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Ron Olsen

Boulder, CO

Member Since
Jan 1, 2001
Last Visit: Oct 5, 2018
11,410 Points
Point Rank: #30 Details

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I started climbing in 1980, and enjoy all types of climbing, from single-pitch sport routes to multi-pitch trad and alpine adventures.

I am a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, and lead rock climbing trips for the club, and also teach in the Boulder Group's Trad and Sport Rock Leading Schools.

In the past few years, I have started putting up new routes in Boulder Canyon, primarily at Tonnere Tower, the Bihedral, and Boulder Slips.

Thanks to my route-setting partners: Bob D'Antonio, Greg Hand, Bruno Hache, Mike Amato, and Bruce Hildenbrand for their help in these efforts.

I will continue to look for new, fun, moderate routes that all climbers can enjoy.

Comments View All 396

Aug 10, 2009
Thanks for taking care of this, Greg! View Comment
Jul 26, 2009
Agree with Greg; the stainless-steel ring in the Fixe Trad anchor is plenty strong, and it isn't even the w… View Comment
Jul 5, 2009
Rick Casey wrote:There is a new bolted route just left of Group Therapy, which I led today, which I believe… View Comment
Jun 9, 2009
Condition Report As of 6/8/09, the Sleeping Beauty tyrolean (by the Boulderado/Animal World parking area… View Comment
May 25, 2009
cdg -- the most people I've seen at the Bihedral is 31 (not 45), on a sunny and warm Sunday Feb. 22, 2009.… View Comment
May 23, 2009
Condition report As of 5/23/09, the raptor closure on Blob Rock has been lifted, and the area is now open… View Comment

Forum Messages View All 880

Regional > Colorado
Reply: Boulder Beers at the Dark Horse, Thursday 10/1, 7P…
Sep 30, 2009 This is at the same time as ?Bob D'Antonio's slide show and book signing at Neptune's?...guess you have to decide where you want to go... View Message
General > Injuries and Accidents
Reply: climber dies on empor?
Sep 19, 2009 Empor has two starts: atop a huge boulder, or below and behind the boulder. The latter start is up a 5.8+ dihedral with small and spaced-out protection. The climbing is sustain… View Message
General > Injuries and Accidents
Reply: Boulder Canyon accident 9/17/09
Sep 18, 2009 My guess is that the injured climber's partner went down to the Cob Rock parking area to get help, saw or flagged down a CDOT truck, and they radioed for help. Faster than dri… View Message
General > Trad Climbing
Reply: Trango Alpine Equalizer
Aug 26, 2009 The strength of the webbing in the Alpine Equalizer is 25kN. Other non-redundant components: rope, harness (16kN), belay carabiner (25kN), belay device. Inspect your Alpine E… View Message - the site > Discuss
Reply: Vee are Sinking, Vee are Sinking!
Aug 24, 2009 Spam posts have been deleted, and whole890's user account will be terminated. View Message
Regional > Colorado
Reply: Bob D's new Boulder Canyon guide?
Aug 13, 2009 The new guide book is excellent -- great binding, color photo topos, hundreds of new routes not in any other guidebook. Nice compact size. I especially like that sport routes a… View Message

Route Scores View All 508

5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Made In The Shade
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Talking Out Of Turn
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stayin' Alive
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Total Eclipse
Sport 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
El Matador
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Made In The Shade Golden > Clear Creek Canyon > Canal Zone
Avg:  501
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Talking Out Of Turn Boulder > … > Animal World > Middle Animal World
Avg:  179
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Showtime Boulder > … > Tonnere Tower > Garden
Avg:  46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Stayin' Alive Boulder > … > Tonnere Tower > Sport Land
Avg:  245
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Total Eclipse Boulder > … > Tonnere Tower > Sport Land
Avg:  118
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
El Matador Devils Tower > W Face
Avg:  179
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches