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By: Doug Hemken When: 15 hours ago

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Comments: Went back and nailed it, eh?


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Many Pines Buttress : Ottobahn (5.9+ PG13)
By: Doug Hemken When: Oct 9, 2017

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Comments: Although it may look contrived from the ground, once you pull into the first move it feels pretty natural - you are not tempted to wander off route! I really enjoyed this one.


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Gill's Buttress : Acid Rock (5.12a) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 21, 2017

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Comments: Was Joel actually able to hold that?


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Pseudo Hawk's Nest : Chicken Tonight (5.8 PG13) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 12, 2017

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Comments: The rope here is hanging more or less over "Chicken Tonight"


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 06 - Balanced Ro... : 6.0 - Balanced Rock Wall : Invitation (5.6) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Sep 5, 2017

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Comments: Dis-invitation?


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Pedestal Buttress : Birch Tree Crack (5.8)
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 30, 2017

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Comments: Like a number of routes at Devils Lake, this rocking block has been a feature of "Birch Tree" for literally decades. Certainly use loose blocks with the appropriate caution - on well-traveled routes you will find they are more a threat to your gear than to your belayer. It is easy to fix a piece or have something rip in a fall if you are not paying attention.

Respect the rock!


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 06 - Balanced Ro... : 6.1 - Box Canyon : Jam Crack (5.6) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 29, 2017

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Comments: Nice. This route was my favorite "discovery" of last year - can't believe I had never taken the time to do it, before! Silly me.


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : The Crestones : Crestone Peak North Buttres... (Easy 5th PG13) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 21, 2017

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Comments: I'll third the notion that the line in this photo is NOT the North Buttress. It is very easy to find 3rd Class rock near the north ridgeline. The only 4th Class is getting off the final, NE summit.


Location: Colorado : CO Ice & Mixed : Wolf Creek Pass/San Luis Va... : Sangre De Cristo Mountains : Alpine Ambition (WI3 M4)
By: Doug Hemken When: Aug 4, 2017

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Comments: Chris, where does this top out? Does it end near the Black Gendarme? Does it start right or left of India?


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 03 - West of the... : White Wall : Exit Blues (5.11c) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Jul 17, 2017

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Comments: It is just dawning on me how common tick marks could become at the Lake ... I hope it becomes standard practice to scrub them!


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - North Woods : North Slope : South County Crack (5.4)
By: Doug Hemken When: Jul 17, 2017

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Comments: A problem with this route name is that it is actually north of "North Country"!


Location: Wyoming : Devil's Tower : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Jun 27, 2017

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Comments: I really dig the "keeper" sling - thinking ahead for those off-widths!


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Pearly Gate : Heavenly Mist (5.6) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Jun 26, 2017

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Comments: We called this variation "Heaven's Back Door", it was a straightforward lead.


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : West Bluff - West Rampart : Dead Tree Wall : Dead Tree Crack (5.8)
By: Doug Hemken When: Jun 25, 2017

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Comments: The stump of the "Dead Tree" has rotted away completely.


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Bill's Buttress : Russian Gadgets (5.9+ R)
By: Doug Hemken When: Jun 5, 2017

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Comments: Now that I see where you've drawn in the route, I'm sure I've seen this TR'd a couple of times, mostly back in the 90s. Couldn't say I've ever seen it led - it's not done often!


Location: Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Courthouse Rock : Standard Route (4th) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: May 15, 2017

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Comments: Standard Route is actually up the "backside" (from this angle).


Location: Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Courthouse Rock : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: May 15, 2017

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Comments: Left-hand ridge, then?


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : East Bluff Bouldering : East Bluff North : ... : Greatest Bluff
By: Doug Hemken When: May 5, 2017

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Comments: We'll want to put up a sign there, telling people how they *should* access these boulders.


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan Base Routes : Ahab (5.10b) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Apr 7, 2017

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Comments: I remember the first time you tried this route, on TR. You laybacked it!


Location: Wisconsin : Black Hawk Lake Recreation ... : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 31, 2017

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Comments: Nice of Arch to pose for scale


Location: Wisconsin : Governor Dodge State Park : G Dodge Ice : Cox Hollow
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 9, 2017

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Comments: Heard from an enthusiastic ranger yesterday that this area is sometimes called "Harms Falls" (I'm not sure where to put an apostrophe in that). Good name!


Location: New Mexico : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : North Face (5.6 R)
By: Doug Hemken When: Jan 9, 2017

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Comments: RW *did* in fact go back and suggest a rating of 5.8R, as you see under his name in the comments here, or by clicking through on the details. The median remains 5.6R at this time, but it's actually pretty close between 5.6R and 5.7R.


Location: Kentucky : Red River Gorge : Military Wall : Fuzzy Undercling (5.11b) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 29, 2016

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Comments: If you've never seen or heard of anyone flipping while falling, you need to get out more.


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : East Bluff 04 - East Rampar... : Rainy Wednesday Tower : Double Overhang (5.4) : Photo
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 20, 2016

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Comments: Coulda' almost used a longer sling under the roof there!


Location: Wisconsin : Devil's Lake : Devil's Lake Bouldering : Far East Area
By: Doug Hemken When: Dec 14, 2016

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Comments: I think Paul Jones told me about the rock out here, a few years ago. Nice to know he wasn't just pulling my leg! You four could well be the only people who have climbed those rocks, for all I've heard (or not heard)!


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