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Mark Straub

Berkeley, CA
25 years old · Male

Member Since
Feb 3, 2010
Last Visit: 2 days ago
25 Points
Point Rank: #14,842 Details

Mark is in the Partner Finder
Best Times to Meet: Weekends
Likes Trad, Sport, Tr, Gym
Leads Follows
Trad 5.10d 5.11c
Sport 5.10d 5.11c
Aid C2 C3
Ice WI3 WI5
Boulders V3
Favorite Climbs
Slow Children, Milk Road, Beckey-Chouinard
Other Interests
Chemistry, photography, hiking
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Comments View All 22

Apr 2, 2018
This is a fun route that definitely changes character after the 6th pitch, but my partner and I found every… View Comment
Mar 29, 2018
Sweet route! "Perfect hands" is obviously very subjective, and this route involves pulling #3 Camalot move… View Comment
Feb 12, 2018
This was probably the most physically strenuous 5.9 I've ever climbed. It's kind of hard to accurately gra… View Comment
Jan 29, 2018
Climbed this yesterday. A foothold broke when I was moving to the first bolt. I would have taken a nasty… View Comment
Nov 13, 2017
This is one of the best cracks I've ever climbed! Every pitch is excellent. The name is also quite fitting. View Comment
Oct 17, 2017
This pitch is sweet. Just as good as Lunatic Fringe IMO. It climbs a lot cleaner than it looks. The rout… View Comment

Forum Messages View All 80

Gear > Climbing Gear Discussion
Reply: Climbing Rope & Denatured Alcohol
Jun 28, 2018 You're right, I was oversimplifying when I probably shouldn't.  I know that isopropanol won't cleave the amide bonds, but I figured that intercalation of isopropanol betwe… View Message
General > Big Wall and Aid Climbing
Reply: Sketchy lower-outs and ascender falls
Jun 27, 2018 I had some spare cord, webbing, and carabiners, but not enough to leave a piece behind on each of the 12 or so lower-outs without cutting into the lead rack.Leaving cord is cle… View Message
Gear > Climbing Gear Discussion
Reply: Climbing Rope & Denatured Alcohol
Jun 27, 2018 I agree, it's pretty weird.  Maybe isopropanol is just the right shape and size to intercalate between the amide chains, but I'm just speculating at this point. View Message
Gear > Climbing Gear Discussion
Reply: Climbing Rope & Denatured Alcohol
Jun 27, 2018 The chemical composition of the rope may be altered due to isopropanol exposure, even if all the isopropanol is gone.  It's probably okay, but as one of the most critical… View Message
General > Big Wall and Aid Climbing
Reply: Sketchy lower-outs and ascender falls
Jun 27, 2018 Thanks for the tips, Mark!  I really appreciate the advice.   View Message
Gear > Climbing Gear Discussion
Reply: Climbing Rope & Denatured Alcohol
Jun 27, 2018 Chemist here.  All of these are considered organic solvents, but will not act similarly on a rope.  Ethanol is fine- otherwise, many ropes would be rendered useless f… View Message

Route Scores View All 664

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 248
Toxic Shock
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 115
The Moratorium
Trad 4 pitches
V0 4 R
 172
Plumbers Crack (North side chimney)
Boulder
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 404
Levitation 29
Trad, Sport 9 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
Risk Brothers Roof
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 274
The Fox
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Toxic Shock Central-W Casca… > … > Inner Walls > Toxic - Tang Area
Avg:  248
Mark:
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Moratorium Yosemite NP > … > El Capitan Picn… > Schultz's Ridge
Avg:  115
Mark:
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Plumbers Crack (North side… Southern Nevada > … > Kraft Boulders > Plumber's Crack
Avg:  172
Mark:
V0 4 R Boulder
V0- R
Levitation 29 Southern Nevada > … > 12-Oak Creek Ca… > Eagle Wall
Avg:  404
Mark:
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport 9 pitches
Risk Brothers Roof Southern Nevada > … > 01-Calico Basin > Shit Howdy
Avg:  52
Mark:
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Fox Southern Nevada > … > 01-Calico Basin > Fox Area
Avg:  274
Mark:
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad