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Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Unaweep Canyon : Main Canyon: Unaweep Granit... : The Access Fund Trailhead : ... : Napa Arete (5.10)
By: James Hicks When: Nov 14, 2016

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Comments: Pretty sweet route. We ended up taking the line in the 2012 picture. I think it enables you to protect the moves to the first bolt better, plus the climbing looked to be better that way. Just an FYI that a 70m will get your feet back on the ground, a 60m might leave you up the bushy gully a bit.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : 1st Meat Wall : McRib (5.10)
By: James Hicks When: Oct 31, 2016

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Comments: Blocks mentioned above are still there. I grabbed one to the left of the anchor and it started to come out. Lower flake section feels pretty hollow as well.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : 1st Meat Wall : Chicken Wings (5.10+)
By: James Hicks When: Oct 31, 2016

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Comments: Definitely some loose rock still on this one. The pod/flare portion about halfway up or so is pretty suspect. I grabbed a hold on the right side of it and a chunk about a foot across or so started flexing out. You can get through the section without grabbing it, just be aware.


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Prow : Induced Labor (5.10c)
By: James Hicks When: Aug 22, 2016

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Comments: Thought this was a really fun route. First couple moves have some slick feet and I wouldn't have hated having a stick clip for it, but it's doable. If you blow it, you at least have some scrubby bushes to land in :) I noticed a faint pink X on what appears to be a really good handhold around what I think was the 4th bolt or so. I knocked on it and it seemed solid, but it certainly doesn't look solid. If it comes off, your belayer better... more >>


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : Team Wall : Rolling the Fridge (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Aug 22, 2016

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Comments: Fun route, 6 bolts with a sporty finish. It shares the start with "Behind the Fridge," 5.10c. Left after the split is 5.10c, right is the 5.9.


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Cree... : The Schoolyard : MK (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Aug 22, 2016

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Comments: I am not sure if I read this route wrong or what, but I can't find a way that this thing is 5.9. It felt a solid grade harder to me, and the bolting is not great. The 5.10s in the area all felt cruiser compared to the start of this thing. Not really worth the effort to climb it IMO when there are so many other better routes nearby.


Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Right Fork : The Minimum Crag : Minienticer (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: The comment about the belay stance seems odd since everyone in our party commented how nice it was. Fun route, nothing too hard just felt like sustained 5.9 climbing.


Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Right Fork : Oxygen Wall : Key Lime Sky (5.8)
By: James Hicks When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: Great cruiser route. Well bolted, to the point I climbed past the last bolt without noticing. 70m was plenty long.


Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Middle Fork : Lou's Tavern : Warm & Soapy Lather (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: Seems to have cleaned up some since the last comment. We didn't pull anything off. But like the other routes in the area it its still a little dirty. Fun route though.


Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Middle Fork : Lou's Tavern : Project Mayhem (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: It looked chossier than it climbed. I didn't notice anything sizable that was loose. Although it all LOOKS like it should pull right out, it all stayed in place. Bottom section is a bit sandy but it cleans up as you climb higher. Fun climb!


Location: UT : Maple Canyon : Middle Fork : Grease & Grime Wall : Grease & Grime (5.10b)
By: James Hicks When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: Not sure about the choss comments. I didn't notice much at all. If you get much out of the bolt line I could see it possibly getting a bit chossy. Its a bit mossy down low but other than that it was a super fun route. Nice and airy feeling for the last few bolts. Not sustained really, but we really enjoyed the route. And calling this a 5.9 is just a sandbag comment. The moves to get around the roof/bulge are solid 10b for Maple.


Location: UT : Moab Area : La Sal Mountains : Lower Dakota Crag : Ganja Wall
By: James Hicks When: May 31, 2016

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Comments: Nice trail all the way to Ganja wall now from the lower crags TH if you don't want to take the hand line down.


