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Member Since: Sep 30, 2012
Last Visit: Jan 7, 2018
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Point Rank: # 15,059
Total Points: 20

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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Approach Trails = 4
Page Improvements = 3

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Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Poudre Canyon > The Narrows > Eden Area > ... > East of Eden (5.9)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Nov 4, 2017

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Comments: I recommend placing a #3 cam on the right face about halfway up, in a 3-4 foot long vertical fist crack section. It will pull the rope out of the corner enough to prevent it from getting stuck in a constriction but won't cause rope drag.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > The Bihedral Area > The Riviera > Le Nouveau Riche (5.10b/c PG13)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Oct 24, 2017

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Comments: Climbed this today. Very fun climb! However, I only saw one bolt (at the crux), plus two at the anchors. The climb was perfectly safe using gear IMO but is a trad climb, not a sport climb.

Location: New Mexico > Taos Area > John Dunn Bridge Area > John's Wall > Bulges (5.10)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Aug 7, 2016

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Comments: This climb is excellent. Good, safe gear, great positioning, really fun movement and features at the top!

Location: Wyoming > Lander Area > Wild Iris > The Main Wall > Five Ten Wall > Sacajawea (5.10c R)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Jul 4, 2016

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Comments: Average 5.10 climbing above the first bolt. To make it more fun, I recommend pre-clipping the first bolt and starting off the ground. V3/V4 up to the big pockets if you don't step off the block!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The Bastille > The Bastille - W Face > Sunset Boulevard (5.11b)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Jun 6, 2016

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Comments: No beta: I think that before the crux is 9+ and after the crux is something between 5.9 and 10a depending on your stamina. Before the first bolt, the pin backs up with a perfect nut (extend w/ sling), and a tiny cam a few feet up (also extend) will prevent a whip if you somehow blew the first bolt.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The Bastille > The Bastille - W Face > West Side aka West Chimney (5.7)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Nov 1, 2015

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Comments: Had a surprisingly really fun time on this climb. The 5.6 rotten traverse was exciting with a mediocre cam 20' below, but if you are patient and seek out good rock, it is (kind of) there. I thought it was exciting.

Otherwise, the fat crack was fun, and the 5.8 corner w/ perfect hand jams and a sweet move around the corner was great. Recommend doing if you can overcome the scary rock on the first pitch.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Elephant Buttresses > Third Buttress > Mojo Rising (5.9)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Jun 18, 2015

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Comments: Too greasy and disjointed for 3 stars but worth an after work climb for the two very fun and distinct crux sections.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - S Buttress > C'est La Vie (5.11)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Apr 8, 2015

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Comments: P1 protects safely with minimal gear: two quickdraws (bolts), two small nuts (offset is best), and cams 0.5, 1, 2.

P1 is mostly 5.8 climbing except for the first 15 feet and the 15 feet between the small corner to the undercling/flake start.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Peanuts Walls > Lower Peanuts > Trouble And Strife (5.10b/c)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Oct 7, 2014

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Comments: I would recommend pre-clipping an extendable draw onto a 0.75 cam for the traverse. Fiddling around trying to hook the cam sling deep in that crack is hard. Save some trouble and have it clipped, ready to extend.

Location: Colorado > Golden > Golden Gate Canyon SP > Dude's Throne > Mighty Aphrodite (5.10)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: May 24, 2014

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Comments: Pulling directly over the roof and not escaping to the right felt harder than 5.10. It involved an awkward lieback and a tough wide pinch to pull over. More satisfying than taking the easy way out to the right.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The Bastille > The Bastille - W Face > Breakfast in Bed (5.8)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: May 4, 2014

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Comments: Highly recommend for a new 5.8 leader or one with only a couple 5.8s under the belt.

If you feel OK with holding giant jugs, leaning back slightly, and placing easy-to identify cams and a couple nuts, then do this climb. There is very little groundfall potential as long as you know how to stick cams in a basic crack or nuts in a clear v-slot, which any 5.8 leader should be able to do.

Bomber pro, great position. Do it! Watch out for loose rock at the belay, fist-sized pieces could easily make... more >>

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part B - Long ... > Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: May 2, 2014

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Comments: The best part of this climb is the epic, epic belay station at the very top. I can't believe nobody has mentioned the little notch at the summit with a sweeping view of Redgarden/Boulder on one side and the west side of Eldorado Canyon on the other. Plus, you get to sling natural pro in weird rock and sit back and chill. Also, should you find yourself rappelling in the dark, the free-hanging second rappel into pitch blackness is insane. It makes you feel like Batman. Do this climb.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Boulder Canyon > The Sport Park > The Clock Tower > ... > Chicken Delight (5.10b)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Apr 19, 2014

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Comments: Fun but short. If it were twice as long with half as many bolts, I would give it three stars.

Location: Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > Windy Peak > South Face > Jubilant Song (5.8)
By: Nathaniel Dray When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: Great climb!!!! The roof traverse is absolute gold. I led the second pitch, stemming in the corner. Pro is great but it is a whopper of a 5.7 if you do not have good stemming technique. For the novice leader be prepared to feel the burn. I found it best to climb fast and run it out rather than waste energy placing a lot of gear. the rest of the pitches were really fun. definitely worth the long hike in. If this was closer to Red Rock park it would be constantly mobbed.

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