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Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion
By: Josh When: 5 days ago

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Comments: Travis W.: You can help! That "trail" to the Upper Tier is not actually completed yet, but a large group of volunteers has been working this season to finish the connector trail to the Upper Tier. The next work day is THIS SATURDAY. You can sign up here: offero.jeffco.us/ActivityRegis...


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : A. Jericho : The Horns of Jericho (5.5)
By: Josh When: 5 days ago

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Comments: Niki Hall -- a large group of volunteers has been working with JeffCo Open Space to punch in a new access trail from below for all the Upper Tiers areas, including Jericho. In fact, the trail should more or less brush the bottom of Jericho on its way to the main Upper wall. Volunteer days are happening on the 4th Saturday of every month til Oct or so, and the next one is this Saturday! You can sign up here: offero.jeffco.us/ActivityRegis...

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Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : C. Lower Tier : ... : Zion Train (5.10a)
By: Josh When: Jun 24, 2017

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Comments: 6/24/2107 -- anchors were checked and tightened. All OK.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : Buffalo Creek : Little Scraggy Dome : Craggy Tur (5.10+)
By: Josh When: Apr 15, 2017

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Comments: I led P1 only then rapped. It was a good extra something after Two Jews Blues when we still had a bit of time. A few notes on P1 (at least as it is described here, since that's the line we climbed): the final crack before the anchor is easier but thin-- bring small wires. The 3-bolt anchor has one 3/8" old bolt, one 1/4" bolt, and one buttonhead with a sharp old bed frame-style hanger. All together, they seem to add up to an adequate if not total... more >>


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : Photo
By: Josh When: Mar 30, 2017

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Comments: The access trail shown here is under construction and should be completed by the end of 2017. Until then, please continue to use the rappel-in access from the Windy Saddle parking lot.


Location: Colorado : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side : PTO (5.8+)
By: Josh When: Mar 13, 2017

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Comments: Looks like there are bolts added above the top anchor to allow a connection over to Solid Gold / Playing Hooky? Is this now an alternative P1 start to those longer routes?


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : ... : For Whom the Cap Fits (5.9)
By: Josh When: Oct 9, 2016

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Comments: Glad you liked it, Jay. I concede that you're right, by the way - most of the Upper Tiers routes do need some brushing. I keep hoping that the routes will clean up naturally with traffic, but the Upper Tiers don't get enough visitation yet, and the lichen growth is heftier up there than on some of the Lower Tier routes. I also generally like to minimize the amount of cleaning so as to only remove the natural surface cover and vegetation where absolutely ne... more >>


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : C. Lower Tier : ... : Photo
By: Josh When: Sep 30, 2016

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Comments: That's a good looking' nest of gear below the overhang... ;)


Location: Colorado : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Fiscal Cliff
By: Josh When: Aug 29, 2016

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Comments: A friendly suggestion for anyone visiting the Fiscal Cliff: please keep belayers and gear and whatnot off the new paved trail to avoid unnecessary conflict with bikers and hikers. Now that the Peak-to-Plains Trail is open in this section of the canyon, access to this cliff and a few others is much, much easier. However, the trail also sits essentially at the base of this crag, and it is on an outside corner. For cyclists, this means they may not be able to see a belayer who is standing on the pa... more >>


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : ... : Three Little Roofs (5.8)
By: Josh When: Jun 12, 2016

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Comments: Gotta give props to Adam Huxley and Jim Wong for working on putting up this one with me. A fun afternoon of figuring out the protection locations.


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : C. Lower Tier : ... : Lyin' Like a Lion (in Zion) (5.10c)
By: Josh When: Jun 12, 2016

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Comments: Agreed that the now-smaller hold just above the first bolt makes it a bit harder, but that hold still offers a positive edge for fingertips and is pretty valuable for the opening sequence, at least for me.


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : ... : Allrete (5.8)
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: I'll go ahead and beat you to it, Jay: this one has a lot of lichen, like the other routes here.... ;)


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock : ... : Photo
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: Definitely worth a trip. Thoughtful moves out of the flake system, and the face above is highly featured (if with tiny things).


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock : Naked Dave lives to Smoke A... (5.10)
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: I'm unclear how this route is related to X Marks the Spot and Eternal Edges, since X Marks is roughly 30 feet to the left of Three Trees, and Eternal Edges starts just to the left of Three Trees. Is this to the left or to the right of Black Hole and First Flight?


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock : ... : Photo
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: This route goes straight up (on the face to the left of that tree growing out of the wall above), but you can also see the right-facing flakes that start the route Three Trees on the left side of the picture.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock : Three Trees (5.7)
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: There are huge, positive holds all over this nearly vertical climb, which makes it quite fun, and the gear options are abundant. Also it is possible to end the first pitch at the anchors for Eternal Edges.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock : Eternal Edges (5.10)
By: Josh When: Jun 2, 2016

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Comments: The route starts on top of a large flake leaning against the wall (with a good shelter cave for two people beneath, if the weather turns...). The first bolt is in the large, right-arcing flake on the wall, and there is air behind the bolt spot. Not to worry, though - the flake is fairly thick and seems like it would hold....


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : Arch Rock
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: When walking up from Alligator Lounge, eventually there are two shallow drainages to choose from, with an outcrop of squat, stacked plate-type rocks in between. Try the right side - the drainage without all the aspen saplings in it. Much more open terrain and less deadfall to step over. This is easier to see from the base of Arch Rock (you know, after you've already done the hike up...).


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Outback : Half and Half (5.9)
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: It is possible to rap from this anchor diagonally to set the TR anchor for the 5.7 next to it, but a single 70 meter rope will not quite be long enough then to reach the ground if rigged for both climbs, but it will be close enough to make it work (we just stepped up on the first easy moves on the 7 to make it work).


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Outback : Phoenix (5.8)
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: I would agree the only thing that makes this route a grade easier than its neighbors is that the slab section is slightly shorter and has slightly more positive edges (though still tiny). The angle is the same, and the moves are basically friction. Lots of fun and long.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Outback : ... : Photo
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: You can see the line of bolts for The Green Mile above Steve's head. If you are beginning Unforgettable Fire, you would break left along the dike from where Steve is here.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Outback : The Green Mile (5.9)
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: With two 70 meter ropes, it is possible to have the leader climb both pitches together and then bring the second rope up for a single 2-rope rappel.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Outback
By: Josh When: Jun 1, 2016

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Comments: The approach took us 1 hr 20 minutes as well, but well worth it for such excellent rock and fun climbing (if you like slabs, which I do). A few more details that might help for the approach: the "trail" down from the top of the hill at the power lines follows a faint seam in the hillside, almost perpendicular to the direction you have been walking up to that point. At the bottom of this hill, where you pick up the old two-track in the gully / streambed, I would generally stay as much on the far ... more >>


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : ... : The Joy of My World (is in ... (5.9+)
By: Josh When: Apr 27, 2016

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Comments: UPDATE: the anchor for this climb is now restored. It has been moved to the lip of the ledge on top and should be easier to use than the original. There is a separate rappel anchor above the ledge that can be clipped from the side before making the exposed step onto the ledge, if you are accessing this spot from above.

I do not know who stole the original anchor off this route, but it is concerning. There were several other anchors on the Upper Tier that had pieces of chain and quicklinks r... more >>


Location: Colorado : Golden : Lookout Mountain Road : Tiers of Zion : B. Upper Tier : ... : Photo
By: Josh When: Nov 10, 2015

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Comments: Don't worry-- the photo is very foreshortened. The actual lines of ascent are straighter and longer.


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