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Areas = 15
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Name Location Date

The Thimble

South Dakota > Custer State Park > Needles Eye Area

Feb 19, 2003

Contributed Comments


Location: South Dakota > Custer State Park > Needles Eye Area > The Thimble
By: John Gill When: Mar 24, 2003

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Comments: I have a new website that has some comments about the Thimble:

Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Poudre Canyon > Greyrock
By: John Gill When: Feb 26, 2003

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Comments: This is a delightful rock! In the late 1960s, when, from time to time, I tired of grappling with new boulder problems at Horsetooth, I would drive up to the trailhead , hike up to the base of Greyrock, and pick a solo scramble up the sunny granite slopes. Most of the time I went up either the center of the photo (above) or over near the right skyline. There's also some bouldering on the large summit area. Occasionally, I would see climbers struggling on thin faces and cracks, while I sailed u... more >>

Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Horsetooth Reservoir > Rotary Park > Eliminator Boulder > Right Eliminator (V4-)
By: John Gill When: Feb 21, 2003

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Comments: Oh dear ! I haven't inspected it in a long time. It's too bad the holds broke off and the base was altered (or wore away). It used to be a delightful dynamic problem. But it sounds like something good was born out of the unintentional gardening, like a phoenix from the ashes.

Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Horsetooth Reservoir > Rotary Park
By: John Gill When: Feb 20, 2003

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Comments: I recall the cold afternoon in 1967 that Rich and I first looked at the Mental Block. It must have been late fall or winter, with the temperaturenot far from freezing. There were no bouldering pads and we didn't feel particularly bouncy, so we rigged a short top rope. I putup the three basic routes (Pinch OH, Center, and Left) pretty quickly, but Rich pointed out , as we were leaving, that I should make the Pinch OH somewhat more challenging by not stepping off the ground! Had to return and d... more >>

Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries > Prospect Mountain > The Needle
By: John Gill When: Feb 18, 2003

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Comments: Back in the 1950s and 1960s, these were pretty popular with locals. Rich Goldstone and I and friends made several FAs on the Needle. One was something we called Angel Overhang, to the left of the downclimb. Another was the no-hands FA of the Needle by Bob Williams and me. We did our balancing act up the downclimb face! I don't remember any bolts, but that was in an era where bolting from rappel was considered unethical.

Location: Colorado > The Wet Mountains > Hardscrabble Pass > Tanner Rock aka Raven's But...
By: John Gill When: Feb 17, 2003

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Comments: This is a buttress I've climbed on off and on since about 1975. I called it "Raven's Buttress" , but somehow it's been blessed with a more prosaic name. My routes are solo climbs - I've never used a rope there - and are on the right center of the face. One variation is probably 5.8 , but most of the climbing is high angle 4th and modest 5th class on nice rock. From the top you can go down the slabby backside to the base of the north side of the buttress, then move east and uphill to the shoul... more >>

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > The Bihedral Area > The Bihedral (Upper Tier) > Bihedral Arete (5.10a)
By: John Gill When: Oct 23, 2002

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Comments: What a good route***

Location: Colorado > The Wet Mountains > Hardscrabble Pass
By: John Gill When: Jul 9, 2002

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Comments: The base of the higher cliffs on the north side of the canyon are about 1,000 feet above the highway. The cliffs themselves are more dome-like in character, rising at 70 degrees or so, with some steeper parts. In general, holds are profuse, so that the area is best suited for traditional techniques. In fact, It's a wonderful spot to freesolo explore easy to moderate climbs. I go out there frequently for that purpose. Even "Lovers Leap" has several easy to moderate routes up the steep side. I hav... more >>

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