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Member Since: May 12, 2008
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Location: West Virginia : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Beauty Mountain : Thunder Buttress : Gun Club (5.12c)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Nov 13, 2015

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Comments: Nah, you guys are crazy. 12-/V4 crux move to a bunch of 12- continuous climbing. The crux requires very little power. Get your skin to bite on those razors trust some non existent feet and pull up. Done deal. Yosemite 12- at best. Hell probably Yosemite 11+. The rest of the climbing is beautiful and the real highlight of the route. "It's not that bad."

Location: West Virginia : Franklin Gorge : Main Wall : Impact Zone : Black Magic (5.12d)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Mar 2, 2015

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Comments: I'm not sure if this is the route I'm thinking of, but it does seem similar to a route I climbed back in 2000. Was this bolted that long ago or am I thinking of something completely different? FWIW, I climbed just about everything onsight at the main area (not riverbend area-actually never had the chance to climb there) in a few visits back in 1999-2000. A little hazy on the dates being that it was so long ago and so early in my climbing career. I never had a guide and only knew certain names of... more >>

Location: Virginia : DC & Northern VA Region : Great Falls : Cow's Hoof : Hard Nut (C1)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Jun 16, 2014

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Comments: I worked on freeing this route back in 2009. After a few sessions I managed to do all the moves free but had to hang in the middle. Probably goes free at 5.13a/b or V5 into another V5

Location: North Carolina : Whiteside Mountain : Southeast Face : Warriors Way (5.12c)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Nov 12, 2013

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Comments: Definitely one of the best routes on the east coast!!! Well protected and super steep make this rig a truly unique experience.

A few thoughts on the route:

The mantle on pitch 1 is probably no harder than 11+. Have no fear. Have some mid size pieces to protect the run outs above the mantle.

The 2nd pitch "11d" is awesome and no move is harder than 11a/b, just a lot of 10+/11- climbing.

Bring only quickdraws on the 5.8 pitch. If you are scared of falling on this back off now.

The second ... more >>

Location: West Virginia : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : South Side Crags : Area 51 : Game Theory (5.12c)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Aug 30, 2012

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Comments: This route is excellent and probably the best warm up for the steep cave routes to the left. Bottom 10 feet is pretty rotten rock.

Location: West Virginia : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : South Side Crags : Orange Wall : Tatanka (5.11c)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: Mar 29, 2012

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Comments: One of the best mixed routes anywhere!!! This wall is amazing.

Location: Colorado : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Tail : Whimsical Dreams (5.11b)
By: Joseph DeGaetano When: May 27, 2008

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Comments: For me the crux is the mini offwidth roof 2/3 of the way up. I'm curious: Did you use squeeze and jam through it or use the sport weenie method and crimp and pimp through it. Being a East Coast, sport weenie I had to do the latter-no way was I figuring out the squeeze and jamming beta on that one.

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