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Michael Underwood is in the Partner Finder and is open to climbing with new people. Best times to climb: anytime; just give me a day.
Personal: Lives in Denver, CO, 32 years old, Male
Favorite Climbs: I love long climbs with exposure, particularly if they're well-protected.
Other Interests: Skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, mountain biking, kayaking, freediving, SCUBA. I love adventure and the outdoors!
Personal/Favorite web site: none specified
Likes to climb: Trad, Sport, TR, Gym climbs
Trad:  Leads 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Follows 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Sport:  Leads 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Follows 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Boulders:   V6 7A  
Ice:  Leads WI3  Follows WI5
More information:
A friend who was learning to climb once asked me to name the three most important things to remember about rock climbing. My advice to him is really an insight into my own mentality as a climber, so if you want a quick look at my credo, here it is:

1) Enjoy yourself. Climbing is always good, even when you don't climb as well or as gracefully as you'd like. The only thing that can detract from the joy of the climbing experience is your own attitude. It's easy to forget this when you're having an off-balance day, but you'll reach a state of flow when you truly understand that the best climber is the one having the best time.

2) Be tenacious when you're on a route. Sometimes you're tempted to let go or give up. Have a little faith and try anyway, even when you're tired, feel awkward about a move, or think something is out of reach. Sure you might fall off, but you might just surprise yourself. Temper this with good judgment: sometimes you need to let go and save your strength for another attempt - it's no fun to get pumped out and have to cut short your climbing day. But yield for physical reasons, not mental ones.

3) Be safe, and stay healthy. Obviously, the heights involved in climbing demand a certain respect: always remember to check knots, belays, rappels, and crash pad setups. Nothing puts a stop to your fun more quickly than an accident. Also, as your climbing muscles strengthen, the tendons and ligaments in your hands, arms, and shoulders will begin to take lots more load than they're really designed for. Be aware of this and make sure not to injure them - it's all too easy to do, and they don't heal quickly. As I said before, the goal is to keep having fun without getting interrupted.

Now you know me a little bit better! And if you love climbing as much as I do, I'd love to get to know you too. If you want a partner with a flexible schedule, tons of climbing gear, and lots of enthusiasm, you've found your teammate. Whether you're a veteran looking for a partner who can help you send your project or a complete newby trying to learn the ropes, just let me know, and we'll go climbing.

Photo Albums by Michael Underwood    
Out There
King Cat 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
  Feb 18, 2018 - Super fun. I need to lead this route next time I’m at IC.
Tom Cat 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
  Feb 18, 2018 - TRonsight.
Johnny Cat 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
  Feb 18, 2018 - Struggled with the final crux and had to pull past it.
Here Kitty Kitty 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
  Feb 18, 2018 - Had to lower down and back-clean some #3 cams. I wanted 6 or 7 total, plus maybe 4 #2’s.
Wunsch's Dihedral 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Yellow Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
The Naked Edge 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
The Scenic Cruise 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
True Grit 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Ain't So Eazy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Junkyard 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Cheap Seats 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nose Bleed Section 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
The Young and the Restless 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crotalus viridis (prairie rattlesnake, western rattlesnake, Great Plains rattlesnake). This is the species you'll find on the way up to the crag. It generally flees when threatened. The few of these I've seen in Clear Creek were all spotted at Sports Wall. The young may be particularly hard to spot, and they emerge during late summer and early fall.  Sir Nicholas, Order of the Stick Clip, Guardian of Campsite XVII.  Rest day at Rifle Gap State Park.  Resting on a jug just above the crux section.  If approaching King Me from the top Maiden Voyage's pitch 5, look to climber's left (past a huge boulder), and you should spot the formation highlighted in red. This large object lies just to the climber's left of King Me's pitch 2. 
Gneiss Roof (AKA: Nice Ride) 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Playin' Hooky 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Curvaceous 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Kautz Glacier WI2-3
Wind Ridge 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
City Slickers 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Fossil Family 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Burning Chrome 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  Suggests: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Graceland 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Eiger Direct 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Suggests: 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a

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