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Location: Arizona > Central Arizona > **Prescott Areas > Granite Mountain > Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Oct 15, 2017

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Comments: I found it after much searching for topos and approach beta online for GM. Initially MP didn't allow me to upload it since it's below 600dpi tall, so I took a screenshot and was then able to upload it to MP. Very helpful for first timers in locating areas and routes!


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 7 - Upper Highway > ... > Wynona's Big Brown Beaver (5.8+)
By: mikehilbert When: Sep 5, 2017

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Comments: Although it's on easier climbing, the 5.8 leader would appreciate a sling to tie off a chicken head on the runout section between bolts 3 and 4 on the chicken head wall after the "beaver."


Location: Washington > Olympics & Pacific Coast > Elwha River
By: mikehilbert When: Jul 5, 2017

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Comments: FYI, this place is seriously sandbagged - either because of age of climbs, broken/worn away holds or both. Also, it doesn't help that there is a layer of friction reducing sand/dust on everything. Even the easiest of climbs here felt like 5.10s. If you're looking for seriously stout climbs, give it a go, otherwise, head to Tyler Peak crags for an easier outing.


Location: Washington > Olympics & Pacific Coast > Elwha River > The Elwhall
By: mikehilbert When: Jun 11, 2017

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Comments: Regarding approach, take the path back toward the river until you come to the power line clearing, turn left here to go downhill. The path begins again on your right near where the clearing begins to fill in with brush and become impassable. Follow this trail until it shoots you out of the woods near the river. Proceed to your left (downriver) on a non-distinct path, leading along the woodline and eventually back into the woods. The wall is about 3 minutes into the woods from there.

Aside: Thi... more >>


Location: Asia > Thailand > South - Islands & Beaches > Laem Phra Nang (Railay & To... > Tonsai Bay > ... > Up in Smoke (5.10b)
By: mikehilbert When: Mar 21, 2017

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Comments: This route had been listed on Mountain Project as "Bob's Route", but it is listed in the most recent guidebook as "Up in Smoke". The name change has been applied here on MP accordingly.


Location: Asia > Thailand > South - Islands & Beaches > Laem Phra Nang (Railay & To... > Tonsai Bay > ... > Fire Show (5.11c/d)
By: mikehilbert When: Mar 21, 2017

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Comments: The 5.10 route to the left is called Up in Smoke according to the most recent guidebook.

Also, the guidebook mentions that one can traverse in from the 5.10 to the left to avoid the burly start, but beware of rope drag as it's a bit of a stretch.


Location: Asia > Thailand > South - Islands & Beaches > Laem Phra Nang (Railay & To...
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 28, 2016

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Comments: Here's my trip report from my second trip here in as many years. Hit me up if you want any additional beta on the cheapest places to stay, rent gear, and eat here. Enjoy the read...

ouradventureyear.wordpress.com...


Location: Asia > Thailand > South - Islands & Beaches > Laem Phra Nang (Railay & To... > Railay West > ... > Ling Rong Hei (Monkey Cryin... (5.10c)
By: mikehilbert When: Sep 1, 2016

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Comments: Best of the 5.10 climbs at Wee's Present, in my opinion. Name appropriate, as monkeys were jumping from tree to tree all around me as I was climbing this. Pretty surreal. Crux for me was definitely stepping out right small feet and crimps after the pumpy juggy tufa 1st half


Location: Asia > Thailand > South - Islands & Beaches > Laem Phra Nang (Railay & To... > Phra Nang Beach > ... > The Best Route In Minnesota (5.11a)
By: mikehilbert When: Aug 30, 2016

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Comments: Given it's four star rating, it's not surprising that this route gets a lot of action. I loved the view and the exposure. What I wasn't so much a fan of was the polishing of every single hold. Maybe this is a function of the volume on the route, maybe it's a natural thing, maybe it has something to do with climbing it in the rainy season, but there seems to be a thick film of slime on all the holds, particularly those up high, making this more difficult than it otherwise needed t... more >>


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Baboquivari Peak > West Face/ Southwest Arete > Forbes Route (West Approach... (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: May 9, 2016

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Comments: Don't bother bringing trad gear up for this. For one, the climbing is 5.easy. Second, there's absolutely no place for pro whatsoever...and if you could jam a micro in somewhere, the rock is not stable enough to hold a fall. 4 quickdraws is all you will need, any more would be a waste to haul up 4500 ft.

