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Areas = 15
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Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries > Jurassic Park - Lily Lake > The Fin > Andrology (5.12a)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Apr 4, 2015

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Comments: Super lame that someone took the chains. No idea why anybody would do that to a sport route in a sport climbing area, etc. Anyway, I bought new chains, and Mike B. and I re-installed 'em. Should be good now.


Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... > Crazy Train (WI5)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Nov 17, 2012

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Comments: Thanks Kevin, I corrected it!


Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... > Crazy Train (WI5) > Photo
By: Kelly Cordes When: Nov 10, 2012

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Comments: Note: I don't know whose photo this is. Greg Sievers is leading, Tom Jensen belaying, and someone from afar shot the image, looked Greg up, and sent it to him. Greg passed it on to me. Our thanks to the unnamed photog!
[EDIT NOTE: the label "AM" is wrong -- that route name is Morning Dew (not Autumn Mist, as I mistakenly thought).]


Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > The Bookend > Strawberry Short Cake (5.10c)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 4, 2009

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Comments: Rich F wrote: "If you have a 60, watch out. You can probably still TR, but the belayer will need to be up the hill a bit, and you'll want knots in the end."
--just to confirm for folks: yes, that's correct. you can lower off with a 60m, and belay a TR, but ya need to go uphill and tie into your ends.


Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Glacier Gorge > Chiefshead Northeast Face > Cowboys and Indians (5.11b/c)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Sep 4, 2009

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Comments: Sorry for the delay, Bill -- actually, I'd say the given 5.9/10a rating for pitch 7 is about right. No harder than 5.10, anyway, and not really runout -- though, indeed, it *looks* much worse. That's the cool thing about it, it's a pleasant surprise!


Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries > The Crags > Wizard's Gate
By: Kelly Cordes When: Aug 27, 2009

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Comments: What an awesome crag -- many thanks to Jonathan and his crew for putting up some terrific routes here (and thanks for the tour!). Though currently not a ton of routes at this particular spot, it's possibly the best single-pitch crag (i.e. not including Lumpy, the Park, etc) around Estes, IMO. Really cool rock and great climbing, in a truly gorgeous setting. Well worth the visit, and hopefully more routes will go in -- seems there's plenty of potential for more.


Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Glacier Gorge > Chiefshead Northeast Face > Cowboys and Indians (5.11b/c)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Aug 25, 2009

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Comments: Hi Bill, good post...indeed, "Lost at Sea" on pitch 7, as the guidebook descriptions don't help much and the topos seem super improbable -- ya look up and wonder how in the heck the two discontinuous, angling corners shown in the topos could possibly connect? Looks like blank face climbing between them.

We climbed the route yesterday, had a great time, and it's fresh in my mind. (BTW, saw some fresh chalk...maybe yours?) I trust I'm not killing anyone's adventure here, or else they wouldn't be... more >>


Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > Batman Rock
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 24, 2008

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Comments: Howdy Brad -- I'm pretty sure that Batman & Robin is closed due to the raptor nesting restrictions (update: yup, found it here:
nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/are... ).

It's a bit frustrating sometimes, in that I'm pretty sure they don't list all the closures at the trailhead. I could have just missed it, or maybe someone had torn down one of them or something. Anyway, the other day I didn't see the Batman area closure posted at the trailhead, so I started heading up that way... more >>


Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > The Bookend > Pineapple Juice (5.11b)
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 21, 2008

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Comments: Howdy Bob,

With all respect, I disagree on the notion of needing another bolt down low: "maybe an extra bolt installed at the first bolt just for some redundancy."

I've done this route a few times (and it's appx at my onsight ability, so I think I'm being fair here), and though it's a bit exciting in spots, seems to me that, for the grade, it's not overly dangerous. You do have to make a tiny move to clip the first bolt (again, for the grade, though? Not a big deal at all), and you could have... more >>


Location: Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > Anarchy Wall > Anarchitect (5.12d)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Jul 20, 2007

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Comments: You're right on all, Bob, but I'm reformed, a changed man.
Seriously, yeah, definitely I'm the pot calling the kettle black to criticize anybody for anything...as would be most people. Maybe some (me) more than others. Even still, and despite my old times trolling/goofing off (and also being harsh in a serious tone), I think the baseless attacks on Matt are lame and, of course, I still have every right to say so. Even if it means I have "a lot of nerve"--better than no nerve. Doesn't change the ... more >>


Location: Colorado > Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > Anarchy Wall > Anarchitect (5.12d)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Jul 20, 2007

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Comments: Sweetjesus, talk about absurd. So, Matt does a rad send (awesome job, Matt), his buddy talks some shit, and then Matt (?!?!) gets strung up by dudes with too much time on their hands (not that there's anything wrong with having time on your hands...) -- hard to believe. Matt's climb didn't negatively affect anybody else's experience, so even if you aren't into his style or whatever, so what? Ahhh, but such fun to put someone else down for no good reason, yes... And some of the stuff on here, jes... more >>


Location: Colorado > Alpine Rock > RMNP - Rock > Cathedral Wall
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 29, 2006

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Comments: I found an approach shoe at the base of the Cathedral Wall (RMNP) today (5/29/06) -- the heel loop clip-in deal was blown-out, so I suspect it fell from high on the wall and someone had a bummer walk out. Drop me an email if it's yours and I'll get it to you. Kelly


Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice > Loch Vale & uphill > Deep Freeze (WI5-6 M5 R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 25, 2001

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Comments: Last Wed, Oct 17, Scott DeCapio and I climbed this route after Necrophelia - sorry I slacked in reporting sooner. Was far better than Necro, offering superb mixed climbing. The final pillar wasn't anywhere close to touching, but great rock climbing (felt 5.9-ish - good pick locks & hand jams) with good pro led to it. Unfortunately, the cracks ended, so the awkward and strenuous climbing onto the upper dagger were run-out (unless you want to place screws in it to experiment with natural selection... more >>


Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice > Loch Vale & uphill > Necrophilia (WI4-5 M5-6 R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 25, 2001

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Comments: Scott DeCapio and I climbed Necrophelia Oct 17 (sorry I didn't report conditions sooner!) - wasn't really that much fun, kinda spooky, scrappy, early season grovel. Some verglas covered parts of the route, but was mostly rock. No water running, either.


Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice > Glacier Gorge > ... > All Mixed Up (WI4- R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 24, 2001

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Comments: Scott DeCapio and I climbed the route this morning, and despite winter misery up high in the park today (snow, wind, cold! waahh!), the ice was pretty good. I've only climbed it once before, last February, and there is considerably more, and better, ice on it now. Protectable by screws (don't forget the 10 & 13 cm ones though). The multitude of variants and climbs to the right looked good as well, and more interesting, but we were too interested in continual movement (warmth).


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