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Location: Wyoming : Lander Area : Wild Iris : Zorro Area : Gaucho (5.10d)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: Great route. When I was here, it appeared that someone had drawn huge arrows pointing to obvious holds using blue, pink, and green sidewalk chalk. Come on folks...

Location: Wyoming : Lander Area : Wild Iris : Zorro Area : Unknown (5.11c)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: The 2015 guidebook calls this Esmeralda, 5.11b. Pretty fun crux moves.

Location: Colorado : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : The Checkerboard Wall : Checkerboard Wall (5.10)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: As stated above (which I unfortunately glossed over), don't start on the upper of the two ramps - the one you have to do a few easy class 5 moves to get to. I stupidly climbed up and down about 30' of this ramp, giving myself quite the scare. The climbing is easy, but the rock quality is abysmal.

I only led the first three pitches, but the 3rd one caught me off guard a bit. The climbing is reasonable, but the placements can be tricky. I kind of wished I brought offsets in a few spots. Not a big... more >>

Location: Colorado : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Tail : Drumstick Direct (5.10c/d)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Sep 22, 2013

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Comments: Indeed, an insane amount of bird shit. Like sticking your mitts in crunchy peanut butter. I know I would love this climb if it were clean.

Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Mt. Meeker : The Flying Buttress (5.10a)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Jun 30, 2013

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Comments: The p2 10a variation gets little mention, but I thought it was worthwhile. The initial 10a bit is short, and climbing on the prow after is cruiser and fun, but the subsequent section on the west face is the most noteworthy IMO. Route finding can be tricky, since the holds and cracks are hard to see, but there are a lot of options. I took a path consistently up and right to a notch on the ledge, using mostly face moves with the occasional jam. It felt consistent with the 10a rating, mostly due to... more >>

Location: Colorado : Fort Collins : Poudre Canyon : Greyrock : The South Slabs : Jazzman (a.k.a. Turdland) (5.10a)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Apr 29, 2012

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Comments: Six bolts still remain on this route, which matches the guidebook description. If you wish to secure the (easier) portion of the route after the bolts dry up then bring a small cam or medium stopper or two.

Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Rincon : Rincon - Center Route & R : Center Route (5.11a/b)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Apr 27, 2009

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Comments: Just thought I'd add that, after the initial moves, P2 is 5.8-ish and protects very well

Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Rosy Crucifixion (5.10a/b PG13)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Sep 28, 2008

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Comments: Followed entire route. Leader linked first two pitches and belayed from top of P2, putting long slings on pro near the first anchor. Felt comfortable to be belayed this way. As others have said, since I was fortunate enough to be able to focus just on the climbing and not on my nerves, P1 felt like 10a.

Location: Colorado : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Dungeon : Norman Rockshoes (5.9+)
By: Neil Wachowski When: Sep 1, 2008

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Comments: Perhaps this route just doesn't play to my strengths, but I had a harder time with the crux on this than The Rack. I finally got it when I found the finger pocket, but it definitely didn't come easily. Maybe I'm missing something.

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