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Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - S Buttress > Pseudo Sidetrack, Direct Fi... (5.6 PG13)
By: mtoensing When: Apr 4, 2013

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Comments: I OSS this and have repeated it since. I don't find it harder than anything else on the route. Makes for a great finish.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - Tower Two > ... > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Mar 10, 2013

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Comments: Is it just me or does it look like the guy below you has his rope running over a sharp edge? Yikes! His anchor looks interesting too, but who am I to judge. Awesome photo!

Location: California > San Jacinto Mountains > Idyllwild County Park > Hillside Trail > Boulder with a View, The
By: mtoensing When: Feb 27, 2013

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Comments: My friends and I had a name for this boulder. Forget what we called it but this one is a lot of fun and its a good warmup if you coming from that side of the park.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > South > The Maiden
By: mtoensing When: Feb 9, 2013

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Comments: So what's the beta on hueco wall? Does it go in 2 or 3 pitches? What are the anchors like and how many bolts are there?

I can't wait to try it! Looks amazing!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part C - Pony ... > ... > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Jan 20, 2013

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Comments: Cool beta, Kevin! My buddy and I have tried this route a few times, but this is different beta than either of us used. I guess there are so many options for different moves on this climb. I was tall enough to reach both aretes until the steepest part below the 2nd bolt. I heel hooked my left foot around the arete and made a huge move to the rail with my left hand. Then it gets real steep and you have no feet to clip. My buddy used right hand arete the entire time and a series of crimps that I ca... more >>

Location: California > Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks > Suicide Rock > (j) Paisano Pinnacle > Paisano Overhang (5.12c R) > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Dec 29, 2012

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Comments: No gear! Inspiring!

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > Buildering
By: mtoensing When: Jun 3, 2012

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Comments: There are some other good buildering opportunities in town. One of my favorites was the waterfall on the backside of the Napa auto center. When the conditions are right, the building provides a fat flow of ice for about 15-20 feet. It's not too bad because of a shed behind that you can stem out to if you don't have crampons. I also saw some huge flows on campus one year, but maintenance knocked them down before I got psyched to climb them.

The water towers behind campus are suck to climb, but ... more >>

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > Buildering > Practice Hand Crack (V3)
By: mtoensing When: May 24, 2012

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Comments: I climbed this a few times during my stay in Gunnison. Usually I was black out hammered on my way home from the local watering hole. The top out is a little scary but not too bad. Reminds me of the top out on the Walrus in Boulder, but the Walrus is like 2 stories higher.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - Tower Two > Bolting for Glory (5.10a)
By: mtoensing When: May 1, 2012

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Comments: This route consists of 4 SMC bolts. I think that the hardware could be upgraded and should be upgraded.

Location: Colorado > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Apr 19, 2012

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Comments: Kyle is a badass!!!!

Location: Europe > United Kingdom > Scotland > North East > Pass of Ballater > ... > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Feb 17, 2012

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Comments: Ya that is a forged friend. Super Sketch! That guy is either really confident and has balls of steel or maybe he is clueless. Great to see a picture of someone committed over a forged friend in a horizontal haha.

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > Taylor Canyon > Coffin Crack Crag > Coffin Crack (5.11-)
By: mtoensing When: Jan 24, 2012

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Comments: Has anyone gotten on this climb recently? Last time I climbed it (Sept. of '10 I think) we pulled a rock out of the crack above the roof when pulling the rope. Of course we didn't have helmets on, and the softball-size rock landed right next to us. Anyways, we speculated that this route may be a little harder, because it is wider above the roof. Can't wait to climb in Taylor again!

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > Black Canyon of the Gunniso... > Curecanti National Recreati... > Curecanti Needle > Northeast Ledges (5.8+)
By: mtoensing When: Dec 25, 2011

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Comments: A splendid adventure to attempt in the winter as well. Just don't drop your video camera down the approach gully, haha. Much love, brothas!!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > Central > Der Zerkle
By: mtoensing When: Dec 17, 2011

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Comments: I missed out on voicing my opinion by voting, so I will have to share my opinion here. I don't think that a new bolt should be added to Touch Monkey. The first bolt is fine where it is. The lower section is not 5.10 as described on the FCC website. There is gear potential on the lower section if necessary, but a competent 5.11 sport climber is not going (or should not at least) to fall getting to the first bolt.

