Route Guide    Partners    Forum    Photos    What's New    Journal        
Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Rock Climbing Photo: Rich Bastille Summit


Member Since: Oct 9, 2008
Last Visit: Oct 16, 2016
Contact Rich F.

Point Rank: # 245
Total Points: 2,637
Last Year: 156
Last 30 Days: 0
32 Compliments
How do you get points?
Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3
Comments = 1



Where has Rich F. been climbing?










Contributions


All 1244 | Routes 35 | Areas 2 | Photos 422 | Page Improvements | Comments 144 | Posts 4 | Stars 337 | Ratings 300
Page 1 of 6.  1  2  3  4  5   Next>   Last>>

Contributed Comments

 

Location: North America : Canada : Alberta : Banff National Park : Mt. Cory : ... : Aftonroe (5.7)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 20, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: This is a fantastic moderate climb! Thanks Mark and Todd for putting this up -- the bolts and anchors are really well placed, the climbing is fun throughout, and the views were stunning. Thank you so much for putting up this climb!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : McQ's Pinnacle/Thin Fin : Klingon Flake (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 5, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Mtn Project currently has the location wrong in the L-to-R sort. Klingon Flake is immediately left of Chewy's Tumble on the north end of McQ's Pinnacle -- far to the left of Chantilly Lace.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : McQ's Pinnacle/Thin Fin : Chewy Tumble (5.7)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 5, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: This was a GREAT climb! Lots of variety -- layback, balancey in places, step across at the top, fantastic summit. Well worth doing if in the area. But, the location is wrong on MP -- the climb is on the north end of McQ's Pinnacle well to the left of Chantilly's Lace which is on the Thin Fin.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Moonlight Ridge : McQ's Pinnacle/Thin Fin : Chantilly Lace (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 5, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Agree with Mark above -- although short, this is a fantastic climb! Fun and steep for a 5.6!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Cathedral Range : Cathedral Peak : ... : Photo
By: Rich F. When: Jul 9, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Very helpful photo for approach -- thanks!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : The Sentinel : The Sentinel - East Face : Fote Hog (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Mar 18, 2016

view comment >>
Comments: Great route! Lots of variety. I thought P1 protected okay with a small cam in the "inset triangle" above the tree and a very small purple TCU in the horizontal crack below the traverse. I would rate the overhanging crux move 5.7, even though the hand holds are huge -- and reaching those holds is definitely tougher if you're not about 5'9" or taller. Really an enjoyable climb!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : The Pinnacle : Balance (5.8+)
By: Rich F. When: Aug 3, 2014

view comment >>
Comments: Fun climb -- enjoyed the long extension of the original route. Definitely thought it was harder than 5.8, but for me the crux was still the balancey technical move past the 1st bolt (which felt more like 5.9 given my relative lack of balance and flexibility).

The 1st bolt is pretty high. There are big holds to reach the clip, but you probably want a spot, because a fall before clipping that bolt would do some serious damage to your ankles.

Definitely need at least a 60m rope to reach the g... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Needles Eye : Gnomon : Doody Direct (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Great route. For a novice jammer like myself, the steep crack start is pretty stout for a 5.8, but the protection is bomber anywhere you want to put it. Fantastic summit!


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Grace Note Spire : Conn Route (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Climbed Grace Note Spire yesterday. Anchors and webbing/cord were still in good shape for rappeling.

Intended to do the 5.6 Conn Route, but turned the climb into something more certainly more difficult than 5.6. I think I stepped across too early out of the low angle trough and then attempted a somewhat vertical, short flaring hand crack to the saddle. Aborted that, climbed higher in the trough, and stepped across at a different (and awkward) location. There are all kinds of options for w... more >>


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Grace Note Spire
By: Rich F. When: Jul 7, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Climbed Grace Note this weekend. Fun little spire. I think there might be two possible ways to get to the climbs in this meadow. (1) Coming from parking -- hike up the Cathedral Spires trail until you are almost adjacent to the first minor spire (Grace Note) which will be about 100 ft off to your right. Then cut across right in front of the spire and hike around the front of it to the meadow. At one time this was probably a very easy hike, but it's a little harder now because of all of the ... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Alternate directions to save a few minutes if coming from Colorado Springs on Hwy 24:
-- From Hwy 24, take a left at the small red "Saddle Up Realty" building in Florissant on Teller County Road 46, and drive 2.4 miles to where the road forks. Take the right fork, which is CO-98 and drive 1.8 miles until it merges with Blue Mountain Road. Drive another 0.9 miles and you will be at the right turn for the Circle C ranch and FS-244. Continue with the description up top. This short cut on good r... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: With four moderate, well-protected climbs from 5.6 to 5.10a, this crag is now worth the drive for moderate climbers like myself. You can park right below the rock and avoid the crowds on a warm summer day. Thanks to Ben Schmitt for putting up the new climbs. Buy his inexpensive guidebook with great descriptions and photos of hundreds of climbs at Heaven's Gate and Eleven Mile Canyon, and help support someone who's given a lot to the climbing community. Thanks, Ben!


