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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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m10

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Ferguson on skinwalker.  Photo by Bob Rotert.

Mark Ferguson on skinwalker. Photo by Bob Rotert.

Utah : Moab Area : ... : Skinwalker (5.11)

Oct 16, 2008

Contributed Comments

 

Location: Idaho : The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch
By: Mark Ferguson When: Aug 15, 2016

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Comments: Please respect this special place.

I first visited the Elephants Perch in July of 2001 and did not see one other climber while there for a week. I went back in August of 2013 and was absolutely shocked at the amount of wear, tear, trash and crowds. In 2001 it was an untrammeled paradise, not so much anymore. I lost count of how many climbers showed up while I was there for the week. The amount of climbers this place now sees is unsustainable for such a fragile alpine environment and I fear ... more >>


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Cathedral Wall : Sublime Buttress (5.11 R)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jun 29, 2015

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Comments: A few comments:
Pitch 2 is a harsh warm-up (p1 is super casual), and I feel 11c is right on. The gear is good but can be pumpy to place due to the overhanging nature and irregularities in the crack. No fixed wire.

Pitch 6 has a 10- runout after the layback that my partner was able to reasonably protect with a micro BD offset and a purple c3, awesome pitch.

Pitch 7, the final pitch, has bad rock quality, I broke a number of holds and there are blocks just waiting to go. It is a bit unnerving an... more >>


Location: Colorado : South Platte : Staunton State Park
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 20, 2014

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Comments: With all due respect to the many talented individuals who put much time, money and effort into establishing these climbs, this place is a choss pile. I did a number of "4 star" routes the other day. Four stars is the highest rating on this site, reserved for such South Platte Classics as Wunch's Dihedral, Whimsical Dreams, and Mississippi Half Step. The rock here is no where near the quality of these routes and most other South Platte climbing areas. It's a one visit wonder... (if that).


Location: Wyoming : Wind River Range : Deep Lake Area : Haystack Mountain : Labor Day (5.10d PG13)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Sep 6, 2011

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Comments: This route is stellar. Do expect some run-outs, some lichen and some tricky pro. That aside, its a must do. Not a climb for the fledgling 5.10 climber.


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Chiefshead Northeast Face : Cowboys and Indians (5.11b/c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Nov 4, 2009

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Comments: I was up there the same day as Bill and John and we went a different way on p7 than they did. It seems we did what Eric W. did on the first ascent. From the Risky Business ledge, we went up and left to the "hidden crack". The climbing was good, well protected and no harder than 9/10-. This route is amazing. I concur Bill, very strange that 3 parties climbed it within a few days and 2 parties chose the same day.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Tonnere Tower : The Garden : Smooth Operator (5.11+)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Sep 30, 2009

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Comments: Bob/Ron, The 11+ rating on this must be a mistake. Not in anyone's wildest dreams would this route be 11+. I think 11- is a stretch even by Boulder Canyon standards. It is a decent route, but 10+ is a more honest rating. Consider other 11+'s in the Boulder area: Englishman's Home, La Boomerang, The Contest (I could list many others). Compared to these routes, this one is a walk in the park.


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : Airhead (5.11+)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Aug 10, 2009

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Comments: Although short and not a lot of climbing for such a long walk, this route is awesome. The crux pitch is one of the best pitches I have done in RMNP.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bowling Alley : Main Crag : Bloodstone (5.11)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Apr 7, 2009

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Comments: Although short, this climb packs a punch and the pro is difficult to place and at times uninspiring. I think it checks in at about 11c, and it is worth lugging a rack up for it.


Location: Colorado : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Quarry Wall : Silver Bullet (5.11+)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Feb 7, 2009

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Comments: The opening move protects very well with a yellow C3 Camalot. Great pitch and 12- for sure.


Location: Utah : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street South : Skinwalker (5.11)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Oct 16, 2008

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Comments: One of the best cracks in the Moab area.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Isn't Life Strange (5.11b/c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jun 2, 2008

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Comments: Thanks Bob D, Vaino and Greg. This route is awesome, one of the best at Animal World. 11c, maybe d, I will go with 11+. It still has a bit of lichen on the upper section but will clean up quickly.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Cujo Tranquilizer (5.12b)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 22, 2008

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Comments: A Boulder Canyon route that actually feels hard for the grade. I think the crux start is very difficult and hard for the onsight. Great climb, one of the best 12-s in B Canyon.


Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookend : Strawberry Short Cake (5.10c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 20, 2008

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Comments: Anyway you want to put it, this route is a sandbag. Compare it to any 10c in Eldo, Yosemite or wherever you want, and it is just plain harder. 11- in my opinion. And Jason, just so you know, Bob Rotert was putting up hard, bold trad lines and pushing the limits of climbing since probably before you were even born (or at least in diapers), so have a little respect.


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