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Member Since: Apr 8, 2006
Last Visit: Jul 1, 2015
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Location: Allen Hill : personal photos : Photo
By: Caelan When: Oct 8, 2012

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Comments: Easy, but Wild -- a very memorable Alpine Route that 5.7 is. I assume that's what you were getting ready to head up here, back in the day?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Twin Owls : Rather Fight Than Switch (5.10a)
By: Caelan When: Sep 21, 2012

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Comments: Followed this fine route this afternoon. While I will say that it is physically and mentally demanding (on lead), with all due respect, I do not think that it is sandbagged. That said, this is not a "Beginner's 10a". I am 5'11" and did not have any serious reach issues through the crux. Leaving the helmet on the ground will help w/ placing gear high at the crux and maneuvering. It's a bit wonky (in a Fun way!), and a little uncharacteristic of Lumpy, but if you've done some roofs before, or clim... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Devil's Gulch and Dry Gulch... : Cow Creek Canyon / McGraw R... : Rabbit Ears Rock : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Apr 27, 2012

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Comments: It's only bouldering when you have a crash pad =)


Location: CO : Pictures From Space, Taken ...
By: Caelan When: Sep 25, 2009

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Comments: Thank you SO much for posting this John! As a former NASA employee, and very recent AAC member who hasn't used his AAC resources, it's good to know I can still count on the MP community =)


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Sharkstooth : Photo
By: Caelan When: Jul 2, 2009

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Comments: ...at first glance, she looks like she's wearing a "flight suit", which, might be appropriate, ha!


Location: Jeff R. : Radio Tower Climbing : Photo
By: Caelan When: Jun 8, 2009

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Comments: ...Cornerstone Tower per chance?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Photo
By: Caelan When: May 25, 2009

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Comments: This picture is awesome Greg - thanks for sharing!

...however, I do not think the description matches the Topo I am looking at in Rossiter's 96 guidebook. You can barely see the far right side of the "Bookend" on the far left side of this photo ("Orange Julius" area).

The main crags in the center of the photo from left to right are: "Left Book" (far left), "Bookmark", "Bookmark Pinnacle" (bottom center - zoom in to see how it's in the foreground), "Isis Buttress" (the buttress in the center o... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Bear Lake Trailheads : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : ... : Enter The Dragon (aka Old R... (5.7 M4)
By: Caelan When: May 22, 2009

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Comments: Chris: 1st, this routes look fun - Thanks for posting!

2nd, in your description you mention the "Dead Elk Couloir". Is this the same as the "Dragon's Tooth Couloir"? There appears to be about 4 different names for the couloir that ascends between the Dragon's Tail Rock Buttress and the Dragon's Tooth Rock Buttress. Other names I've heard are "Dragon's Egg Couloir" and "Tower Gully". There must be some kind of magical curse in this area that has warped out minds... But my question is, do you kno... more >>


Location: photos : Photo
By: Caelan When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: Ah Yeah. Nice Vert. What is that? Stalefish? No, wait, just give me a second here. Method? No. Shit. Okay, I confess. I use to street skate, and I was scared of Vert, so I don't know my "air jargon". Help a nostalgic brother out. Damnit, what is that? FS nose grab w/ your back hand?


Location: seth0687 : Pear Buttress : Photo
By: Caelan When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: ...if you zoom in really hard you can see me flipping you off from the summit of Mt. Lady Washington =)


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Crescent Wall : Root Canal (5.9)
By: Caelan When: May 18, 2009

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Comments: This is the first route at Lumpy Ridge where Rossiter's 1996 description and topo did not seem to make sense. He gave this route a "star", but I give it the "finger".

We climbed P1 but could not locate the 2 bolts that were suppose to be there for P2. We saw a bolt 20 ft. to our left for "Milk Run (7 vs)", and a bolt 25 ft. up and to our right, which we assume is for "Hair Lip" (11c).

