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Areas = 15
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Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > South > Devil's Thumb > Left Side (5.7+)
By: John M Brooks When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: Nice bolted chains at S side of top. Min 60m rope to get down over crux & slab, then easy Class 4 downclimb holding onto ridge edge.

Great views from top - very worthy summit.

I found the leaning crack awkward and could not reach/obtain the jug hold. Even then with a swinging heel hook and strenuous reach to obtain balance, that is no way a 5.7 move. Seen same requirement on 5.11 routes. Maybe missed some key foot placement? Anyways, found the pin ring to be convenient to aid my way up. Just n... more >>

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Finger Flatiron > East Face/Finger Flatiron (5.4)
By: John M Brooks When: Oct 24, 2009

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Comments: Nice trail to base & along descent. Enjoyable route and belay areas. Great summit top. Total rope length ~140m bottom to top.

Location: Colorado > Golden > Golden Gate Canyon SP > Mt. Thorodin > CMC Route (5.7)
By: John M Brooks When: Sep 14, 2008

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Comments: Tough to find start. P1-3 : 45,35,35m. Climbed with packs made roof crux toughest spot. Great views. Good variety with slab, crack, chimney, & roof. Good to have hexes.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Second Flatiron > Freeway (5.0)
By: John M Brooks When: Nov 18, 2007

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Comments: Rope-soloed first three 60m pitches to the gully. Pro available but after long runouts. Free-soloed remainder of route up gully, trees, jump, and summits. The Jump was a bit much given carrying gear, pack, & rope. The Trees of Love (refer to another pic) was the toughest move of the route, and the last 20 ft. up the crack corner/dihedral were harder than the avg rating. Lots of rock to grab!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Skunk Canyon > ... > Angel's Way (5.2)
By: John M Brooks When: Nov 4, 2007

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Comments: Kevin's beta on approach was key - follow the stream left around blk, vs. don't try to go rt up & over base of Satan's Slab. Here's how to have a 12hr roped climbing adventure : 7:45a start from NCAR, 9:15a rdy to climb P1, finish 5 1/2 pitches to base of final summit blk by 2:30p, 2 short P7-8 up to summit via who knows what route high on east face, not much room or pro on summit by 4:10p, downclimb P9 protected and traverse east & north, then short P10 over to rappel tree by 4:53p. Rapped 30' ... more >>

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Skunk Canyon > ... > Stairway to Heaven (5.3)
By: John M Brooks When: Oct 21, 2007

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Comments: We did 8 pitches (4 full-length 60m, and 4 short) including belay to rap tree. Nice climbing for most of the route, with some easy 3-4 class mixed in. Our line definitely included several 5.4 moves. This route felt more difficult than Breezy (5.5) or 5th Flatiron East Face, N. side route 5.4. Last pitch up the face on rt side had long runout.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Gregory Canyon (including T... > ... > 2nd Pinnacle, NW Corner (5.0)
By: John M Brooks When: Oct 11, 2007

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Comments: Rate this fun route 5.1 due to 1st move and final face moves. Rappel from eye-bolt down same path. Getting rope down a bit tricky from that angle.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The Wind Tower > Wind Tower - SW Face > Tigger (5.6)
By: John M Brooks When: Aug 14, 2007

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Comments: Great variety : face, lieback, undercling, roof, crack; just enough to make this 5.6. Great holds/feet in conjunction with the right moves.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Gregory Canyon (including T... > ... > East Bench Dihedral (5.2)
By: John M Brooks When: Jul 12, 2007

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Comments: Fun route with good rest stops. Last portion of upper dihedral requires key stemming sequence. I think route is tougher than the 5.2 if you strictly follow the corner all the way up.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > North > Gregory Canyon (including T... > ... > Northeast Chimney (5.3)
By: John M Brooks When: Jul 1, 2007

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Comments: First chockstone made me nervous (really plans on staying there?). Did come across giant loose boulder at top. Rating 5.3 because of nice rest stops, but move through slot above cave really tough. First tried stemming on left side, but had better luck going right up the inside face on the right. Had to haul up my pack and rack from the cave (could not fit thru slot). Great views into the amphitheater and on top of East Bench. Downclimbed back to eyebolt and rapped (left backup sling).

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