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Photo Caption Location Date
Rock Climbing Photo: one hot guy

one hot guy

The People of Mountain Proj... : Patrick Vernon : me

Jan 11, 2007

Rock Climbing Photo: Pat Vernon, climbing BAREFOOT! What a hardman....

Pat Vernon, climbing BAREFOOT! What a hardman....

Colorado : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Northcutt Start (5.10d)

Jan 1, 2001

Contributed Comments

 

Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Friendship Boulders : Overbite Boulder : Chevy Express (V7 R)
By: Patrick Vernon When: 4 days ago

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Comments: The problem shown here is probably v3 and not R rated.


Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Friendship Boulders : Smuggler's Cove : Drunken Sailor (V3)
By: Patrick Vernon When: 4 days ago

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Comments: We always called this one Shit Fire, good problem and v3 feels about right. Smugglers cove is on the other side of Y property about a mile away near the zipline.


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Ariana (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 19, 2017

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Comments: If you are a wimp like me and like to sew things up, I would recommend triples to #1 Camalot size for the .11c pitch. This pitch eats finger and hand-size pieces, plenty of good placements but very easy to run out of gear.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Jules Verne (5.11b R)
By: Patrick Vernon When: May 25, 2017

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Comments: Thought the runout on this was pretty exciting. The fall is decent size and not particularly clean. The climbing is balancy, definitely a pitch you want to be ready for. The rotten band felt like 5.8+ X, gear is pretty sparse there. The money pitch is one of the best pitches in Eldo just purely in terms of the quality of climbing. Excellent, tricky, dihedral climbing to an utterly amazing section of face climbing made even more classic by history, mystique, and the river rushing below you.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon
By: Patrick Vernon When: May 11, 2017

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Comments: Mike,

Date With Death is fairly obvious from the base of Bush Shark Spire. Look down canyon about a quarter mile to a shaded attractive shear panel of rock with a thin looking crack splitting it. The route has at least two repeats since Cody's ascent. My partner was able to set a toprope by soloing in from the left to above the climb and rapping down to the anchors above the climb. It sounded super sketchy. Another option would be to aid it and set a top rope. The most dangerous part ... more >>


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Rincon : Rincon - L of Center Route : Aerial Book (5.11a PG13)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Dec 24, 2016

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Comments: I think this pitch definitely deserves a PG-13 rating. This is far from sewn up through the crux. It is committing and insecure climbing above small gear. Even when you get the jug on the left in the dihedral, there is another 10 feet of .10a with slick feet and no pro. Probably low probability for injury in a fall off the stemming crux, but this is no clip up! I only had one #3 RP and had to punch it above a so so #2. Classic Eldo climbing, one of the nicest .11a pitches in the cany... more >>


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Yellow Wall (5.11b R)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Aug 17, 2016

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Comments: I submitted the 5.10 version of Yellow Wall back in early 2000 to the database when MP had about 10 users and we had no idea what the site would become. I got a lot of flack later when the website became more popular for not including the A4 traverse and the description was updated as it should have been. I finally got out yesterday and did the direct 5.11 start and A4 traverse pitch both for the first time.

The 5.11 start isn't too bad, two distinct cruxes down low and abou... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : The Enchanted Tower : North (Left) Face : Rumplestiltskin (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Apr 7, 2016

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Comments: Tried to rest by sitting on the midway ledge like my partner and wound up wasting more energy than it was worth. Super fun route!


Location: New Mexico : Enchanted Tower : The Enchanted Tower : West (Center) Face : Zee Wicked Witch (5.12c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Apr 7, 2016

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Comments: You can jam your head in the hole at the midway anchors and take weight off your arms. Never done that before, 5 stars for sure!


Location: New Mexico : Socorro Area : The Box Climbing Areas : Northern Box areas : Filet de Papillon Wall (aka... : Sinister Dane (5.13b)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 18, 2016

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Comments:


Some choppy video of a recent send.


Location: Utah : Moab Area : Castle Valley : Castleton Tower : North Face (5.11-)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Oct 25, 2015

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Comments: Did this the other day with 3 #3 camalots. It was a little scary and I wound up having to do alot of jostling and sliding but it worked out. You can occasionally place a 2 along the way and I left a 4 lower on the pitch. If I did it again I would bring 4 #3's, 3 #2's and the four. Excellent route. To reiterate the last post, there are no issues rapping this route with a 70. Do a shorter first rappel of 50 feet to climbers left from the anchor on top that looks like it was... more >>


Location: Nevada : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : The Texas Wall / West Velve... : Texas Hold 'Em (5.11c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Oct 25, 2015

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Comments: Incredible route, one of the best I have ever done. The climbing is varied and excellent. The first four pitches go pretty quickly. For the first pitch I wandered up ledgy terrain left of the mentioned dihedral and right of the bushes eventually meeting a beefy bolt on some 5.8 terrain. The rest of the pitches were pretty straight forward route finding wise.

