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Location: Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Chickies Rock : Main Wall : Main Street (5.6 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 18, 2017

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Comments: Just commenting on Larry's comment above which was dead on in 2010. But there's been a lot of erosion at the top of Chickies Rock and the tree he mentioned is now gone. You'll need to build a gear anchor at the summit .


Location: Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Chickies Rock : Trail Valley : Chickies Direct (5.7+)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 2, 2017

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Comments: August 2017 We trundled many dangerous rocks that were 20 feet up at the top of the corner where you traverse on Chickies Direct. Also removed 3-4 trees and shrubs that have essentially blocked the route for many years.


Location: Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Chickies Rock : The Block : Riverview (5.4 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 2, 2017

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Comments: This climb hadn't been done in years because too many trees and shrubs grew in the gully. As of August 2017 the trees have been removed, broken vodka bottles removed. It's much better now.


Location: Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Chickies Rock : Main Wall : The Library (5.4)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 2, 2017

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Comments: KenR The step across into the dihedral is straightforward and protected by a perfect #1 red Camalot.
Definitely a 5.4 no harder. I've spent much of the summer spraying weedkiller and cleaning the crack at the back of the corner so the protection situation is better than ever. Instead of clumps of grass, you have a place for gear. This is the best beginner lead climb at Chickies. Witches Brew is a grade easier but the loose rock section in the middle is horrible.


Location: Pennsylvania : South Central PA : Chickies Rock
By: Ross Purnell When: Aug 30, 2017

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Comments: The bolts and chains have been removed from Riverview Ledge.


Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : J-Crack Slab Area : ... : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Aug 25, 2017

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Comments: I'm pretty sure that's me (the leader), and I'm at the end pf pitch , right at the start of the crack.


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Great Arch (5.5)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2015

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Comments: Thanks to everyone involved! I think lives were potentially saved with this. I know rock climbing is inherently dangerous, and we need to deal with loose rock all the time, but on such a popular and easy climb, this was a ticking time bomb. I'm sorry to see the flake and the tree go, but there was too much else at risk here.


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Great Arch (5.5)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 6, 2015

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Comments:
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the flake above the pitch 1 belay station....
This is the flake above the pitch 1 belay station. The vertical crack is new, and shows how a large chunk of granite has essentially broken from the mountain and is currently maintaining position due to friction. If you put a large camming unit behind this flake and fall on it, the force could easily send this slab crashing onto the belayer below, tree ledge, then the base of several other climbs.



Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Great Arch (5.5)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 6, 2015

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Comments: Jake,
Thank you. I'm sure you know the flake I'm talking about, it's really the only deviating feature on the whole route. I have left a voice mail with Ranger Jeffrey Jones. I guess he's the climbing ranger there.


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Great Arch (5.5)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 6, 2015

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Comments: I'd like to add to what Devin said (above). I've climbed this arch many times, the flake above the belay on p1 was always a solid and wonderful feature, but now there is a fresh split in the rock near where the flake attached to the mountain. My guess is that this unusually cold and icy winter resulted in expanding ice under the flake, which broke it.
This piece of rock is hundreds and hundreds of pounds, and would be fatal for the belayer directly below, and whoever may be waiting in line on tr... more >>


Location: Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : h. High Wall : Osprey (5.6 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 30, 2014

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Comments: Gordon, I think it's PA's best moderate multipitch trad route. It deserves many stars!


Location: New Hampshire : * Ice and Mixed Climbing : Mt. Willey
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 20, 2013

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Comments: What is the standard descent for Willey's Slide? are there rings and slings on trees off to the side? Or a walk off?


Location: New Hampshire : * Ice and Mixed Climbing : Mt. Willard (Ice) : East Face - Lower : Left Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3)
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 19, 2013

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Comments: Question on the approach. Do you hike north along the train tracks, or do you scramble up to Lower Hitchcock from the tracks, hit the cliff band, then hike north? Sounds like the latter but wanted to check.


Location: New York : Adirondacks : * Adirondack Ice & Mixed : D: Keene Valley and Chapel ... : Chapel Pond : Chouinard's Gully (WI3)
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 11, 2013

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Comments: Please don't rap the route. This is a classic, busy route. No one wants people dropping bombs from above. There is a very easy walk-off to the left that brings you down near the base of Crystal Ice Tower.


Location: Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : f. Land of the Giants : ... : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 11, 2013

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Comments: I'd love to know what's going on in this photo, because it certainly looks badass. Is the climber leading or following? I can't see a rope except the one he is trailing. and it looks like he's clipped directly into to pieces of gear. Looks like an insane climb. I just wish I knew what was going on.


Location: Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : h. High Wall : Osprey (5.6 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 9, 2013

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Comments: I rewrote the description to two pitches, with one comfortable belay, and a second long pitch. Much better this way.


Location: West Virginia : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 11, 2013

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Comments: The red line does NOT show Conn's East. This photo shows the west face, and the route indicated is Conn's West.


Location: Colorado : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Ho Hum (5.4 PG13) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 22, 2010

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Comments: Nice butt shot.


Location: West Virginia : Seneca Rocks : South End : Ecstasy (5.7)
By: Ross Purnell When: Aug 17, 2010

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Comments: This is probably my least favorite Seneca 5.7. The second belay station sucks. You can bypass it and go all the way to the top, but it's hell trying to communicate with your second.
It's too much traversing and not enough upward climbing, and the rock is funky.
Compare this to great lines like West Pole and it just doesn't cut it as a classic. Ecstasy Junior is more esthetically pleasing, and you can rap down to your bags afterward.


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : U Slot (5.7+ PG13) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: When I led this route, I used the crack on the arete to the the right of the shown route. That created a very heady runout section. Anyone know which is the correct way?


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Block Route (5.7+ PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: This is more fun, and more mellow than U slot by a long shot. It has a single 5.8 move, the rest is easy climbing.


Location: North Carolina : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Dirty Crack (5.8)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: I don't know why this is only a two-star climb. It's one of the best ways to get to Tree Ledge.


Location: Colorado : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Mainliner (5.9)
By: Ross Purnell When: Mar 23, 2010

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Comments: Last summer I did Kor's Flake. Thought it was a fun climb, really had not much trouble with it. I'd like to try something else on Sundance . . . how big of a step up is this? I usually have trouble on 5.9s at the Gunks . . . .


Location: West Virginia : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - East Face : Upper Broadway : Soler (5.7)
By: Ross Purnell When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: On p1, I went all the way to the chains on Conn's East. I considered backtracking to get onto the ramp, but there was chalk going straight up. The moves straight up onto the ramp were scary 5.8 with fall potential on the ledge, but definitely doable. Next time I will stop before the chains.


Location: Maryland : Rocks State Park : Pinnacle : Strawberry Jam (5.8+)
By: Ross Purnell When: Nov 16, 2009

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Comments: I can verify Frank's comment. I was leading Strawberry Jam yesterday, stuck a blue #3 Camalot into the wide spot under the flake and it looked and felt like a perfect placement. I climbed past it, fell, and the cam popped. No problem. I had more gear in the main crack below but won't place under that flake again.


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