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Location: New Mexico : Jemez Valley Area : Battleship Rock : Battleship Direct (5.8)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Sep 7, 2011

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Comments: I just climbed this. The whole climb is choss top to bottom. There were a few large boulders (200 lbs+)that moved on me and I pushed back in place. Unfortunately the boulders could land on picnickers below. Honestly, the idea of the route is good, but the rock needs to be cleaned with someone on the ground keeping the area clear.
Also there were flowers in a vase placed up on the first pitch. Anybody know what that is about? A climber must have put them there.

Location: California : San Bernardino Mountains : Running Springs Area : Keller Peak : Hungover Wall : ... : Doug's Dilemma (5.13a)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Mar 18, 2011

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Comments: Was this bolted in 2002? I believe I climbed this in the late 1990's--like 1998--on a visit to California.

Location: Colorado : Devil's Tower National Monu...
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jul 9, 2010

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Comments: Why was the closure lifted?

Location: New Mexico : Jemez Valley Area : Las Conchas : Gateway Rock : Flake Out (5.11a)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jun 4, 2010

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Comments: Some nuts can use tightening again as of 6-5-10. I am not saying that it is unsafe, like the studs are going to rip out, just that the nuts are loose and whoever climbs it next should bring a wrench.

I agree that the climb is in the 5.10 range. Maybe 5.10b or c.

Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge : The Meadows : Taco Time (5.6)
By: Steve DiMarino When: May 31, 2010

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Comments: I never saw a first bolt and clipped the second at 20 feet up. This is not a 5.6 by any means. Like Celeb I about passed out from the heat and water loss, but for what it is worth, I think it is 5.9 at the top. Maybe I was delirious from the heat, but 5.6 climber be warned.
Also it is easier to get to the first bolt (that I saw 25 feet up) from the left gully rather than the right.

Location: Oklahoma : Wichita Wildlife Refuge
By: Steve DiMarino When: May 31, 2010

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Comments: A few things you should keep in mind when planning a trip to the refuge:

It is VERY humid and hot in the summer. All the climbing that we found, except for a cave area found on upper Mount Scott, is in the sun until later in the afternoon. Even The Meadows, which promised to be North facing by the guide book was directly in the sun until about 1:30 pm. (Somebody please list some a.m. shady climbing if you know of any.)

Bring long (20+ foot) slings or cords to build anchors around boulder... more >>

Location: New Mexico : Jemez Valley Area : Las Conchas : Cattle Call Wall Area : Johnny Can't Lead (5.7+)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Oct 24, 2009

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Comments: I did this route with a few cams and discovered that is was much more fun than the other easier stuff on Cattle Call so I went ahead and bolted it. The low first bolt seems stupid until you climb it. I had the new, not so confident, 5.7 or 5.8 leader in mind when I put it there. Otherwise, it would be a stick clip climb. I guess that is my apology for it.

Location: Colorado : Durango : East Animas
By: Steve DiMarino When: Aug 10, 2009

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Comments: Anyone know what a "Standard East Animas Rack" is? The route descriptions assume everyone knows what an Animas rack is. "Protection: Standard East Animas Rack"...Huh?...If we knew that we wouldn't be reading the damn thing. You have to laugh, but how about telling us what the rack is?

Location: Colorado : Ouray vicinity (rock) : The Pool Wall : The Alcove : Lunch Bucket? (dubbed No Se... (5.10b)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Aug 3, 2009

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Comments: This route is 11b or so if you follow the unnatural bolt line. The true line is to the right, but since you are off the bolt line a fall at the third bolt will give you a good swing and smack into the wall. Not a recommended lead if 5.10 is near your limit. Maybe some holds fell off since it was bolted and rated 10b.

Location: Colorado : Alpine Rock : San Juans : Engineer Pass
By: Steve DiMarino When: Aug 3, 2009

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Comments: We did some route in between the two listed in the guide book, but we thought for the first few pitches that we were on Texas Wheelchair Massacre. It was 1200 feet of loose rock. It seems that Jason is correct in saying that there is a possibility for these rocks to hit people parked at the base of Engineer Pass. This wall would be great if it had a good cleaning, but the bottom is a popular spot for Jeepers, so be very careful of starting a rockfall. We ran into some huge boulders ready to ... more >>

Location: Colorado : Durango : Photo
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jun 25, 2009

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Comments: Any more info on this? This is very interesting.

Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Sitting Bull Falls : Big Horn Wall : It is not Necessary for Eag... (5.12c)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jun 20, 2009

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Comments: It is like counting coup in difficulty except a one move crux on a crimper.

Location: New Mexico : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Sitting Bull Falls : Rose Bud Wall : Dwight's White Christmas (a... (5.11b)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jun 20, 2009

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Comments: This is the only route at the falls that Gogus didn't put up. He didn't put it up because it is not quality. Some British guy came for a weekend and rap bolted it. It is a poor route and bolted like random crap as well. The only bad route at Sitting Bull Falls. Just skip it and enjoy your visit on some of the best sport climbing around. Try Counting Coup, the best and most consistent 12B I've ever come across.

Does anyone know if the bees are still there?

Location: New Mexico : Jemez Valley Area : Upper East Fork (UEF) : Spaghetti Western Wall Area : Toy Gun Show (5.6)
By: Steve DiMarino When: Jun 14, 2009

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Comments: If you are looking for a 5.5 for the kids, this is a poor choice. It is likely 5.7 unless you are really tall and can reach high over each block.

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