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Rock Climbing Photo: boldering near Cortez, CO


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Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : Photo
By: ian altman When: Nov 15, 2016

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Comments: I've been through this sketchy col one too many times and knew rocks like this could tumble down the thing! Luv it!


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Photo
By: ian altman When: Oct 24, 2016

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Comments: Glad you've been enjoying it, Trevor! Some must do's in the main area are :
"Superette"- edgy patina start, awesome changing cracks sequence and a 5.11 locker finger crack finish! Probably my favorite these days "Sunday Stroll": super fun finger, tight hands crack splitter with good feet all around. There's a worth while face climb right next to it that shares the same anchor:... more >>


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Photo
By: ian altman When: Oct 18, 2016

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Comments: Oh, this was some 5.9/10 hand crack roof ... it's about a half mile down river from the Pump House crag. This photo was from years ago. We didn't do the first ascent and had just noticed the anchors one day. They should be visible from the road, and I remember other routes with anchors on that wall, too.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Bat Master (5.9)
By: ian altman When: Oct 17, 2016

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Comments: Thanks for the descriptive tale of your leads up these two cracks. I'm not sure who did the FAs on those but suspect it was Rex. He has done a bunch of things in the canyon and on the Pump House crag in recent years but has not left descriptions on MP. He added several more near the top of the approach trail...one is a face climb and the another that you could miss has bolts up to a harder .11d OW.

If you feel like it and have the time, you could add those two cracks with a ... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab... : Photo
By: ian altman When: Sep 16, 2016

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Comments: Yeah I should have it somewhere but will have to look. I'll get back to you on that in a weeks time


Location: CO : Durango : RV Wall : San Juan Skyway (5.7+)
By: ian altman When: Aug 26, 2016

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Comments: Whomever took the carabiners for this anchor recently, please don't be such nube..they were there for a reason!


Location: CO : Durango : RV Wall
By: ian altman When: Aug 26, 2016

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Comments: I noticed today that peeps have been swiping the lowering carabiners of the anchors. They are old Omega Pacific leavers, and they are there to make it easy to lower off after cleaning. LEAVE THEM THERE!


Location: CO : Durango : RV Wall : Brave Little Pop-up (5.10b)
By: ian altman When: Jul 24, 2016

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Comments: Cool route, with a few tosses to not so obvious holds. The moves on the sharp prow felt like the crux to me. Felt harder than North Shore.


Location: CO : Durango : RV Wall : North Shore (5.10b)
By: ian altman When: Jul 20, 2016

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Comments: Nice, David. I had actually cleaned that line, I think it was that one, the summer before and wanted to bolt it this year. Glad you got to it. I TR'd both that line and a similar line just climber's right of North Shore. The one to the left was better for sure, the one right of NS had a bad loose rock factor at the bottom. Glad things are filling in up there. I hope to proj some more shit up there this weekend. Thanks for your contributions. The setting is... more >>


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : High Time (5.9+)
By: ian altman When: Jun 28, 2016

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Comments: Thanks for the clarification on the typo...fixed it, and glad you had fun on the "High Time". Cool pitch huh, I think the thin section above the first anchor is the overall crux.


Location: North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab... : Photo
By: ian altman When: Jun 16, 2016

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Comments: Cool, thanks for the update. Do they have a different theory on their morphology too.
I had always heard Xenoliths were thought to be formed on the margins of batholiths/ monoliths. But i'm just a gentleman geologist :-)


Location: ian altman : sss : Photo
By: ian altman When: Dec 14, 2015

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Comments: Hey Mark, if I were the kind of climber that was worried about sharing beta then you wouldn't see me on MP. :) I'm all about sharing info on the climbs I've helped develop because it cleans um up and helps others share in the beauty.
So this shot was taken on a cluster of boulders just west of Cortez, CO as you head towards Sand Canyon. It's been years since I was there, so I'm not exactly sure where it was but I remember they were fairly obvious from the road. Another place you might want to t... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Watch Crystal : Primate Highway (5.11a)
By: ian altman When: Dec 9, 2015

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Comments: We modernized this great route in 2007 and replaced the original bashies and angle iron hangers that Bruce Lella had placed in the '70s with 4" Rawl bolts and stainless hangers. If you happen to see this Bruce, I still have your hangers if you want them back. You can still make out your signature on them!

Also think this route makes for a great single pitch linkup to Simians to the Sun. It's direct, and with modern ropes, it makes for an outstanding long pitch!


