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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Approach Trails = 4
Page Improvements = 3

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Location: New Mexico > Albuquerque Area Climbing > Sandia Mountains > Pino Wall & Jawbone > Pino Wall > Pino Wall Route (5.8)
By: Mark D. When: Sep 26, 2016

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Comments: This is a fun route on a remote wall. In finding the decent you do not want to go to the big switchback in the trail. That is quite a bit past the small climbers trail that takes you to the concrete piles. From there the description is pretty good and gets you down to where you can drop your packs. Not sure that we descended the gulley in the easiest manner, as it was very bushy and sharp. The first pitch has some spicy moves near the top. Pitch two is good with a couple hard moves and P3 ... more >>

Location: New Mexico > Cochiti Mesa & Surrounding ... > Capulin Canyon > Main Cliff > Tree Hugger (5.9)
By: Mark D. When: Sep 26, 2016

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Comments: Interesting route but it felt a little harder than 5.9. The rope drag was full on after the traverse. The exit to where the burnt tree was is only a move but really tough and unprotected. We ended up grabbing the yucca to pull over the lip.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice > Glacier Gorge > ... > The Hourglass Couloir (M4)
By: Mark D. When: Jun 5, 2013

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Comments: Climbed the Hourglass on June 1. Conditions were great. This is a very nice route. Definitely the best mixed line I have climbed in the Park. Approach took about 3 hours on hard snow. We were able to walk across Solitude Lake. Coming out was punchy but doable without flotation. The ice pitch was in great shape! The chockstones on P1 were tricky, and pro was a little scarce.

Location: New Mexico > Albuquerque Area Climbing > Sandia Mountains > La Cueva Canyon, Upper > The Thumb > North Summit Direct (5.8)
By: Mark D. When: Apr 21, 2010

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Comments: I thought that was a pretty killer route. We aren't climbing on Chamonix granite here so for the location I think that 2.5 stars is dead on. No one will have a bad time on this line. Realizing, of course, the grade and the fact that it doesn't see a ton of action. One star sounds like something not really worth doing unless you have a lot of time on your hands and have done everything better. It was my second Sandia route and i don't look down on it after doing Warpy or Procrastination.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > Silverton > Eureka > Stairway to Heaven (WI4)
By: Mark D. When: Apr 21, 2010

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Comments: This is a great route! Maybe it was the day, but when you have 300 meters of fat ice in mid April things are pretty good. T-shirt weather and sticky placements. Still steep though on Pitch 1, 3, 5.

Location: Colorado > CO Ice & Mixed > RMNP - Mixed/Ice > Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... > Dreamweaver (5.4 M2)
By: Mark D. When: May 19, 2003

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Comments: Dreamweaver this past Friday and it was a complete snow climb except for three short rock chimneys. We did not use crampons, ropes or pro and it took about 3.5 hours to summit from our tent in the Meeker Cirque. Upon our hike out Saturday afternoon we noticed that the snow pack was diminishing greatly above treeline. My impression was that avalanche danger is not too bad as long as you are off the steep angles by mid-afternoon. Alpine Ice should start forming if the sunny, dry days persist. ... more >>

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