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Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Casual Route (5.10a)
By: Stich When: Aug 29, 2010

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Comments: For those of you swinging leads with a leader stronger than you, don't be intimidated by the 3rd pitch. Once you clip the first piton ten feet to the left of the P2 belay, just head out along that ledge and notice how nicely incut the handholds are. The traverse is very solid and you can get plenty of gear at least every ten feet. There are three pins along the line, but you need not find them all. If you don't like the crack you are on, reverse your moves and go up a line or down. It's all ther... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Capitol Peak : Photo
By: Stich When: Jul 25, 2010

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Comments: I saw this yesterday and was thinking the same thing!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Capitol Peak : Northwest Buttress (5.9)
By: Stich When: Jul 25, 2010

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Comments: Dawson's 14er guide has a useful topo for the route. As described, you ascend the 4th class ramp to the right of the Unicorn Tower and then continue up more ramps down and below it to get higher. This side of the buttress has very steep cliffs and an arete. You can penetrate the arete at several points via low 5th class climbing from the ramp.

Echoing Michael's comments about the rating, it is a very psychologically demanding route with the loose rock and seeping water.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Mt. Thorodin
By: Stich When: Jul 5, 2010

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Comments: Did either a link-up or a new route last Saturday combining the obvious ramp to the right of the start of the CMC route and then found features that led back to the left to a narrow walkway just before the summit ride I named The Paso Del Muerte (always loved that name in Mexican caves). I made a hand-drawn topo but would like to overlay it on a better photo sometime.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon
By: Stich When: Jun 29, 2010

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Comments: Elevenmile Canyon is no longer listed on Reserve America. Any beta on how one might now make camping reservations there?


Location: CO : South Platte : Wigwam Creek/Lost Creek Wil... : McCurdy Park Tower
By: Stich When: Jun 27, 2010

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Comments: Really nice outing with Beatrix Kiddo on Saturday, with the exception of ridiculous numbers of mosquitos! We had no insect repellent, so Beatrix made mud by spitting water into dirt and smeared it on her legs and arms. I did the same and it kept the bastards at bay until we climbed into the wind. So bring repellent if you go out into the Platte.

Incidentally, there is an abandoned white rope hung up on some ledges and flakes towards the left side of the wall. Any word on what happened there?

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Location: CO : Job available at Bent Gate ...
By: Stich When: Jun 21, 2010

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Comments: Perhaps Teton Gravity Research would be a good place to post this as well, given the ski experience required.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Bear Lake Trailheads : Odessa Gorge : Notchtop & vicinity
By: Stich When: Jan 10, 2010

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Comments: We went to check out the NE face of Notchtop on 1-10-2010 and found a large amount of unconsolidated snow covering the ice in most places. Only one column was visible from a distance.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Gravitations (5.11d)
By: Stich When: Nov 28, 2009

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Comments: Although I have rarely if ever climbed a route of this grade straight through, I found taking a few rests allowed me to piece it together and have a really good time! Don't pass up this route because it's over your head. You may also be surprised.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock : Jump Start (5.9)
By: Stich When: Nov 8, 2009

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Comments: The offwidth part is only hard if you stay deep in the crack. There are face features on the right side of the wide with ample flakes and foot ledges to get up without resorting to chicken wings and foot stacks.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road : Saint Peter's Overlook : The Martyr (5.9)
By: Stich When: Oct 20, 2009

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Comments: There is a reason that this area has not been all that popular over the years. For one, the approach hike is through a maze of dead trees and nasty undergrowth. At times the "trail" completely vanishes, so bush whacking is de rigeur. The downclimb is actually a bit sketchy, too, as the ledges are all down sloping rather than horizontal. If it was wet from a quick shower it would be none too fun. In all, you have to work a bit to get the climbing in.

Compare that to any number of other S. Platte... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Notchtop : Direct South Ridge (5.9) : Photo
By: Stich When: Sep 20, 2009

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Comments: It's more of a fist crack, but it is friendly due to having some calcite deposits that are smoothed over.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Pangborn's Pinnacle : Center Dihedral (5.9)
By: Stich When: Aug 27, 2009

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Comments: This is an excellent just under a half day outing on good rock with a mountaineering feel to it. The first two pitches comprise the best climbing. It can turn into a grad IV if you have trouble route finding, however, but not too bad.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Mt. Thorodin : Northwest Ridge (5.7)
By: Stich When: Jul 19, 2009

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Comments: The 5.7 rating comes from the Lyons area guidebook, so I kept that in the description. Of course it's easy to miss the 5.7 territory, ha. Skeeter, I doubt anyone else will be up there anytime soon, so your cam will be relatively safe until your return.


Location: Mike Lane : Misc. : Photo
By: Stich When: Jun 28, 2009

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Comments: She has that Eastern Bloc look.

Mike, you should make some Czech cookies with her and she'll lighten up. Make the hazel nut ones with dark chocolate. And get some of that plum liquor into her if you can.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Green Slab Direct (5.9)
By: Stich When: Jun 28, 2009

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Comments: The funny thing about the descent for this and other routes like Rewritten is that it can drop just as much if not MORE rock careening down the talus slope. Who hasn't caused some kind of a rock to dislodge while hiking down? Who hasn't seen one cartwheeling way into the air to possibly bean someone on the trail below you?

Man, that is just the way it is in this area.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Break on Through (5.10b)
By: Stich When: Jun 28, 2009

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Comments: The first pitch of this route is my favorite way to start "Long John Wall."


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock : Route 902 (5.7+)
By: Stich When: May 23, 2009

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Comments: For Pitch 2, after the first offwidth crux and gained the area above, Roland went out on the face on the left next to a very small tree. Here chickenheads galore made for a nice variation. Then you step out to the right back into the crack that takes you to the top.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Rock : Southern Comfort (5.9)
By: Stich When: May 23, 2009

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Comments: The last pitch is the same as for Gobbler's Grunt, accept you bypass the belay for the start. The 5.8 hand crack at the start of pitch two widens up to chicken wing size right after you get in it, incidentally. The traverse after that is pretty wild!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : ... : Photo
By: Stich When: May 19, 2009

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Comments: Excellent!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Devil's Thumb : Devil's Spiral (5.4) : Photo
By: Stich When: May 17, 2009

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Comments: I thought he was Sadam's bitch.


Location: Stonemaster Slide Show & Ta...
By: Stich When: Feb 22, 2009

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Comments: Roy is the real deal. He's the guy wearing that cowboy hat everywhere. Used to guide in California, did Astroman several times. I could go on but then inaccuracies would come into play and Roy hates that. Ha. He's a modest guy.

We've been hanging for some time since meeting on the Taco. If you want to imagine his condition, he describes it pretty well on the thread. The essential thing is that he gets tendinitis at the drop of a hat and doesn't recover from it for at least a week. He can't use ... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : North Cheyenne Canyon : Hully Gully (WI3+)
By: Stich When: Jan 3, 2009

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Comments: As Joshua mentioned, it's fun to finally locate this line yourself after collecting various bits of information over the year like "it can be seen from this hiking trail." We just hiked down to it today and it was cool confirming we picked the right drainage. No one on the ice when we were there, while Silver Cascade was quite popular today.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : North Cheyenne Canyon : Silver Cascade Falls (WI2)
By: Stich When: Jan 3, 2009

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Comments: Go early, as it is a popular guided group destination.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Sand Gulch : Free Form Wall : Barney (5.9+)
By: Stich When: Nov 23, 2008

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Comments: Go right following a nice, new bolted line that finishes up at a twin cold shut anchor. The moves to get there are well protected and not harder than 10a. So the route is in fact not a 5.9.


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