The 9th pitch felt hard for the grade, even harder than the North Face on Castleton which I did several days prior. This is probably... more >>


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Sentinel Rock : Steck-Salathe (5.10-)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 16, 2015

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Comments: Amazing adventure route. Strategy wise we hiked up the day before to stash gear and find the start. I felt this was a good call as the start is not obvious. The route ascends the right side of the large pillar, not the left as we initially thought. The first pitch is wide and has a slung chockstone you can see from the base ledge. From here, with the supertopo topo, we didn't have any other route finding issues even on the descent.

This route is time consuming with many memorable pitches. ... more >>


Location: California : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 30 - The Rostrum : The North Face (5.11c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 16, 2015

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Comments: What an amazing route! The crux on this route, while hard, almost feels like on of the least strenuous pitches. The .10d dihedral is where the all day pump starts to set in. The start to the sixth pitch ofwidth was hard and a litte heady. Traverse a little lower than you think. The offwidth was fine with one #5 c4 and one #4 c4. I am pretty bad at offwidths and found this safe enough to slide the 5 up, even take on it once in a while. Cant wait to get back to this route. Every... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon : Wizard of Air (5.12a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: Excellent route, feels like adventure sport climbing.

The first pitch is my least favorite, a little contrived and then runnout. The best line seems to weave back and forth between the bolts which is kind of a theme on this route. This pitch can be skipped by scrambling up a gulley to the right as mentioned above.

Don't overlook the airy third pitch. This pitch has hollow rock, spacey bolts and difficult in-obvious climbing that feels like the mental crux of the route and isn't really muc... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress : Crankenstein (5.11)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 8, 2015

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Comments: No worries George! Nothing wrong with the occasional sandbag. I noticed this is rated .11d in the Falcon New Mexico guidebook which feels about right. This is a great crag if you realize what you are in for. I would say .11d for this, .12c for Completely Clueless, and .12b/c for Bojin after my visit today.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress : Completely Clueless (5.12b)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I doubt this thing gets climbed much. This feels like the hardest line of the three by far. At least Bojin to the left has usable holds through the difficult climbing and feels reasonable for its given grade. There was some suspect glue at one point where it looked like a hold might have been.

Fun 5.11 climbing leads to a stance on a sloping angled foot ledge. From here it is 20 feet of desperate, sequential slab climbing that is probably .12d in reality. It took me multiple tries to wor... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Techweeny Buttress : Crankenstein (5.11)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 6, 2015

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Comments: I pity the hapless bastard who heads to Techweeny Buttress for a relaxing day of sport climbing. Crankenstein is a true sandbag of epic proportions probably more in line with standard .12a in the Sandias. I assume the nature of these routes has changed over the years, I even managed to break a hold on it today.

Mellow climbing leads to the second bolt. From here the route weaves right to the arete for then back to the face on solid mid 5.11 climbing for about 30 feet. Without resting bust... more >>


Location: New Mexico : Los Alamos & White Rock : The Dungeon : 45° Boulder : Perverse Traverse (5.11c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jun 29, 2015

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Comments: Choss and moss is the name of the game on this "Rig". Best avoided.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Echo Canyon : Yucca Flower Tower : Rawhide (5.10c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jun 15, 2015

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Comments: This route linked with Great Escape makes for what would be an excellent 5 star outing at any crag. Also, the 30 feet of crux climbing is one of the few stretches of pure crack climbing I have encountered in the Sandias. Highly recommended.


Location: Colorado : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Ice Cave Walls : Upper Ice Caves (Feline are... : Ledged Assault (5.11c/d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Oct 21, 2014

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Comments: I only TR'd this route after a day of climbing, but, man, what a line! This looks a little chossy from the ground, but the climbing is stellar, and it is not yet polished from the masses. The movement through the 25 feet of crux climbing is absolutely classic, like tricky Eldo climbing... but better! This seemed all of .11d, probably harder in some areas.


Location: New Mexico : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Pino Wall & Jawbone : Pino Wall : Red Dawn (5.11c)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 11, 2014

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Comments: I thought this was the best of the trilogy of harder routes on the south face of Pino. This one has a mostly natural line that travels straight up the "nose" for a continuously airy and memorable experience on the last two pitches with some excellent climbing; equal parts technical and burl. The first two pitches might leave something to be desired for some people, but I thoroughly enjoyed them as well! A cool crack, some tufas... good stuff. Excellent climb.


Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Spearhead : North Ridge (5.6)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Aug 3, 2014

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Comments: A bit of context here: I wrote this route description when this site was just being conceived, long before any of us knew what the site was our would become to be. The only existing routes on this site were buildering routes on the engineering building at CU. There were 6 registered users, and we probably received 10 visits a week or something. The main climbing site on the internet was rec.climbing.

I submitted some brief descriptions of routes to Myke on a floppy disk as a sort of quick, g... more >>


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