REI Community

Member Since: Jun 19, 2012
Last Visit: 2 days ago
Contact Nick_Cov

Point Rank: # 8,655
Total Points: 30

1 Compliments
How do you get points?
Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3

Where has Nick_Cov been climbing?


All 409 | Routes | Areas | Photos 7 | Page Improvements | Comments 15 | Posts 36 | Stars 287 | Ratings 64
Page 1 of 17.  1  2  3  4  5   Next>   Last>>

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: Hardings Chimney P1

Hardings Chimney P1

California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Harding's Chimney (5.7 R)

Apr 30, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: Nick, Trisan and Alexa climbing Wholesome Fullback...

Nick, Trisan and Alexa climbing Wholesome Fullback (as seen from P2 of Triassic Sands)

Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Wholesome Fullback (5.10b)

Feb 16, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: Devin at the steep finish

Devin at the steep finish

California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Snatch (5.10a)

Jan 17, 2017

Rock Climbing Photo: In the squeeze

In the squeeze

California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Labyrinth (5.6)

Mar 26, 2015

Rock Climbing Photo: Following P5 traverse

Following P5 traverse

California : Yosemite National Park : ... : South Face (5.8 C1)

Oct 30, 2012

Rock Climbing Photo: Powder Day

Powder Day

The People of Mountain Proj... : Nick_Cov : Nick

Aug 6, 2012

Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at the snow field below SRA. Decided to...

Looking up at the snow field below SRA. Decided to forego the ice and utilize the alternate start to the left

California : High Sierra : ... : Sun Ribbon Arete (5.10a)

Jul 26, 2012

Contributed Comments


Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Phantom Spires : Upper Spire : Fear of Flying (5.9+)
By: Nick_Cov When: May 24, 2017

view comment >>
Comments: Fun route. I only placed one stopper, the rest protects with small cams. No need for anything larger than a #1 camalot. I placed a lot of .3 and .4 C4s. The only stopper I placed was right above the crux.

Fun stemming and movement throughout the entire route. I could see this being harder in the sun! I think 5.9 is fair, the entire route protects well and is sustained. It was a calf burner thats for sure.

Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face : Harding's Chimney (5.7 R)
By: Nick_Cov When: Apr 30, 2017

view comment >>
Comments: Fun and worth doing, I preferred it to Scheister. The run out section is very secure as long as you are comfortable in a chimney or squeeze. Gear: Doubles of C4s to #3. Leave anything bigger at home, there is nowhere to place a 4 or 5 in the run out chimney and it is not needed on the other pitches, it will only get in the way in the chimneys.

P1 5.6 easy blocky climbing up to a stance.

P2 5.8 (crux) Chimney up to 2 shitty pitons. You can back them up with a purple C4 above the higher p... more >>

Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : Intersection Rock : The Flake (5.8)
By: Nick_Cov When: Jan 7, 2017

view comment >>
Comments: This was a very fun route and worth doing- definitely a single pitch. the chimney was well protected with a .75 and a single #4, both placed in horizontal cracks about 10 feet apart. After the Chimney follow fun 5.7ish hand jams and lie backs until you get to the top of the flake. Clip the bottom bolt from a good stance and trust your feet and go. I would call the top section of this route the crux. Definitely worth doing this route. Doubles up to #2 C4s, 1 #3 and 1 #4 we... more >>

Location: Oregon : Central Oregon : Smith Rock : (a) Picnic Lunch Wall : Voyage of the Cowdog (5.8+)
By: Nick_Cov When: Oct 17, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Worth doing for the last pitch alone. Approach following the nice steps all the way up the gully to the black looking slab, the only bolted line in the area.

Link P1 and P2. Pitch 1 seemed mostly cleaned up but still some loose stuff. I only clipped 2 directional bolts on P2 to minimize rope drag.

P3 was fun exposed 5.8. We rappelled the route in 3 rappels with no problem. Rap from the top to the P2 Belay. Rappel from the P2 belay to the top of pitch 1. Be sure to carry both ends of the rope ... more >>

Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Lover's Leap : West Wall : April Fools (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: Sep 4, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Route worth doing for pitch 2 alone- and its nice to get away from the crowds.
P1. Obvious blocky line to the right of hospital corner. Zig zag left, pull a fun corner and traverse right under the roof leading to a nice ledge belay with small gear. Use slings on all gear.

