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Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Hawk-Eagle Ridge > January Playmate (5.8)
By: Ross Philip When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: Nice climb, but the middle bit was creepy. The bottom part (hand and fist jamming) is great - good pro and relatively sustained. Then you pull the huge roof by traversing right on jugs to a huge horn that you can wrap a sling around for pro, but above the horn, you've got to face climb up and slightly left with no pro - gently grabbing a rotten flake along the way until you can finally slot a small wired and a purple Camalot in a little undercling above the rotten band. If you fell before the... more >>

Location: Wyoming > Vedauwoo > Walt's Wall > Friday's Follies aka Water ... (5.10a PG13)
By: Ross Philip When: Sep 18, 2013

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Comments: This climb is called "Friday's Follies 5.9+" in "The Voo" guidebook by Orenczak and Lynn.

Location: Wyoming > Vedauwoo > Nautilus > Pretty (5.8)
By: Ross Philip When: Sep 8, 2013

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Comments: Nice! A good way to find out that little pebbly footholds really stick at Vedauwoo.

Location: Wyoming > Vedauwoo > Nautilus > Cornelius (5.5)
By: Ross Philip When: Sep 8, 2013

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Comments: Climbed this with young children this weekend and totally appreciated the simplicity of having anchors at the top. IMHO, the anchors were not an eyesore - I couldn't even see them until near the end of the pitch. Fun climb and fun to find that small children can handjam fingerlocks!

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part C - Pony ... > Handcracker Direct (5.10a)
By: Ross Philip When: Aug 30, 2013

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Comments: Reading the comments, I got all worked up worrying about if I needed triples or if I needed something between a BD #2 and #3. In actual fact, on the crux pitch, 1 green, 1 red, 2 gold Camalots sewed up the crack. One small purple Camalot up and right of the undercling made the exit left super safe.
Great climb!

Location: Wyoming > Devil's Tower > West Face > El Matador (5.10d)
By: Ross Philip When: Jul 11, 2013

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Comments: I only TR'd this, but I think the key is to try using the crack as much as possible and only stem out when you really have to. The stem can wear you down quickly. Also, if you climb this in the morning, look back down to the parking lot and be amazed by the flash bulbs of the paparazzi tourists as they add pictures of you to their Devils Tower photo albums.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Redgarden Wall > Redgarden - Tower One > Icarus (5.6 R)
By: Ross Philip When: May 22, 2013

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Comments: Agree with those comments that this is by no means a "beginner lead". The protection is sparse at best, the route is not heavily traveled and therefore has quite a few loose blocks, and even the 2nd could take an interesting swinging fall as much of the climb is a rising traverse. That said, it is beautiful, exposed, enjoyable climbing - if you know what you are getting into.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > The West Ridge > West Ridge - part D - Xanad... > Duh Dihedral (5.6)
By: Ross Philip When: Oct 17, 2012

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Comments: Warning: wasps were out in full force on 10/15/2012. My brave partner donned 2 balaclavas, gloves, sunglasses, raincoat, etc. and somehow managed to retrieve our gear without getting stung. Later we noticed wasps on the walls all over other routes on the West Ridge - maybe some wasp "last hurrah" before winter sets in?

Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Lumpy Ridge > Batman Rock > Hand Jive (5.9)
By: Ross Philip When: Sep 25, 2012

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Comments: A double-zero Mastercam placed in the horizontal crack at the top and just left of the dihedral on the 2nd pitch helps calm the nerves for the face moves up and left out of the dihedral.

Location: Colorado > Boulder > Eldorado Canyon SP > Rincon > Rincon - Center Route & R > Rincon (5.11a)
By: Ross Philip When: Aug 21, 2012

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Comments: I'd say first pitch is exquisite but a sandbag, certainly harder than "modern" 5.9+ ratings. Second pitch is really nice, too, so even if you are not doing the 5.11 pitch, don't just rap after the first pitch. There are 2 pins and a bolt with rap rings at the end of 2nd pitch. You can just BARELY make it to the bolts and chains above 5.8 crack with a 60m rope.

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