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle : Death Star Compactor (5.8+)
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: This is a fun route that looked harder from the ground than it was on route due to the many positive holds and good edges for the feet that are not as obvious from below. After chimneying through the short "compactor," I stemmed across to the anchors. It's surely a more difficult crux if one attempts the last move without stemming off the compactor behind. Fun climb.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Heaven's Gate : The Emerald Isle : Mustache Ride (5.6)
By: Rich F. When: Jun 5, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Although this route is short, it's a fun climb with an interesting and unexpectedly challenging move past the crux bulge. It's well-protected and a good lead for new climbers. Thanks for putting up the thoughtful new moderate route, Ben!


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : Radio Head : Shimminy Cricket (5.9+)
By: Rich F. When: May 25, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: This is a fun route that needs to be climbed more to get rid of some of the lichen on the rock and dirt in the cracks. I thought there were two cruxes -- one down low at about the third bolt which is mostly just an awkward, off-balance move. The second is up high about 15 feet below the anchors where there's not much for the feet. I placed all sizes of cams from a 00 Metolius to a #4 Camalot, but mostly the cracks took between 0.75 and #2 cams. Fun route -- enjoy!


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head : Radio Head : Tilt-a-Whirl (5.9)
By: Rich F. When: May 25, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: Fun route. The crux is definitely between the first and third bolts, but they are well placed and the climbing is well-protected. Above the third bolt, it's probably 5.7ish.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Coat of Arms Corner and The... : Crack Sweat (5.9)
By: Rich F. When: Apr 27, 2013

view comment >>
Comments: I thought "Crack Sweat" was a crack climb -- at least we climbed the crack all the way to the top, with some decent jams. We used the bulging face on either side of the crack for feet along the way, but it was mostly a crack climb. Maybe I was on the wrong route....


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Turkey's Bleak (5.10a)
By: Rich F. When: Nov 12, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Climbed this at the end of the day, after meeting Bob and Carrie Robertson by chance at the cliff a little earlier. Did not know this was one of their lines they put up, but it was definitely my wife's favorite climb of the day. Thanks, Bob and Carrie!


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Beach Ball (5.8+)
By: Rich F. When: Nov 12, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Gotta agree with Bill on this one -- my wife and I both thought this was really a fun line, with a nice crux to jam a couple bolts from the anchors.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Tunnel Springs : Crumbcake (5.7)
By: Rich F. When: Oct 29, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: I thought this was a fun route with a little stemming, jamming, and a small bulge to go over on the way to the anchors. The crack stays in the shade all day in the winter, so the rock was cold, but it was definitely worth climbing while at Tunnel Springs.


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Colorado National Monument : Independence Monument : Geezer Highway (5.9+ PG13)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Mike -- I like "Geezer Highway" better than NW Crack. Thanks for putting up the first two pitches back in the '80s!


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : River Wall : Far Left Dihedral Crack (5.8-)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: If anyone knows the name of this route or the name/date of the first ascent, let me know and I will make the changes to the route description. I did not see this in either of the guidebooks I had for the area. Thanks.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : River Wall : Getting Older (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 30, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: At the River Wall today -- fun climbing, but I don't think there is any way the move through the overhanging, roof, finger crack goes at just 5.8. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a particularly good climber -- but that's a tough move going over about a 3 ft overhanging roof, without any real feet, using a single finger crack. I'd rate that move closer to 5.10 than 5.8. On the other hand, going up the wider crack that passes the roof on the left side seemed about 5.8 to me, while travers... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Shirt Tail Peak : Gambit (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 23, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: This route is fantastic -- well worth the 30 to 40 minute approach. The last two pitches, though rated just 5.7 and 5.6, have incredible position and exposure. Don't miss this climb!


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : SOB Gully (skier's left sid... : The Casual Route (5.8)
By: Rich F. When: Sep 3, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Climbed some variant of the Casual Route on Saturday, and maybe the toughest part was figuring out where the route went after the finger crack at the start of pitch 2. I upclimbed and downclimbed several places trying to make sense of where I was on the route but did not see anything like the pictures submitted by John Peterson. On our pitch 3, we were more or less above the pitch 2 finger crack and climbed a wide crack formed by a left-facing dihedral which required a short layback move at th... more >>


Page 1 of 6.  1  2  3  4  5   Next>   Last>>