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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: The juicy meat of Tenderloin.

The juicy meat of Tenderloin.

Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Tenderloin (5.5)

May 15, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: Fat Man's Misery. Awkward to place gear, and fairl...

Fat Man's Misery. Awkward to place gear, and fairly dirty, but a fun & straightforward climb nonetheless.

Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Fat Man's Misery (5.5)

May 15, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: The final decision of the route. I went straight (...

The final decision of the route. I went straight (good but hard). I guess people usually go left? Both Ruckman's & Smith's guidebooks show the route going straight up to the shared anchor with Tenderl

Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Waltz, The (5.6)

May 15, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: Charlotte about to downclimb the crux section of t...

Charlotte about to downclimb the crux section of the approach to the base of Chrysler Crack. Seemed about 5.2ish. A fall would hurt but you won't bounce off the exposed ledge. There are two more easie

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Chrysler Crack (5.9)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: The entire pitch of Chrysler Crack. There is a nic...

The entire pitch of Chrysler Crack. There is a nice belay at the tree.

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Chrysler Crack (5.9)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Charlotte at the gear placement, reaching the seco...

Charlotte at the gear placement, reaching the second crux of the climb, transitioning from the wider chimney back into a deeper squeeze. The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Wallow (5.7)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Charlotte leading the crux of The Wallow (5.6-5.7)...

Charlotte leading the crux of The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Wallow (5.7)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: After the crux of The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

After the crux of The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Wallow (5.7)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Inside The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Inside The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Wallow (5.7)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

The Wallow (5.6-5.7).

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Wallow (5.7)

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Charlotte leading the Zoroaster chimney as one of ...

Charlotte leading the Zoroaster chimney as one of her first chimney leads. She is in the second chimney on the technical crux.

Jan 31, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Kor Roof on a windy day. Hard to tell which way is...

Kor Roof on a windy day. Hard to tell which way is up here! Basically into the photo, up about 45 degrees, rotated 30 degrees clockwise.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Mark P Thomas : Profile Pics

Apr 25, 2012

Rock Climbing Photo: Route Topo

Route Topo

California : Yosemite National Park : ... : The Buttocks (5.9)

Feb 29, 2012

Rock Climbing Photo: Loving the lead on Hand Jive (5.9). Little Cottonw...

Loving the lead on Hand Jive (5.9). Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The People of Mountain Proj... : Mark P Thomas : Profile Pics

Aug 5, 2011

Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Right Sawdust Crack (5.8) in J-Tree. Solid...

Leading Right Sawdust Crack (5.8) in J-Tree. Solid, meaty jams! (I know the rope got flipped. Don't worry, I fixed it right away :-) )

The People of Mountain Proj... : Mark P Thomas : Profile Pics

Dec 24, 2010

Contributed Comments

 

Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Burner Buttress : Burner (5.10) : Photo
By: Mark P Thomas When: Jun 9, 2017

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Comments: This photo is mirrored. Perhaps the wrong side of the negative was scanned?


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Burner Buttress : Burner (5.10)
By: Mark P Thomas When: Jun 9, 2017

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Comments: Although I had the benefit of a top rope to simplify things, it seemed to me like the main crux was not getting your knee stuck! Take care getting it out after sitting on it. This climb has no-hands rests galore. A bit of trickiness to change directions and jam around the 'don't do the lieback' flake, after which it eases up again.

I'm surprised this was rated 5.10d at one point. This was far and away much easier than Generator Crack... more >>


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Bouldering : 5 Mile Boulders : Big Mouth (V1+)
By: Mark P Thomas When: Jun 4, 2017

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Comments: If you climb it as an OW instead of a LB, I'd rate it proper 5.9 wide.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Mount Olympus : South Summit : Seriously where the f*** is... (5.10a)
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 31, 2017

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Comments: "if anyone had the bad judgement to bring a power drill all the way out to this remote area"

As this is in a Wilderness Area, that would be bad judgment indeed! Please abide by wilderness ethics and drill any bolts with a hand drill.


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Burner Buttress : Fire Starter (5.9+)
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 24, 2017

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Comments: You can scramble up the gully immediately to the right to set up a TR if you aren't ready to try this on lead. A little dirty but doable cl. 4-5 solo. Or that chimney just to the right looks like a fun 5.? warmup...

Also, I agree that if you know Leavittation, Burner is WAY easier than Firestarter... that or even though I got up it last time, I'm still doing it wrong ;-p


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Quail Springs Area : Trashcan Rock : Trashcan Rock - West Face : Baby-Point-Five (5.8 R)
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 19, 2017

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Comments: I started with a good lieback/undercling to the left of the direct face start shown in the beta photo. This feeds right into the upper face climbing and felt like 5.8.


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - West Face : Beginner's Two (5.5)
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 19, 2017

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Comments: Definitely harder and more serious than Beginner's One, but not as hard as 5.7 if you are solid on crack, slab, and wide at 5.4ish. Just be ready to not be able to place pro wherever you want.

At the first steep pod I placed gear high and then climbed the slab out left as that is the obvious line of least resistance (I can see the pod direct being 5.7). It seemed doable for the grade (5.2-3ish), but falling would not be good. Low angle enough that you might get more cheese-grated than hitti... more >>


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - North Face : ... : Photo
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 19, 2017

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Comments: Man that route is crowded! ;-)


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Potato Head : The Eyes Have It (5.7 PG13)
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 17, 2017

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Comments: This seems to be the same route as "Commitments Are for Me". Or how is this one in relation to that one? Do they only differ by the first 10' start?


Location: Utah : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : Gate Buttress : Five Fingers Area
By: Mark P Thomas When: May 15, 2017

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Comments: This area has two main approaches, the first is to the ledge beneath what I'd call the Left Side of Five Fingers Area. The second is to the Center-Right side of Five Fingers, ending at a big ledge beneath Fat Man's Misery (which I will call Fat Man's Ledge here), which has a large pine tree on the right side.

Left Side Approach
The belay ledge is reached via a straightforward cl. 3-4 scramble up the first part of Stone the Crows, just beyond CallItWhatYouPlease. It is the ste... more >>


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