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Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Lake District : Borrowdale Valley : ... : Troutdale Pinnacle Superdir... (5.8+)
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 6, 2017

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Comments: The Superdirect finger traverse is on the (climber's) left side of the pinnacle while the original route comes at it from the right. The p3 belay is on some dodgy little trees way off to the left from the top of the "steep crack."


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : The Lake District : Borrowdale Valley : ... : Raindrop (5.9)
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 6, 2017

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Comments: Fun route but as E2 5b it deserves a bit higher of a grade than 5.9. The awkward steep groove on p3 is the crux, and I can't see how you'd protect the first half of that pitch. My partner lead the Superdirect crack to the groove in order to get some pro in. Also, the first two pitches are easily strung together with 60 m ropes.


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : Avon Gorge : New Quarry
By: Sean Maher When: May 7, 2017

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Comments: There is an excellent (and free) topo for New Quarry put out by Climb Bristol/BMC. Google it.


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : Avon Gorge : Giant's Cave Buttress
By: Sean Maher When: Oct 16, 2016

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Comments: The ~40 m wall below and left of Giant's Cave Buttress is called "The Amphitheater" and is not well covered in the South West overview guides. Nonetheless, decent climbing is found there and is well worth a gander. Most climbs top out on a remarkable slab formed on a bedding plane- the "Glacis." Descent is made by scrambling down this (and other ledges) or abseiling from a small tree (not recommended).


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : Dartmoor and Inland Devon : ... : Levitation (5.7)
By: Sean Maher When: Oct 11, 2016

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Comments: If climbing on double ropes, take care to clip something with the left before the step across move!! My partner didn't and the left rope got wrapped beneath the roof while I was seconding.


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Pembroke : Stackpole and Lydstep : ... : Diedre Sud (5.6)
By: Sean Maher When: Oct 10, 2016

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Comments: Fun route and a good one for getting used to sea cliff climbing. It's difficult to get a good photo of your partner, but it would be easy to take excellent climbing photos from a static line anchored to the sea stake at the top.


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England
By: Sean Maher When: Oct 3, 2016

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Comments: Advice to American climbers coming to England:

-don't believe the hype that all British crags are short; there is plenty of multipitch to be found
-The Peak District is only the tip of Britain's iceberg of brilliant climbing
-be proficient with using passive pro (nuts, hexes etc), natural pro (threads and spikes) and double ropes
-know how to make a rope anchor
-be willing to go on a walk in the rain when the weather turns sour on your climbing... more >>


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : Avon Gorge : Suspension Bridge Buttress
By: Sean Maher When: Sep 15, 2016

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Comments: After 15+ trips to the Gorge this crag has to be my favorite! Compared to the other crags, Suspension Bridge Buttress has steeper and more sustained routes with more positive holds featuring textured calcite crystals. The polish is less bad as well!

To approach, park at Main Wall and walk down the A4 to the bridge. Before the underpass, cross the highway to an unlocked gate in a small pull-out. Follow the climbers trail towards the bridge and climb a stepped stonework corner using a fixed rope.... more >>


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : Cadair Idris : Cyfrwy
By: Sean Maher When: Sep 13, 2016

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Comments: We pulled up at the Torrent Walk campground at midnight on a Friday in pouring rain, hoping against hope for a solid weekend of climbing at Cwfrwy. The rain cleared up for us the rest of the weekend but unfortunately the rock did not; the crag faces north and a persistent sea breeze slows the drying process to a crawl.
On Saturday we slopped up the slimy-but-climbable Pisa (HS ~5.7) and scrambled the enjoyable ridge traverse, Cyfrwy Arete (D ~5.2).
We intended to sample the harder and... more >>


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia : Cadair Idris : ... : Cyfrwy Arete (5.2)
By: Sean Maher When: Sep 13, 2016

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Comments: Descent is made by walking down the crowded walker's trail (can't miss it) to the car park- best to bring your pack on the route with you rather than repeat the approach. From the top of Cyfrwy its a worthwhile 10-minute jaunt to the top of Cadair Idris.


Location: Europe : United Kingdom : England : South West : Avon Gorge : ... : Puke (5.9)
By: Sean Maher When: Sep 5, 2016

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Comments: the first and second pitches are easily linked at ~35 m


Location: California : High Sierra : 10 - Kearsarge Pass to Ceda... : Dragon Peak : South Chute (3rd)
By: Sean Maher When: Aug 25, 2016

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Comments: An enjoyable climb with an unexpectedly brutal (but scenic!) approach. The highlight for me was scampering up a feature resembling a steep sidewalk suspended 12,000 feet in the air. The "crux" foot traverse was heady, but quite easy.

Staying on the ridge above the chute provides the best rock quality but it takes you to a false summit from which you must downclimb ~30 ft of 4th class. IMO this is more fun than following the cairns over gross scree straight to the ... more >>


Location: California : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : * Mammoth Lakes Bouldering : The Ravine
By: Sean Maher When: Aug 14, 2016

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Comments: A nice low-key spot to climb some easy problems on a summer morning or evening. Fellow travelers: this area seems to be a favorite local dog-walking spot and thus not a great place to camp. For dispersed camping, head across the 395 and south of/up the hill from the geothermal plant.