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Watch Crystal : Crime & Punishment (5.11a)
By: ian altman When: Dec 9, 2015

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Comments: Ha Ha. I added the "panty bolt" (awesome story that made me laugh tonight!) in 2007 with Tim's approval. I think he even showed me that day where he'd put it, and we agreed that many others would climb the route (and Evolution too) if the first crux was protected. Although I onsighted the route in the '90s, I was still scared shitless of the ankle breaking crux move every time I looked up at it. The truth w... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Low Angle Wall : Sally Pocket (5.9)
By: ian altman When: Dec 8, 2015

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Comments: The story behind the name on this one came from the FA in 2001. Brett Keyes and I bolted it on lead and with a hand drill. It took most of the day. When I grabbed that sinker pocket about 3/4s of the way up, Brett told me I'd be a "Sally" if I used it. So I used it anyway and became a Sally, I guess, and the name was born. I think this route has become one of the better routes for its grade the Fume Wall.


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Low Angle Wall : Beginner's Luck (5.7)
By: ian altman When: Dec 8, 2015

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Comments: This route was the second climb to be bolted at the Fume Wall in the spring of 2000. The first being the "CTA Route", bolted by Rob Middleton some years before. We originally bolted Beginner's on lead, and there was a total of 4 bolts. It felt like 5.9 back then, but after cleaning it up, it got a lot easier. In 2007, we added some five more bolts, and this climb became the entree lead for my students at the Colorado Timberline Academy.


Location: CO : Durango
By: ian altman When: Nov 13, 2015

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Comments: Some jackass chipped two of the jugs on the "front rock" at the Turtle Lake Bouldering area. It's unfathomable why someone would do such a thing...and either a random act of vandalism or a climber with a distorted personality. Please stop whoever you are, and let's keep an eye out folks!..the holds were clearly knocked off with a pick strike.


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Make John Do It (5.9+)
By: ian altman When: Nov 7, 2015

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Comments: Thanks for adding these, Scott!


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Arm and Hammer (5.10-)
By: ian altman When: Nov 7, 2015

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Comments: Word to that, Pete, but think I have better things to consume my energy down there. Yeah, it kinda pissed me off when I first saw it, but like I said, I clipped it the last time I lead it. It's still full value and quite run out even with this bolt. I guess it's just the principle of the matter that makes me wanna chop it. John and I had a lot of fun putting Arm and Hammer up years ago, and he lead the last 50 feet and placed those last three bolts on stances alone. I bet whoever took it upon th... more >>


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : Purcell Mountains : ... : Photo
By: ian altman When: Nov 3, 2015

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Comments: One of the most memorable ascents of my climbing career!


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Low Angle Wall : Rookie Hook (5.10b)
By: ian altman When: Oct 28, 2015

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Comments: In climbing this route recently, I think it's becoming easier than 5.10. When we first climbed and bolted it on lead in 2003, we went right over the roof in the middle of the route. Funny story and reason for the name, as my buddy, B. Murray took an impressive whipper when his hook placement popped while drilling the crux bolt. Point is though, after climbing this again in recent years, I think the way of avoiding this crux is becoming more and more worn-in, and most folks find this as the way ... more >>


Location: CO : Dolores Canyon : Caroline's Crack (5.7)
By: ian altman When: Oct 27, 2015

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Comments: Hey Scott,

Thanks for the info and updates. I did climb Caroline's Crack in like 2001 or so in honor of my niece Caroline who was in surgery at the time of the ascent. I didn't look for my or your slings, because I was placing a newer bolted anchor. We should talk soon though, and I think the Whisky Wall is a great name...I was just trying to come up with something when updating MP the other day. We should talk soon, and maybe you could add the other routes you know of here. I noticed some oth... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Low Angle Wall : Bad Math (5.10c/d)
By: ian altman When: Oct 5, 2015

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Comments: Some fucko took the biners from this anchor recently. Don't be a dumb ass!


Location: CO : Durango : Fume Wall : Fume Wall Right
By: ian altman When: Oct 5, 2015

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Comments: Please people...stop taking the carabiners from the anchors!!! Most of them are steel anyway, and whoever is taking them just states their inexperience, ignorance, and general disrespect for the folks who are maintaining the climbs here. They are not bootie and were left there for a reason!


Location: North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab... : Photo
By: ian altman When: Aug 26, 2015

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Comments: Thanks for the mention Peter. This pitch was one of the more memorable leads in my life and the perfect crescendo to an awesome route and adventure! If your into it, check out this article in the online Alpinist for the backstory on that trip... alpinist.com/doc/_print/web08s...


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