Maybe we were just blind, but I was not stoked to get up there expecting 5.9 bolt moves only to have these 3 o... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak : Total Abandon (WI4+ M4-5)
By: Caelan When: May 11, 2009

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Comments: Anyone been up here lately? Anybody have any idea what the conditions are like? Anybody want to go climb this?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Photo
By: Caelan When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: This is a nice picture, but I wish I knew which route it was *Hint* =)


Location: Tony B : Climbing Route Pictures Fro... : Photo
By: Caelan When: May 9, 2009

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Comments: Hey Tony, Nice Pic. Do you (or Jason?) know if there is anymore info available on this route, or other Mt. Evan's routes? Cheers!


Location: WA : Southwest Cascades : Mount Rainier
By: Caelan When: Apr 8, 2009

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Comments: How is Liberty Ridge not on here?


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Glacier Gorge : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 13, 2008

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Comments: Nice picture Ross. Would you mind sharing where you took this from? I've been trying to get info on when this route forms up. The ice on the left in this picture does not seem to match the route description though. That looks like some "Unknown" line left of "Snow Bench". Odd. The ice on the right side looks like "Right Gully". Cheers!


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 13, 2008

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Comments: These routes on Pikes Peak look Wild. Are these two routes published anywhere (else)? Any ratings? It continues to amaze me how many Hush Hush routes are still lurking in the depths....


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : The Notch Couloir : Photo
By: Caelan When: Jun 9, 2008

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Comments: What the HELL was I thinking when I thought I could go SOLO this route? Holy HELL, no wonder I backed off yesterday! I feel so much better about that after looking at this photo. What an incredible snapshot! Mucho Kudos!


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Loch Vale & uphill : Cold Storage (WI4)
By: Caelan When: Apr 14, 2008

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Comments: Hey Cam, thanks for piping in! And thanks for putting these into your guide. Though they may not be 4-star climbs, I had a great time away from the crowds. I changed the FA info for ya. Cheers!


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Loch Vale Gorge : L of Lochluster (WI4 M4)
By: Caelan When: Nov 20, 2007

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Comments: A cordelette and/or long slings are great for slinging around the ice pillars on this route. There is only one rap ring on the slings up there though --- it might be good to bring a back-up biner/ring. Other than that, it looks like you could actually keep climbing another short vertical section up and left of the tree and then rap off of the Crystal Meth (aka Lochness Monster?) anchor up higher.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Loch Vale Gorge : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 20, 2007

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Comments: I entered this route into the database as "R of Lochluster". This is a great picture of it. Cheers.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Glacier Gorge : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 10, 2007

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Comments: This variation pitch is sustained w/ good rests and very worthwhile. It's sick, go do it. I would say it goes at an ~Alpine AI4/WI4, M4. It's scrappy thin ice/rocky/turf nature and challenging pro are very memorable.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : Glacier Gorge : ... : Big Mac Couloir (WI4- M4-)
By: Caelan When: Nov 10, 2007

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Comments: B. Gillett and C. Burns both call these routes Grade III, but I respectfully disagree. If the Casual Route on The Diamond is Grade IV, and AMU and the NE Face of Notchtop are Grade III, then these routes seem like they should be Grade IV. Mind you, that's Winter routes vs. a Summer route (e.g. apples vs. oranges), but seriously, the McHenry's/Arrowhead Cirque is both Gi-normous and very far away. Expect a ~16 hr day (which can be difficult in the Winter months) or break it up into 2 days.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Bear Lake Trailheads : Odessa Gorge : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 3, 2007

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Comments: This is a good picture of P1. You can not quite see the cruxy upper section of the pitch (it is obscured by a right-facing rock on the left side). That's where all the FUN is =)


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Bear Lake Trailheads : Odessa Gorge : ... : Photo
By: Caelan When: Nov 3, 2007

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Comments: This is a great picture of the West Gully (an option for descending). But I would highly recommend topping out (if possible) via the left side of the snowfield, and then hiking down the Flattop Trail.


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