P2. Fun move under a small roof into a fun hand crack leading to a long 5.9 strange splitter. Can be hard to place gear as the 2 sides of the cracks are somewhat offset from eachother so it would be easy for a cam to walk to d... more >>

Location: cdavey : fun times : Photo
By: Nick_Cov When: Mar 31, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: you suck!

Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Royal Arches : Super Slide (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: May 1, 2015

view comment >>
Comments: Linked 3 & 4 made for a fun long pitch. Thin hands up top were perfect for my girlfriend, not so much for me. We rapped the route with 1 70m.

Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Lover's Leap : East Wall : Scimitar (5.9 R)
By: Nick_Cov When: May 18, 2014

view comment >>
Comments: I was climbing Bear's Reach yesterday (5/17/14) and there was a party on Scimitar. We saw a girl following on P2 who accidentally pulled a HUGE block (~80 lbs). Thankfully everyone is okay and nobody was hurt. She looked about 20 feet above the belay so I think this may have been the loose block that everyone is talking about. I have not been on it since it was pulled so I cannot say for sure.

Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Five Open Books Area : ... : Commitment (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: May 5, 2014

view comment >>
Comments: Almost was killed by a party on the top. Fortunately I was still under the roof when a bowling ball tumbled by. Wear a helmet in these parts and use some common sense when you are on the top.

Location: Oregon : Central Oregon : Smith Rock : (s) Monkey Face : West Face Variation (5.8 C0)
By: Nick_Cov When: Jul 4, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Definitely take the left variation up to the dihedral crack- fun climbing through there, no more difficult than the p1 climbing. Take p2 all the way to the bolt ladder. Whole route protects easy with great views. Shade in the morning.

Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Highway 50 Corridor : Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face : Farley (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: Dec 9, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: I was warned that it is pumpy and physically demanding, but it really isn't. Good stances and slabby. I only brought one #3 and one #4, definitely not enough. Would have much rather had two #3s...

Location: California : High Sierra : 09 - Palisades and Surround... : Temple Crag : Sun Ribbon Arete (5.10a)
By: Nick_Cov When: Oct 20, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Don't skip the tyrolean, tons of fun. Definitely top out and try to get to the rap before dark. My headlamp broke in my pack so descending at night was terrible. We only brought 1 #3 but were wishing we had another for the 5.9 section on the crux pitch. Route finding is straightforward, look for cairns for the descent.

Location: California : Lake Tahoe : Truckee River Canyon : Big Chief : Center Wall : Witch Doctor (5.10c)
By: Nick_Cov When: Sep 3, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Stay away from the rock on the right. It's not needed for the sequence. One or two more hard pulls on that piece of rock and it will tear a huge chunk off the wall.

Location: Oregon : Central Oregon : Smith Rock : (m) Smith Rock Group : (6) Northwest Face : Wherever I May Roam (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: Jun 21, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: This route is well protected and super exposed. Definitely will get your heart racing even if you are a confident 5.10 leader. A must do at Smith. Started early and made made it to top of P3 by the time anyone else had showed up at the base. Might be able to link P4 and P5 with a 70M. We didn't have enough QD's to try it but it looks like it might go.

Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : DAFF Area : Daff Dome West Face : West Crack (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: Jun 19, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Fun roof. Don't need big cams on the 5.6 section. If you want pro you can stick cams in deep. First 5.9 move isn't too bad. Can rap to ground from top bolts with 2 ropes easily. P3 finger crack is fun and secure. 5.9 move has good feet and is well protected.

Contributed Forum Posts

Topic Title Forum Author Date
re: Spring '17 list of dry Yosemite climbs - Post em up!Northern CaliforniaNick_CovApr 17, 2017
re: Nose rackNorthern CaliforniaNick_CovApr 17, 2017
re: Yosemite bivy ledgesNorthern CaliforniaNick_CovApr 13, 2017
Page 1 of 17.  1  2  3  4  5   Next>   Last>>

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About