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Location: Colorado > Boulder > Flatirons > South > Jamcrack Spire > Holeistic (5.10c)
By: Ross Swanson When: Jan 6, 2018

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Comments: From the P2 belay, another route goes up a nice looking crack on right side wall.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > Stewardess Convention Crag > Aviatrix (5.9+ R)
By: Ross Swanson When: Sep 13, 2017

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Comments: TR'ed a gap in the roof at 11-.


Location: Colorado > Fort Collins > Carter Lake
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 29, 2017

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Comments: Getting there is simple:

  • North on US 287 to Berthoud.
  • Take a left (west) on Mountain Ave (West Co Rd 8)
  • Co Rd 8 makes a right and becomes 23, After a total of 3 miles, take a left (West) on Co Rd 8e, Carter Lake is about 4 miles.



Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Mortuary
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 15, 2017

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Comments: The Graveyard is further west, we could not get to its base but had to go around to its west side to gain the top, this is a rap in crag.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Mortuary
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 15, 2017

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Comments: Park at Observatory Rock, and take trail that heads up Coffintop Gulch, after 2 minutes take the left trail up a steep slope and gully between cliffs. Hike to almost the top of the ridge. About 200 feet below it, find a passage between the cliff bands that leads around corner on right side of ridge to trail and the beginning of Mortuary cliff band. Once around corner, you will find a short buttress with crack and a bolt at its end, some unfinished, very hard route.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > Tombstone
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 15, 2017

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Comments: Park at Observatory Rock and take a trail up Coffintop Gulch past the house below. The trail will end at 2013 flood damage, then pick back up again. After about 15 minutes, head up left at medium-size tree that is "bent" over trail and another evergreen that is dead is seen just beyond (2017). Going upslope is steep and wanders between cliff bands.

Tombstone is below The Graveyard and further up the gulch.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > Tombstone > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 15, 2017

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Comments: Photo complements Mike Endicott.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Mortuary > The Crypt (5.8)
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 6, 2017

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Comments: One #4.5 Camalot seemed to be enough for the wide section.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Mortuary > The Coroner (5.11b)
By: Ross Swanson When: Aug 6, 2017

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Comments: The hidden hold is level and on the other side of a incipient crack or fold that is shoulder height, you'll be reaching around the corner for it.

When under the OH, do not go to the back and up through a slot, instead do a 180 turn. I went thru the slot in the back and had mega rope drag.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: Photo: George Bracksieck.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: Photo: George Bracksieck.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: Photo: George Bracksieck. Thanks!


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: Photo: George Bracksieck. Thanks!


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: Photo: George Bracksieck.
Mike Endicott belaying. Thanks, Mike!


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > Middle Fork of St. Vrain Ca... > Scarpa Pizzo > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Jul 3, 2017

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Comments: SWMF is 2 or 3 pitch route on the left.
Unknown Right crack is the solid line on the right side.
Unknown Arete is the dotted line on the right.


Location: New Hampshire > *Cathedral Ledge > The Mordor Wall > The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm (5.11d) > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Dec 26, 2016

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Comments: No back scum?


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > December Wall > The Road Goes Ever On (5.11b)
By: Ross Swanson When: Nov 21, 2016

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Comments: I did the first 10b pitch yesterday, and the runout after placing small cam & nut was really scary. Halfway up the runout, I almost peeled. I do not recommend it, since if you fall, you might hit the broken ledge.

Beta: although falling repeatedly, the 11b was much harder than some 11c's I've been on. First I tried straight up, then I tried right. I kept slipping on the smooth face; finally going left I found a micro foot hold that I was able to use to get to the dike left of the next b... more >>


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Monkey Skull > Fever Dance (5.10c/d)
By: Ross Swanson When: Nov 13, 2016

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Comments: After many visits to Monkey Skull, finally onsighted this climb. Looking down from the belay I couldn't believe all the gear I put in, but I'll tell you, I didn't notice the moving flake. My partner said he saw the flake expand when he took out the cam at its small crown. RP/HBs were useful.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Monkey Skull > Fringe Dweller (5.10b/c)
By: Ross Swanson When: Nov 13, 2016

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Comments: Midway up w/bolt at your face, there is a step right with only crappy sidepulls and a big stem out right to foot pocket, that was 10b/c for me, maybe moving right before this would be easier?
Before stepping right, I did step up, and I'm glad I didn't deadpoint what looked to be a hold above the bolt, I'm glad I didn't, since it turned out to be a sloper.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Throne > Magnum P.I. (5.9+ PG13)
By: Ross Swanson When: Oct 31, 2016

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Comments: I rated this climb 4 stars, because the climbing of P1 is really good on double cracks, step left to join left crack mid-way up. Do not go to the anchors on petticoat, instead near the top go right, continue to the crack end. Take extra finger-size pro.

For P2, going around the "ear" feature was interesting, the climbing gets easier after that.

A short crack on east face at top of P3 was 5.9 but too short.

Three long raps on a 70m down the north face into the gully was... more >>


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > Sweat Loaf aka Big Dogs > Gravity's Rainbow (5.11a)
By: Ross Swanson When: Oct 10, 2016

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Comments: Camolots used for my lead: 1 #4, 3 #3, 3 #2, 2 #1, 1 #0.75, 1 #0.5.
Been wanting to lead this climb for 10 years, got the onsight 2 weeks after my 60th B-Day.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > South Fork of St. Vrain Can... > The Pile > The Naugahide Stool (origin... (5.10a)
By: Ross Swanson When: Oct 2, 2016

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Comments: Eh, I thought it was good.


Location: Colorado > Estes Park Valley > Big Thompson Canyon > Mary's Bust Area > Mary's Bust - main buttress > Dynamite (5.10a/b R)
By: Ross Swanson When: Sep 25, 2016

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Comments: I've swapped pitches on Birds of Fire, and I thought the runout on Dynamite was scary, especially the clip. For me, this rock took some getting use to, it's like the friction you get at Eldo.

We continued to the top on Broadmoor. If you are considering doing that, I'd suggest linking Dynamite with the next pitch of Broadmoor, then you can skip the hanging belay. A 70m will make it. The crux on P6 sneaks up on you.


Location: Colorado > Lyons > St. Vrain Canyons > North Fork of the St. Vrain... > Pinewood Boulders, Tomato R... > ... > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Sep 17, 2016

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Comments: I named this climb after a route I used to do at my first climbing area back east in Maryland, Ilchester near Ellicott City.


Location: Maryland > Patapsco State Park > Photo
By: Ross Swanson When: Sep 17, 2016

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Comments: Where I started climbing, well actually I first tried to climb up the rock face below this crag where the train enters the tunnel, lucky I was able to down climb without falling.
I see there are new tags of graffiti on the face.
I remember a couple of the guys in the 80's Alex, & Dennis.
--Ross


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