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Ronin Gray

Smoke Hole Canyon
54 years old · Male

Member Since
Apr 28, 2008
Last Visit: Jun 30, 2017
376 Points
Point Rank: #2,207 Details

Likes Trad, Sport, Tr, Gym
Leads Follows
Trad 5.10a 5.11a
Sport 5.10a 5.11b
Aid C2 C1
Boulders V5
Favorite Climbs
Gypsies, River Song, Shattered Illusions, Good Enough To Steal aka Beautiful Loser, Illusion Dweller, White Punks on Dope, Resolution, Bakefest in America, Slappin' Stinky, Bridgeburners, Green Wall, Team Machine, New River Yosemite, Central Pillar of Fre
Other Interests
writing, non-technical photography, cooking, trail building, reading
Personal / Fav Site
More Info
How many generations of noobs do you try to teach and mentor, before throwing in the towel because, while you have been doing your very best, all the advocacy groups and 99% of experienced climbers wouldn't dare risk membership dues or cool points by ever confronting someone or speaking out about something wrong at the crag or among climbers?

(Note that posting about it online, even with pics, is NOT confronting the situation... it is soundbytes.)

How do you just keep on keeping on when those advocacy groups routinely support programs that create more impact by creating hundreds of new climbers every year, and, in some cases, teaching them to drill, while pretending that Jeep is actually a tool for conservation and a necessary part of trail work?

When your local affiliate is all about working within an hour of the beltway, but not doing anything at the sport crag they all trash, mainly because it is three hours from a Starbucks, way down in the hills of WV?

When the local guides have cost access to more private land than they have opened, mainly because they couldn't be bothered to find out if it was private or respect that if they knew?

When the local climbers have so little community that the climbing shop, open for decades and located just off of a major interstate, near a university, closed without warning, right after the holidays?

Climbing for 36 years and counting; 153 first ascents, sport and trad, ground-up, rap, whatever...

If I haven't offended you yet, please be patient... I'm working as fast as I can.

Now stop mouth-breathing and go back to your Big Up DVD of three guys trying the same bouldering move for two hours while screaming at each other and pretending this is "soul climbing".


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Ticks View All 11

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
Illegal Dihedral
Jan 6, 2013 · Killer! Climbed this when it was brand new but hung at the crux. Nice to get it clean!
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
South Side Classic
Sep 2, 2012
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 152
Cussin' Crack
Aug 5, 2012
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 3
Early Retirement
Apr 11, 2010 · Not as bad as the sally who put it on MP makes it sound.... just requires some sackage.
Trad, Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
A Moment of Clarity
Oct 31, 2008
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 2
Spring Break
Apr 9, 2001 · First Ascent
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Illegal Dihedral Central Arizona > … > Northern Devils… > Stormwatch Wall
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jan 6, 2013 · Killer! Climbed this when it was brand new but hung at the crux. Nice to get it clean!
South Side Classic Buena Vista > Elephant Rock
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sep 2, 2012
Cussin' Crack Boulder > Boulder Canyon > Castle Rock
 152
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Aug 5, 2012
Early Retirement Franklin Gorge > Main Wall > Impact Zone
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Sport
Apr 11, 2010 · Not as bad as the sally who put it on MP makes it sound.... just requires some sackage.
A Moment of Clarity Franklin Gorge > Main Wall > Contact Zone
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Oct 31, 2008
Spring Break Central Arizona > … > Northern Devils… > amphitheater
 2
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Apr 9, 2001 · First Ascent

Tick Breakdown

Pitches Routes Days Out
90 Days 0 0 0
Last Year 0 0 0
5 Years 0 0 0
All Time 14 11 11

Where Ronin Climbs