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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at third spire of Gregory Canyon Ampith...

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Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fo : Quadratic Equation (5.6)
By: Mikelsons When: Nov 7, 2010

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Comments: Climbed this today, and it was easily done in two pitches using a 60m. Pitch one started at the left edge of the base, on the right side of a gully with good pro. After about 30 feet, I stepped left to follow the pro, and climbed straight up through a lieback crux. After that, I found a belay just below the ridge. The second pitch climbed the top of the ridge, which was surprisingly well-protected to the chasm. Negotiating the chasm was easy but interesting. From there, I stayed left in a ... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Angel's Wings aka Devil's W... : North Wing Center (5.3)
By: Mikelsons When: Jul 31, 2010

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Comments: Rather than hike back down from the the top of the climb, we scrambled West/Northwest to the ridge-top where we joined the trail to Bear Peak. This allowed us to make an aesthetic circuit of the Keel, North Devil's Wing, and Bear Peak. We hiked out on the Fern Canyon trail.

Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Mount Toll : North Ridge (5.6 R)
By: Mikelsons When: Jul 26, 2010

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Comments: Climbed on July 24, and had perfect weather. I brought my rock shoes, which made it more fun. The route finding was guesswork on my part, but I kept it around 5.7. The topout on the big ledge (looks like a step in the mountain's profile on the approach) was sketchy. I lead a 10' hand crack and found myself face to face with a big pile of loose talus when I pulled over the top. Once my partner was up, I was able to look down the other viable routes to the ledge and every one is surrounded by... more >>

Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Colorado National Monument : Monument Canyon : Luhr's Route aka Right Dihe... (5.8)
By: Mikelsons When: Oct 28, 2009

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Comments: The crux is climbing past the two bolts at the start. It's balancy slab climbing, but not too hard. The dihedral is a blast. There's lot's of variety and several options for climbing. I cleaned it and climbed it with stemming and jamming while facing left. My friend Wayne on his third day of climbing ever top-roped it. He faced right, into the crack, and jammed it.

Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Colorado National Monument : Monument Canyon : Left Dihedral aka Dihedral ... (5.9)
By: Mikelsons When: Oct 28, 2009

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Comments: This is a beautiful line and it must be climbed. I lead it and it's solid 5.7. There's not much variety in the moves - just layback the whole thing. There are at least two good rests. If you're in this area, climb this one!

Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : North Face/Ridge : Cable Route (5.4)
By: Mikelsons When: Oct 19, 2009

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Comments: Climbed this as my first climb up Long's yesterday. There was snow and thin ice on much of the route. All the bolts that remain were visible (there are four, I think). Altitude, the approach, and the slick rocks made it feel harder than 5.4.

After the fourth bolt and the cairn we continued straight up, off-route. That was easier than the lower part but still low fifth class. Is there a name for this route, besides mistake?

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Fifth Flatiron : Northeast Face (5.6 R)
By: Mikelsons When: Aug 23, 2009

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Comments: I climbed this one yesterday, and it's a really fun Flatirons adventure. The approach is a little confusing once you leave the Royal Arch Trail, but it's short. At the base of the climb, I was slightly worried that I wasn't on the Fifth. The start doesn't have a clearing, only a narrow path along the edge of the rock.

Using a 60m, we did the climb in four long pitches and one short one at the top. The first pitch had abundant lichen and some friable rock. There is little pro. That said, t... more >>

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Cob Rock : Huston Crack (5.9)
By: Mikelsons When: Aug 3, 2009

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Comments: I found the knee jams on this one to allow for some rest breaks. I walked a #4 Camalot up about 20 feet through the middle section of the crack. I found it rather strenuous and around the crux I tested a 3" cam by weighting it from a few feet above. Lieback the crux. After resting a moment, I tried this and cruised to the belay. This climb made a fun step up from 5.7 for me. Hard, but not unreadable, and in the solution there is great satisfaction.

Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags : Sharksfin : Yellow Butterfly (5.9+)
By: Mikelsons When: Aug 30, 2008

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Comments: This is fun. Watch out for those loose hold though. There's a pretty big one right below the anchor.

Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags : Sharksfin : Loan Shark (5.7)
By: Mikelsons When: Aug 30, 2008

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Comments: I climbed through the dihedral on the SE corner. It was 5.8. At its top I moved left onto the face. The pin is still there, and there are a few place to places protection below it. Above the pin the climbing is runout. There are two rap anchors one consists of two rusty pins and the other a tangled mess of webbing. We added a new piece of webbing to the tangle and rapped to the East. A single 60m easily reached the ground.

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Der Zerkle : East Face Left Side (5.6)
By: Mikelsons When: Oct 6, 2007

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Comments: The second pitch, which climbs through the hole is fun and interesting. One suggestion would be to set the belay anchor for the second pitch as close to the bottom of the chimney as possible. My belayer was across the gully from the chimney and this added a terrible amount of rope drag. I set up the second belay much sooner than I would have liked. We finished on the right (North) spire and then down climbed to the notch. From there we scrambled Northwest to the ground (5.0).