Location: UT : Moab Area : La Sal Mountains : Lower Dakota Crag : Times Wall : Story of My Life (5.10c)
By: James Hicks When: May 31, 2016

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Comments: Real fun climb, each section has its own flavor. But its real hard to grade. Pulling off of the ledge 3/4 of the way up has got to be around a V3/4 bouldering move. Maybe the holds have broken away a bit, but there is no way its a 10c move. Luckily there is a bolt you can clip that protects that part real well which you can clip from the ledge, and it can provide the ability to get a little top rope assist if need be. Stays tough for the next few moves as well, but not out of line with the post... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : La Sal Mountains : Lower Dakota Crag : Times Wall : Hand Prints (5.10c)
By: James Hicks When: May 31, 2016

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Comments: Fun route, but just be aware that blowing either of the first 2 (maybe even 3) clips would turn out real bad for you. Also, there are only 4 bolts.


Location: CO : Glenwood Springs : Main Elk Creek : Main Elk Crag : Velociraptor (5.11a)
By: James Hicks When: Dec 22, 2015

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Comments: Great route! Definitely a little sustained, but you do get a couple of good rests. The top was a bit of a waterfall when we climbed it, but it seems that is probably normal if it has snowed a fair amount recently. Best route I have got on at Elk Creek so far.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Grand Mesa : Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall : Flat Rock Flight (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Another fun, moderate climb up on the mesa. This would be a great route for someone breaking into 5.9 on trad, it takes great gear from solid stances.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Grand Mesa : Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall : Xenolith (5.10c)
By: James Hicks When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Not sure how to grade or rate this route, I just now it felt really hard for 10c. I could be a weenie but I think it falls somewhere around the 11a range. I won't add my rating though since I couldn't do much but hang my way through the crux. Not a bad route at all, in fact it definitely has fun moves, just hard moves.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Grand Mesa : Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall : Day Old Mackerel (5.10a/b)
By: James Hicks When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Great little route. The crux is between the green C3 placement and the second bolt, with positive holds a great pocket to get you through. WAY easier than its neighbor Xenolith.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Grand Mesa : Land's End Area : Kaleidoscope Wall : The Pika Strikes Back (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: Fun route! The bolting was well done, comfy clips and they are right where you need them. The one spot for gear below the crux takes a bomber 0.4 Camalot.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Grand Mesa : Land's End Area : Kaleidoscope Wall : The Mess (5.8+)
By: James Hicks When: Jun 22, 2015

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Comments: I am not sure I climbed the start as it appears in the pic, I started down and right of the overhang and traversed under it on ridiculously positive holds before heading up to the left of the overhang. I think I used a red C3 and fished in a nut in the small crack and another nut up to the left of the overhang before pulling up onto the ledge. The move up onto the ledge definitely felt tricky for the grade, but the gear is bomber. The crack up top could use some cleaning (I would have if I had t... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : Dutch Oven (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Oct 31, 2014

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Comments: I have no idea what the person above is talking about, this isn't greasy at all. In fact, I lost skin in the crack at the bulge due to the grittiness of the rock, and the holds leading up to it are super positive. Not the greatest route, but it's a fun little warm-up.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part A - Versc... : Verschneidung Dihedral (5.7)
By: James Hicks When: Sep 14, 2014

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Comments: Fun route! Despite a couple of the comments here, I didn't notice any greasy feeling sections at all. There is a stuck can about halfway up the handcrack that doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, but a couple of the cables are busted, so I'm not sure how much I would really trust it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Cornered, straight up varia... (5.9)
By: James Hicks When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: I managed to get a red C3 stuck right around the cruxy bit. I tried to get it out on rappel, but it thwarted all of my efforts. If someone gets it out, I would be willing to meet up and trade some beers for it, but it is in there quite solidly. So, in the mean time, there is a solid piece of gear that you clip as you pull over the flake/roof!


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Dream Dome : Wrinkles in Time (5.9-)
By: James Hicks When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Awesome route! One of the best at the grade I have climbed in BC. For a bit of beta, I used a small nut and a #1 C3 (#0 would work as well) to protect the crack up to the first bolt. Personally, I wouldn't listen to the folks saying you don't need gear. I would think of it more as a trad protected start instead of simply a high first bolt. A fall before the bolt would be bad news. An earlier comment shows what can happen. The crack takes great gear, so why not use it?! Most people d... more >>


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The Gallery : Menses Prow : Pueblo Gringos (5.10a/b)
By: James Hicks When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: Great climb! There are couple greasy footholds, but they're really not all that bad considering how bomber almost every hand hold is. Super fun!


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