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Location: Colorado : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : North Chasm View Wall : Moveable Feast (5.10)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Apr 16, 2017

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Comments: The exit chimney is an "adventure". Do not expect for it to be a gully scramble to the rim. Be prepared to climb some scary cross. It's fun though.


Location: Colorado : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Brown Cloud Rocks : Volobee (aka Jolobee) (5.11a PG13)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 12, 2017

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Comments: Seems like some people are forgetting that this is Norh Table. Sometimes you have to avoid the sides to stay on route. Climbing this up the center without using the arete out right or the wall out left at anytime makes this a very good route. Tough crimps and 5.11.


Location: Colorado : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Great Expectations (5.10d)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 6, 2017

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Comments: I'll reiterate. You'll have to cheat away from the bolt line. Otherwise, it's 5.12 territory.


Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Idiot Wind (5.10b/c) : Photo
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jan 25, 2017

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Comments: Thanks, man! Glad that puppy is gone!


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part D - Xanad... : Cold Turkey (5.9+)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Nov 12, 2016

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Comments: This route can afford some more traffic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Eldorado Mountain : Mickey Mouse Wall : Vulcans Don't Lie (5.10a)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Oct 30, 2016

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Comments: Excellent way to finish Perversion.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Murrin Park : ... : Fearless Fraser (5.11a)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Sep 2, 2016

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Comments: Thanks Colin! I googled for a possible better source but found nothing.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Fern Hill : Burp the Worm (5.11c)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Sep 1, 2016

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Comments: Felt .11c to me. Funky movement.


Location: North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : Murrin Park : ... : Freeloader (5.11b)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Sep 1, 2016

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Comments: The first bolt is way high due to the fact that there is no more tree. and yes it is an .11a move to get to it. Stick clip highly recommended. This route shares a first bolt with the fun easier fully bolted route "Fearless Frasier" which leads off to the left.


Location: Colorado : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park : Meat Wall : Jail Bait (5.11c)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Aug 8, 2016

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Comments: I prefer to trad-style the chimney (skipping the bolt mid-chimney after the chained clip) and find it way easier than the mono pocket section before the mantel.

Awesome route!!!


Location: Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Nemo's Nemesis (5.11d)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jul 31, 2016

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Comments: Fantastic, well-protected, and sustained. When it's steep, the holds are bigger. When it's less steep, the holds are smaller!


Location: Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Citadel Crag : Da Gyps Route (5.11)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jul 4, 2016

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Comments: I can easily say that this is spicy, hard 5.11. I had a point 1 between bolts 1&2 and a point 2 between bolts 2&3. The moves between bolts are harder than 5.9.


Location: Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Upper Blair : Wango's Workshop : Wango (5.10c PG13)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jul 4, 2016

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Comments: Manky nut/ hex anchor at top that could use a new sling/ cordellette.


Location: Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Upper Blair : Wango's Workshop : Tomb Raider (5.10b/c)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jul 4, 2016

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Comments: The last pitch is no harder than .10c when holds around the arête are used at the start. Very nice.


Location: Colorado : Independence Pass : Lincoln Creek : Sunset Cliff : Withholding Evidence (5.11b/c)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Jun 19, 2016

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Comments: I thoroughly enjoyed the upper 2/3 and felt it was excellent 5.10 climbing.

Great route.


Location: Colorado : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : Prisoner of Your Hairdo Gul... : Atlantis (5.11 PG13)
By: Ralph Swansen When: May 15, 2016

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Comments: No more cairn at the base, but the directions and picture here on MP are very accurate for the start of the climb. I will agree with comments above about the topo being excellent except on pitch 13 where going straight up to the bail tat is a mistake. Instead, stay right and follow the description in comments above. This climb is amazing and almost every pitch is high quality. We averaged 45 mins a pitch including the descent approach. We did not bring or see a need for a #4.


Location: Colorado : Grand Junction Area : Escalante Canyon : Zappa Wall : Beside the Pillar (5.10+)
By: Ralph Swansen When: May 1, 2016

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Comments: This can take a few twos and two threes.


Location: New York : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Rusty Jam (5.9) : Photo
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 27, 2016

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Comments: Thanks Mike! I started in the Gunk's but learned many tricks since moving out West. :)


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Fat Tuesday (5.10+)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 6, 2016

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Comments: I'm 5'6", fat fingers and did find some good beta for keeping it 10+!


Location: Colorado : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Monkey House : Monkey Puzzle (5.10d)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 5, 2016

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Comments: Short but absolutely great!


Location: Colorado : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Monkey House : Monkey Pause (5.12a)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Mar 5, 2016

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Comments: Mark is correct. ^^^^


Location: Colorado : Buena Vista : Elephant Rock : North Prow (5.10a PG13)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Oct 4, 2015

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Comments: First bolt is waaaay high with tough moves to get to it. Stick clip or what I did was protected the opening moves with a red x4 and a green c3 right above it in the seam about two thirds of the way towards the bolt. Bomber.

I really enjoyed this route, but it was a tough warmup as I thought it to be harder than 10a with some good runout. Thin, balance moves on small crystals and a fun roof at the end.


Location: Colorado : Buena Vista : Davis Face : D3 (5.10a)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Oct 4, 2015

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Comments: Good advice from ryanwallace77 with the white spot. I'm uncertain why there are so many belay stations, but anyone comfortable running out easy terrain can go to the third set of anchors with a 60 meter. From there, the next pitch leads up left and through some fun terrain, then, passing another set of anchors (next pitch), a big flat area and the 5.9 finger crack/ off width(ish). I linked these next two pitches with minimal gear and some drag. The traverse left pitches are next, these are best ... more >>


Location: Colorado : Buena Vista : Davis Face
By: Ralph Swansen When: Oct 4, 2015

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Comments: The directions leave out that when Rd 375a ends, stay left onto Trail 373. When 373 is approaching the base of the rock, a right turn down a hill will take you to a parking lot that is the closest to the base with an established trail to the rock. There is another parking lot on the right side of 373 a little past the aforementioned turn off with a slightly longer approach. The drive from BV takes a good 30+ minutes to the base of the rock.


Location: Colorado : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock : Finger Lickin' Good (5.10c/d)
By: Ralph Swansen When: Sep 13, 2015

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Comments: 1 pitch is the right way to do this. I found the lower section very pleasing on the way to the awesome finger crack. Wildfire is a great second pitch finish/top out to this and is 5.10.


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