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Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Monkey Skull : Sunshine Dihedral (5.10b)
By: George Bracksieck When: 4 days ago

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Comments: In 1981, Mike Endicott led me up this. There were no bolts or adjacent routes, but the old fixed pin was there. I recall reading/hearing (at sometime since) that Layton Kor placed that pin.

We continued up what is now known as "Alvino's Variation," which I led. Gillett's guidebook says that Alvino and partner did the FA in 1993. It was probably climbed by Kor and/or others long before 1993, because this is the most obvious... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Throne : Magnum P.I. (5.9+ PG13)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 1, 2016

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Comments: Clever route name. However, we saw zero poison ivy all day. Perhaps the 2013 flood eliminated it from the river bank and the gully. We avoided the gully by mostly following the ridge to its right, as suggested by Gillett's guidebook and MP.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Throne : Petticoat (5.10a)
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 31, 2016

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Comments: The halfway mark on my 70m rope had passed through my belay device by the time Ross reached the two-bolt anchor. Sufficient rope lay on the ground when I rapped. Cams and stoppers thinner than 3/4 inches were placed.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Throne : Magnum P.I. (5.9+ PG13)
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 31, 2016

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Comments: Yesterday, Ross led me up Magnum PI, climbing variations to the second and third pitches. He finished the first pitch just a meter or two right of an old bolt and belayed a meter or more higher, on the right, from a bombproof sling around a solid block. This block is four or five meters above the pair of modern bolts atop Petticoat. This pitch was about 120 feet long.

This same block is where Milt Strickler belayed me and a guy named Kent up said first pitch, after Milt led it, on Sept. 19, 197... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Vallecito Crags : The Slippery Slope
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 24, 2016

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Comments: I moved the location on the Google aerial. I think that I correctly pinpointed the Slippery Slope. However, I have a hard time seeing into the shadows on the map, and I can't see all aspects of what I think is this rock outcrop, even when it's greatly zoomed in.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : West Side : Prow Hugger (5.10b)
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 11, 2016

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Comments: The first third follows LA Woman, which wanders up and left into increasingly grungy terrain in the dihedral. Instead, PH continues straight up, into some steep, surprising moves on the arete.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : West Side
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 11, 2016

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Comments: To reach the Cape of Good Hope and the Upstream cliffs, simply take the occasionally cairned climber's trail that parallels the rim. No need to get wet, whack bushes, or lick poison ivy. Finding where to branch off may take some trial and error.

The Cape routes require rapping from the big tree for about eight feet to reach the bolted anchors, which are out of sight, just below the rim. The Upstream routes can be reached by descending a talus gully along the north side of t... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : West Side
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 10, 2016

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Comments: Around Right is around right from Mudslide. The route order could be changed to reflect this reality.


Location: CO : Durango : Vallecito Crags : The Slippery Slope
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 29, 2016

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Comments: The map shows the wrong location. Maybe someone can fix it.


Location: CO : Durango : Vallecito Crags : Vertical Wall
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 29, 2016

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Comments: The L->R order is wrong. Yardstik is left of Clear Cut. The admin should switch those two in the route list.


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : Tradistan Tower : Nuggernaut (5.8)
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 5, 2016

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Comments: The route faces east-southeast. We did 7 1/2 raps with a 70. A single 60 would be too short.


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 5, 2016

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Comments: The rock here is quartzite, not granite.


Location: CO : Durango : Pine River Trad : Tradistan Tower
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 5, 2016

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Comments: This wall faces generally southeast and is composed of quartzite, much of which is conglomeritic. The rap route described for each climb listed herein is the same as for the Nuggernaut. We did 7 1/2 raps with a 70. A single 60 would be too short.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : West Side : Cape Point (5.11-)
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 4, 2016

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Comments: This route doesn't seem any harder than the one to its left.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : North Fork of the St. Vrain...
By: George Bracksieck When: Aug 16, 2016

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Comments: FWIW of all the areas listed on this North St. Vrain page, only the Longmont Res. area and Coulson Gulch are actually in the North St. Vrain watershed. Split Rocks and Animal Magnetism (of which there is one posted pic) are also and are found farther up US 36.

Big Elk Meadows, the Palace, Raven's Roost, Kenny Mtn., and Tomato Rock lie within the Little Thompson drainage and are approached from US 36, northwest of Pinewood Spgs. Access to Coulson Gulch BTW is easiest from the... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can...
By: George Bracksieck When: Aug 16, 2016

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Comments: The placement of Acrophile Rock in the above "Mileage for Crags" list is inaccurate. As stated in Gillett's excellent guidebook, Acrophile is approached from a major parking pullout at 7.5 miles.

On Aug. 14, Ross Swanson and I serendipitously found two new excellent bolted lines on the left side of the obvious big slab that is just above the creek, not far upstream from Stewardess Convention and not far downstream from the above-mentioned parki... more >>


Location: MD : Rocks State Park : Biceps Wall : Biceptennial (5.10a)
By: George Bracksieck When: Apr 25, 2016

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Comments: FA: Mike Endicott and Milt Strickler, 1976.


Location: MD : Rocks State Park : Breakaway Wall : Mike's Finger Buckets (5.10b R)
By: George Bracksieck When: Apr 25, 2016

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Comments: FA: Mike Endicott, '70s.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Left Long Moderate Dihedral... (5.7+)
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 27, 2016

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Comments: I climbed this in the '70s, then we walked off.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : Winky Woo (5.4 R)
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 27, 2016

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Comments: On May 17, 1977, I led Claire Carren up a direct start to Winky Woo. I recall that it was more like the variation that Guy H. describes (above) than the "Super Woo," which may be harder and farther left.

Here's quoting Guy's description: "We did a 3-star variation to the start of this climb the other day. It starts about 20-30ft to the left of the SW chimney, somewhere between the "Super" and standerd starts. There is about 30ft of fun ~5.8 climbing on a bucket covered bulging wall. This pitch ... more >>


Location: CA : San Diego County : North San Diego County : Poway Crags : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 19, 2015

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Comments: The Ramona Wall is out of sight behind the high ridge to the mountain summit.


Location: CA : San Diego County : North San Diego County : Poway Crags : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 19, 2015

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Comments: This pic shows Iron Mtn and the start of the Iron Mtn trail. You can't see the Poway Crags until you go through the pass on the skyline. BTW this isn't the fastest approach to the Poway Crags.


Location: CA : San Diego County : North San Diego County : Poway Crags : Ramona Wall : ... : Unemployment Line (5.8)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 19, 2015

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Comments: This climb's lower moves feature big footholds without handholds. Between the first and second bolts, there is a 5.9 move. Between the third and fourth bolts is a LONG off-balance, painful crossover reach — with no left foothold — up and left to the only big handhold on the route (5.10). If I were a few inches taller than 5' 8", this move would be easier.

Mordy did a great job onsighting this sandbag. I was unable to do the crux. I counted six bolts before the two anchor bolts on top. From ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Bitty Buttress : Voices Carry (5.8-)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 25, 2015

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Comments: Climbs lacking loose debris, whether rock or lichen, haven't necessarily been climbed previously. Those may be composed of a more resistant rock and/or lie in areas more exposed to wind and sun.

Conversely, lichen-infested climbs that have lots of loose rock might have been climbed previously. I have left most of my many shaggy passages in original condition because I chose not to chalk, clean, brush, or trundle, although I have moved or tossed rocks that threatened my companions. A subsequent... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Bitty Buttress : Voices Carry (5.8-) : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 25, 2015

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Comments: Narrow, elongated S! This pic is of p.1. The second pitch is hidden from view and goes to the top of the rock.


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