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Location: California > Sierra Eastside > Mammoth Lakes Area > Rock Creek > Gong Show Wall
By: Nick_Cov When: Aug 24, 2017

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Comments: Parking- Do not park at the campground- and there are no spots on the side of the road. About 50 yards East of the campground there is a large dirt pullout on the Southern side with plenty of room for parking.

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

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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

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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 piton, ... more >>

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

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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 were plenty. Runners on al... more >>

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

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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

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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: The People of Mountain Proj... > calder davey > fun times > Photo
By: Nick_Cov When: Mar 31, 2016

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Comments: you suck!

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

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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

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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 > ... > Commitment (5.9)
By: Nick_Cov When: May 5, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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