper Rio Puerco Valley : Cabezon Peak
By: Mark Dalen When: Aug 27, 2016

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Comments: For more recent beta on Cabezon including other routes besides SE gully, see this forum post ... Cabezon Peak


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon : Mare Frigoris (5.11 A1 R) : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Aug 12, 2016

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Comments: Fine view of the Cowcatcher formation ... the attempted 1979 line starts probably to the right of yours & goes straight up to end just below the overhangs at about 3/4 height....


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon : Mare Frigoris (5.11 A1 R)
By: Mark Dalen When: Aug 12, 2016

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Comments: 007 - this looks to be the exact line of that 'bodacious multi-pitch free climb' anticipated by one of my cover page comments ... while not encouraged by the 'choss' description, I am crazy stoked to learn this line got sent ... nice job! More photos!


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Cathedral Spires Area : Higher Cathedral Rock : ... : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Jul 6, 2016

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Comments: This pitch was so swarming with silverfish my first time on it (1975) that I freaked & bailed ...


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: Mark Dalen When: Jun 20, 2016

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Comments: I reckon it's good to know the pitches can be broken up like this ... as for pics, I've been hoping someone could improve this post with one or two ... see also: mountainproject.com/v/cirque-o... ... I would except I lost virtually every slide I had from BITD ... just a thought.


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9)
By: Mark Dalen When: Jun 15, 2016

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Comments: I could've sworn we did it in 3 pitches as shown in the topo ... you led P1, I know, & I led P2 ... maybe Bruce led P3 as in Paul's notes? ... you definitely led the crack/arete pitch ... it's so hard to remember without photos to back it up ... I just remember it was a lot of fun!


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : The Crestones : Ellingwood Ledges (5.7) : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Oct 19, 2015

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Comments: FWIW, it is possible to escape the direct start after P2...this would be right where the '5.7' notation is in this photo...if there happens to be a party ahead of you kicking down a large amount of rubble as there was for us & as it is nearly impossible not to do.... Follow the grassy ramp left to intersect with the original line.... Here is a photo looking down on that traverse, that is from the top of our P3:

Rock Climbing Photo: P3 traverse off Direct Start, Ellingwood Ledges, 2...
P3 traverse off Direct Start, Ellingwood Ledges, 2002....


Also do pay close attention to the descent info presented by numero... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : Fat City, Indian School : Upper Fat City Drainage
By: Mark Dalen When: Sep 18, 2015

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Comments: The installation of the flood control dam in the late 70s was a game changer for Embudo all right. On the one hand it weeded out the staminally challenged ... no longer was it necessary to dodge the bullets fired by drunken paramilitary types from the parking lot below ... nowadays the only danger is of stepping in a dog turd on the trail up ... on the other hand it got harder to squeeze in a few hours of bouldering on weeknights after classes ... in some ways it was the end of an era ... Embud... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Foothills Bouldering : U-Mound : Upper Mound (main upper clu... : The Manatee (V4-5)
By: Mark Dalen When: Sep 18, 2015

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Comments: Dave - English major - it has to be good for something, right? [BTW the offensive claws has been removed].

For the record the vid above is of the FA, done with no pads (what is a pad?) & barely any spotters (witness .20 onward) ... Dave & others had worked on it for months (or 'projected' as the kids say these days) ... the final send came on a louring winter day when I just happened to be there with my dad's super 8 camera ... not sure who first dubbed it the Manatee, we always just c... more >>


Location: Texas : Hueco Tanks : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Sep 19, 2014

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Comments: King Rat!-tler ...


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb : Aviary Ort Overhangs (5.9)
By: Mark Dalen When: Aug 16, 2014

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Comments: I did this in the fall of 1978. No one at that time would have considered rapping after 2 pitches. Since that option is on the table let me mention 2 factors to consider for the last pitch:

1) Communication is nil
2) Rock is awfully loose after the lichen filled dihedral

There is a hair raising story that goes with these 2 notes ... but leave that for another day. Aviary Ort in my mind stands as that rare Sandias climb that is neither over nor underrated....


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Juan Tabo Canyon : The Needle : Southwest Ridge (5.8 PG13)
By: Mark Dalen When: Mar 12, 2014

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Comments: The SW Ridge is classic the same way some old movies are classic. Not as measured against sound & visual effects or acting styles today but for the leap in possibilities they represented at the time. For some the sight of the SW Ridge silhouetted against the setting sun is compelling enough to overcome the mediocre rock itself, for others that won't matter a darn. Top-to-top approach is highly recommended. Also recommend simul climbing for those inclined - huge stretches in between the first... more >>


Location: Colorado : Durango : Pine River Trad : The Pope's Nose : Contraceptive Cracks (5.10 A3-)
By: Mark Dalen When: Feb 5, 2014

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Comments: I had strained my lower back, Ken, as you may recall, & Paul caught some stomach virus ... my high point was the bolted stance below the roof where you took the pic above. Would like nothing better than to go back & tidy up loose ends ... however, once that starts, it might never end. Good job on filling out the page here....


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Cathedral Spires Area : Middle Cathedral Rock : North Buttress (5.10a)
By: Mark Dalen When: Dec 22, 2013

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Comments: 'Burly' is the right word for P5 ... is it just me or is that 'chimney' following the finger crack not one of the most sandbag 5.8s the Valley has to offer ... ?


Location: California : Sierra Eastside : Lone Pine Area : Whitney Portal : The Whale : ... : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: Nov 16, 2013

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Comments: So that's how that is done ...


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Moon
By: Mark Dalen When: Sep 7, 2013

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Comments: The third buttress is a bit more fractured but there's a definite line on it. While you're at it check out the west side of Cowcatcher (directly across the canyon) - depending on rock quality there's a potential bodacious multi-pitch free climb there....


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande : Clarks Cramps (5.9)
By: Mark Dalen When: Jun 8, 2013

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Comments: Clark - I never knew that story. I had always thought it to be more along the lines of Robbie Baker on Chicken Chop Suey ...


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9) : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: May 28, 2013

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Comments: I thought I saw a rope going down & across ... turns out it's an optical illusion. Footgear might have been a giveaway except Dave actually climbed the route wearing my old Pivetta klettershuh - he forgot his EBs down below. Thanks for the pic, though ... it's an amazing location....


Location: New Mexico : Taos Area : Questa Dome : The Legs : No Questa About It (5.9) : Photo
By: Mark Dalen When: May 28, 2013

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Comments: Jason - how does my route description jibe with your experience? I was going strictly from memory especially in regards to difficulty....


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