Just my $0.02, but this would be a useless bolt on an otherwise already perfectly ... more >>

Location: Colorado > Lyons > The Lion's Den
By: mtoensing When: Nov 27, 2011

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Comments: To get here, I followed a set of directions on this website and another website. The initial trail had one section that was tricky to navigate, but there is a good trail and cairns still present on the trail. I ended up passing the area and was told by horseback riders (fortunately) that I had passed it. I never encountered a yellow Forest Service sign. Once you find the area, it is really easy to find your way around and explore. Was decently warm for a sunny winter day also.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part E - top t... > Muscular Dystrophy (5.11a)
By: mtoensing When: Nov 13, 2011

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Comments: I'm surprised that this climb doesn't get more stars. All of the rock is really good. It is short though. The crux was really straightforward for me, not awkward at all. I climbed the upper crack straight in with both feet in the crack. Anchor up top is in good shape.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Cadillac Crag > Land of Ra (5.11a)
By: mtoensing When: Oct 11, 2011

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Comments: This is a great, sustained route! However, the crux is one move max, and I don't think that it is a 5.11a move. I may be biased though because I am taller, but the move was over before you knew it. That being said, the route doesn't let up at any point. Be on your game for this one because you really have to go for it and navigating wasn't easy. The seam up top takes some wire (I slotted a #9 and was PSYCHED) and microcams. Control yourself in the beginning so you don't have rope drag with will ... more >>

Location: Colorado > Grand Junction Area > Colorado National Monument > Sentinel Spire > Medicine Man (5.12a)
By: mtoensing When: Sep 20, 2011

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Comments: Just to add some beta, there are 2 bolts on the second pitch to avoid placing gear in the death block. We belayed on two drilled pins after the chimney/death block at a hanging stance, but the pins are in great shape. I recommend 5-6 #0.75 cams for this second pitch. The last pitch is a little sandy and takes a lot of hand-size pieces.

Great tower and the jug out is recommended but a hell of a work out after climbing the tower.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Bell Buttress Massif > Bell Buttress - Main Crag > Hound Dog (5.11a)
By: mtoensing When: Sep 15, 2011

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Comments: They should have named this route something to do with the fact that if you fall at the start, you are going to be violated mercilessly by the tree. It would be a very unpleasant experience, but the climbing is pretty easy at the start.

Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Piz Badille > ... > The Ridge (5.8)
By: mtoensing When: Sep 14, 2011

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Comments: Did this a few years ago. All I can remember is some loose holds. Fun outing, though.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Cob Rock > Photo
By: mtoensing When: Sep 6, 2011

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Comments: Holy Cow! That looks like a great big mess. Glad everything ended up alright.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Black Widow Slab > Wired (5.10a PG13)
By: mtoensing When: Jul 24, 2011

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Comments: I climbed this route today, and it wasn't much fun. The climbing is very very dirty. We continued 3 pitches to the top of the Black Widow Slab and walked off in between Sleeping Beauty and Black Widow. The climbing is easy on the first pitch, but the gear does suck pretty bad and the moss is plentiful. Barely 1 star, more like 0.5 stars.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Vampire Rock > Le Stat (5.12a)
By: mtoensing When: Jul 17, 2011

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Comments: Haha, I agree with Aaron's 5.11++ rating. It makes things more interesting.

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > Spring Creek > Spring Creek Tower > Mountaineer's Route (5.8)
By: mtoensing When: Jul 11, 2011

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Comments: New rap cord and rap rings.

Location: Colorado > Gunnison > God's Crag
By: mtoensing When: Jul 9, 2011

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Comments: Don't forget your helmet!

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