Location: California : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Rock Creek : Patricia Bowl
By: Sean Maher When: Aug 12, 2016

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Comments: Notes from this morning's confusion: while the toilet is on the left the parking area will be on your right, and the "stables" does not refer to the pack station. If you pass the pack station, you've gone too far. Also the climbing here is amazing and well worth the trip!


Location: California : High Sierra : 08 - Bishop Pass and Evolut... : Cloudripper : West Chute (3rd)
By: Sean Maher When: Aug 11, 2016

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Comments: Mostly a talus slog, but with some fun scrambling near the top and rewarding views of many high sierra peaks. On the descent I started following directions towards Green Lake, but soon realized this would require scrambling UP more talus to get over the un-named peak. I liked descents that go DOWN so I went into the notch at the western edge of the lunar-looking plateau between Cloudripper and the unnamed peak. This took me into the next major chute to the climber's left/nort... more >>


Location: California : High Sierra : 04 - Ritter and the Minaret... : Mt. Ritter : SE Glacier
By: Sean Maher When: Jul 25, 2016

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Comments: This was my first experience with mountaineering and it made quite a good introduction. There were a few exhausting sections of step-cutting across steep snow, but otherwise it was mostly scrambling and hiking up talus (in early July). We were a bit confused as to where the actual glacier was since it was little more than a thin snow patch when we were there... see John Muir's Mountains of California for an exciting account of the route's first de... more >>


Location: California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : (v) North Face
By: Sean Maher When: Jul 20, 2016

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Comments: I wouldn't recommend this crag to anyone on account of the loose rock. The face is composed of detached and nearly detached exfoliating slabs balanced on top of each other. Many tragedies are waiting to happen here.


Location: California : San Jacinto Mountains : Idyllwild County Park : Hillside Trail : Lobotomy Boulder, The : Lobotomy (V0+)
By: Sean Maher When: Jul 19, 2016

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Comments: Fun problem for the tradsters out there. I did it the other way round, starting with a thin mantle below the roof on the left side and jamming around to the right.


Location: California : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : (g) West Face : West Face - Left Side : The Trough (5.4)
By: Sean Maher When: Jul 19, 2016

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Comments: CBF to hike to the standard start after the approach to Lunch Rock so we added a 70 m approach pitch from the toe of the buttress. It didn't seem any harder than the rest of the route and was certainly more fun than carrying a pack up talus and across ledges! Starts in a right-facing corner/trough directly below the true start of the route; I can add a photo if anyone is interested.


Location: California : High Sierra : 05 - Convict Lake & McGee C... : Mt. Morrison : North Face : Northwest Ridge (3rd)
By: Sean Maher When: Jul 5, 2016

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Comments: We retreated ~500 ft above the vegetated saddle, just above a smaller saddle/notch. The rock quality deteriorates here such that committing to every move feels like playing Russian roulette with rockfall, which is too bad since the route has a stellar position and epic summit. Laurel Mountain's NE Gully was much more solid and enjoyable. If you're intent on Morrisons NW ridge, at least bring a helmet.


Location: California : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : ... : Pine Climb (5.9)
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 9, 2016

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Comments: I'll be the first to say this climb is damn hard for the grade! A spot of offwidth lets you know the rock means business, then a thin and feet-less lieback sees you desperately stemming on smears. Finish with a sketchy mantle to the bolted anchors. We had to leave a carabiner because the bolts had no rings.


Location: California : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Scheelite Canyon / Pratt's ... : Garbage Gully
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 9, 2016

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Comments: Far from Garbage, this crag is well worth a visit! The grades are a bit stiffer than the PSOM slab though.


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Dogleg (5.8+)
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 3, 2016

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Comments: This was my second lead in JT, and after styling Double Cross I thought I would inch my way up the grades... Dogleg shut down all such ambitions! Dogleg seemed significantly steeper and blanker than Double Cross, with more strenuous jams and thoughtful sequencing. A great climb, and a humbling introduction to the Joshua Tree sandbag.


Location: California : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - West Face : Beginner's One (5.3 R)
By: Sean Maher When: Jun 3, 2016

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Comments: I am not a free-soloist by any means, but I ended up soloing this route 3 times on my last trip. Each move felt 100% secure and reversible, yet the exposure lent the climb some excitement. Hard to beat the view from the top as well! Recommended as a first solo (if you know how to jam), and much more secure than Beginner's Two.


Location: Washington : Central-West Cascades & Sea... : Skykomish Valley : Index : Lower Town Wall : ... : Roger's Corner (5.9)
By: Sean Maher When: May 13, 2016

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Comments: We rapped the whole route from the tree belay with a 60 m yesterday. Rope stretch and a swing off to climbers left got our feet on the ground, but just barely. Knot your ends and use your head!


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