The down climb on the unroped section of the great ramp and above the roped climbing section are definitely the technical crux of the route. The actual crux is finding your way and hauling the ... more >>


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 1 - Lower Highway > ... > Lazy S (5.10-)
By: mikehilbert When: May 1, 2016

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Comments: If you're looking for a wildly contrived and unsustained line up complete choss with poor bolt placement, this may be the climb for you. Oh, and there are bees everywhere and the approach sucks. Quite possibly the worst climb I've ever seen.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Cochise Stronghold > West Stronghold > Isle of You > ... > Baby Jr. Gets Spanked (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: Apr 25, 2016

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Comments: With all due respect to Daryll Allen, I feel compelled to disagree with his comment on this being an ideal 1st lead. This climb isn't incredibly difficult, but it seemed a bit sandbagged to me at 5.6 (felt more like a 5.7) and there are a number of cruxes going up headwalls/bulges with significant ledge fall potential below each crux. Finally, the runout to the first bolt (although on easy ground if the leader chooses to not do the 5.8 direct start up slab) would spook me if I were a new leader.... more >>


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Cochise Stronghold > East Stronghold > Rockfellow Group > ... > Inner Passage (5.6)
By: mikehilbert When: Apr 18, 2016

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Comments: The beginning of this route is found on the NORTH end of the Rockfellow formation.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 2 - Bear Canyon > ... > The Reuben Hair Shift (5.9-)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 14, 2015

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Comments: I concur with the above comments. This climb seems more like a solid 5.9 compared to other 5.8s on Mt Lemmon.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 1 - Lower Highway > ... > Pindering to the Masses (5.8-)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 6, 2015

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Comments: There's a gear variation to this line about 5 feet to the left of the bolt line up the obvious crack to the fourth bolt. This goes at about 5.7, making this variation of the climb entirely 5.7, as the start of the bolted line is its 5.8 crux. The gear variation takes small to medium cams and a stopper.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > South Cluster > ... > Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 4, 2015

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Comments: point noted. will draw lines on future routes instead of move by move beta


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > South Cluster > Welcome to Silverbell (V0)
By: mikehilbert When: Dec 3, 2015

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Comments: A slightly separate line goes just to the left of this one and is also VO, featuring a long L hand throw to a huge jug on top.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > Lower Boulders
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 30, 2015

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Comments: As of 12/2015, the unsorted routes are on the nearby boulders called, according to the Old Pueblo Bouldering site, "The Guy" and "The Gal", which are about 30 and 60 feet respectively north east (to your right as you're facing the main roadside boulder) from the main roadside boulder.

oldpueblobouldering.com/


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 1 - Lower Highway > Hidden Jewels
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 30, 2015

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Comments: How do you get to the south set of cliffs? I saw no rap station to lower down from above and the hike in to the northern set of cliffs (with the bolted 5.7s and 5.10) is already about 25 minutes.

APPROACH BETA: not sure if this is the fastest way to either set of cliffs (north or south) but I went up the Soldier Trail to where it levels off (as described here) and then went left via bushwhack into the saddle between a small hill (to the south) and a craggy hill (to the north) and went left (we... more >>


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > Lower Boulders > ... > Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: All three lines go at about 5.4 YDS


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > Lower Boulders > Traverse Left (V0-1)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: It's V1 if you start at the large dish to the left of the right end of the boulder. If you start at the far right end, it's considerable more difficult (V?). I topped out using the west face arete.


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 1 - Lower Highway > ... > Sun Baked (No Longer Exists... (5.10c)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 22, 2015

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Comments: THIS CLIMB IS GONE! The tower crumbled to the ground as per the attached pic...bolts are gone and anchors are obviously gone
Rock Climbing Photo: top of sun baked tower has fallen off at the roof....
top of sun baked tower has fallen off at the roof.



Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > South Cluster > Ball Buster (V1)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 15, 2015

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Comments: Different name, different rating (VO), same climb...

oldpueblobouldering.com/Pages/...


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Tucson Area Bouldering > Silverbell Boulders > Lower Boulders > ... > Photo
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 1, 2015

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Comments: at least that's how I did it


Location: Arizona > Southern Arizona > Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... > Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... > 2 - Bear Canyon > ... > Paradox Lost (5.8+)
By: mikehilbert When: Nov 1, 2015

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Comments: Felt this climb was accurate to the grade until the crux final bolt, which to me felt like at least 9+


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