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Jan 2, 2013
I hope that 2012 was good climbing year for you all. If so, let's hear it!

What were the top routes of 2012 for you? Try and keep lists below 10 if possible.
Eric D
From Gnarnia
Joined Nov 29, 2006
115 points
Jan 2, 2013
Excalibur - Wendenstöcke Switzerland Pitty
From Marbach
Joined Apr 27, 2011
10 points
Jan 2, 2013
Several great trips to RRG, no broken bones for 4th year in a row...I'm good. Woodchuck ATC
Joined Nov 29, 2007
505 points
Jan 2, 2013
Birds of Fire, RMNP. David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
140 points
Jan 2, 2013
I did a lot of great mountains in the Sierra this year.

Bear Creek Spire
North Palisade
Cathedral Peak

Did some fun rock and ice routes but none that I'm terribly proud of. I'm hoping for more in 2013.
Garret Nuzzo-Jones
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Feb 9, 2012
1,123 points
Jan 2, 2013
Original Route on Rainbow Wall (Red Rocks, March), the Black Dike (Cannon, NH, last ice season), and basically everything in Kalymnos (October). sthomas
Joined Apr 5, 2010
30 points
Jan 2, 2013
Eric D wrote:
I hope that 2012 was good climbing year for you all. If so, let's hear it! What were the top routes of 2012 for you? Try and keep lists below 10 if possible.

What were yours Eric?
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Jun 18, 2006
760 points
Jan 2, 2013
N. Ridge of Mt. Stuart in a day, and Mt. Hayden in the Grand Canyon for me. JacobD
From Flagstaff, AZ
Joined Jun 18, 2006
760 points
Jan 2, 2013

1 Venusian Blind 5.7, 14 pitches on temple crag in palisades.

2 West Crack 5.9 Tuolumne Meadowns.

3 Dana Coloiur in Tuolumne Meadows.

4 Thunderbolt Peak early season ascent in Palisades via colouir with half a pitch of 40° ice.

Big Wall
5 South Face of Washington Column in the valley (bailed after Kor's wall due to heat)
Joined May 28, 2010
103 points
Jan 2, 2013
A good bunch of routes at NRG and across NC, but here are a few that stand out:
Homer Erectus- NRG (memorable because it was the 1st time I RP'ed the grade in just a couple of tries)
Blue Chock- Moore's Wall, NC (had climbed before but had not led)
Invisible Airwaves at Looking Glass, NC
East Buttress of Middle Cathedral-Yosemite
Central Pillar of Frenzy-Yosemite
RNWF of Half Dome-Yosemite
From Davis, CA
Joined Dec 3, 2009
25 points
Jan 2, 2013
While I didn't do as many long routes as i would've liked, Dream of Wild Turkeys and The Black Dagger in Red Rocks were both pretty fantastic. Points of Contact at T-Wall and Roseland at the Gunks were both memorable. Back to the Front at Seneca. Everything my fingers had the good fortune of touching at the New, but Rapscallions Blues, Black and Tan, and Lost Souls stand out as favorites. Seth Derr
From harrisburg, pa
Joined Apr 19, 2010
1,825 points
Jan 2, 2013
I was fortunate to have a month-long break between jobs this summer, which I spent in the Sierra and Yosemite. Highlights included:

  • Harding Route on Conness
  • soloed E Arete of Bear Creek Spire (unfinished business)
  • Steck-Salathé on the Sentinel
  • solo car-to-car link-up of Moon Goddess Arete on Temple, Galey, Sill, Polemonium, N Pal, Starlight and Thunderbolt

TR with pics here.

Looking forward to another summer of alpine granite.
From leeds, ut
Joined Apr 30, 2006
12,086 points
Jan 2, 2013
Nothing long or epic but...:

1. Nude ascent of Temples of Stone, 5.10a sport Payne's Ford NewZealand

2. Onsights of Waimea 5.10d and P1 of Tropicana 5.11a, Rumney NH

3. Leading trad at all. Hopefully 2013 sends some mentors my way (hint-hint).
Racing In The Streets, 5.8 trad, Charleston, NZ

4. Flashing several V5s. Thrutching through the Unrepeatable Mantel V6, Castle Hill NZ

5. Returning to climbing shape after destroying my ankle Thanksgiving 2011 and
Meeting/befriending new partners across the world :)
From San Diego, CA
Joined Mar 15, 2012
5 points
Jan 2, 2013
Did a couple spurt prodges. Got back to the wingate after too many years away. Did some fa's. did not do any big stuff this year, which I'm bummed about. Am more bummed about wrapping up the year with a broken foot. camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Joined Jun 27, 2006
1,190 points
Jan 2, 2013
Kautz Glacier on Rainier superkick
From West Hartford, CT
Joined Aug 23, 2011
5 points
Jan 2, 2013
Being part of a resque in May. Taking a 40 ft. fall and not injuring myself. Graham S
From Riverside, CA
Joined Apr 26, 2010
0 points
Jan 2, 2013
  • Climbed a dozen alpine routes with some great partners, including 3 days on the Diamond and 3 on Mt. Evans.
  • Finally red-pointed the Naked Edge a few days before my 40th birthday!
  • Did some road trips to some new and old destinations. (City of Rocks, Devil's Tower, Moab, Cochise, Uinta's, Mt. Lemmon)

I am looking forward to some warmer weather!
Guy H.
From Fort Collins CO
Joined Jan 1, 2001
6,751 points
Jan 2, 2013
Summitted Cotopaxi - first mountaineering experience

Lots of awesome climbing in Ecuador at new (to me) crags.

Discovered Shortoff Mtn. in Linville Gorge - one of my new favorite crags after only one trip. Dopey duck, Construction Job, Straight and Narrow all stellar.

Several great NRG trips - highlights include onsighting Legacy, Bullet the New Sky (on TR... redpoint is a goal for '13), Black and Tan, Burning Calves.
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Nov 7, 2011
185 points
Jan 2, 2013
First ever trips to Rumney and Whitehorse Ledge in NH.
First Sport Lead and multi-pitch (clip-a-dee-doo-da)
First ever 5.10 and V4+ (up to 5.10- on lead in the gym)

(not very impressive to most of you, I'm sure, but a big deal for me.)
From Milford, MA
Joined Mar 1, 2012
115 points
Jan 2, 2013
Climbing w/ some hard cranking chicks. Everything else was pale in comparison. reboot
From Westminster, CO
Joined Jul 17, 2006
50 points
Jan 2, 2013
First ever trad lead! I led 1st pitch of Safari Jive (5.8) at Looking Glass. Highlight of my life. Lance S
From Maryville, TN
Joined Jul 22, 2012
0 points
Jan 2, 2013
Celebrated my 50th birthday on top of Mt. Whitney. It was my first mountaineering experience. KathyS
From Poughkeepsie, NY
Joined Nov 16, 2007
0 points
Jan 2, 2013
In no particular order:

Hald-dome in a day
Positive Vibrations
The Rostrum
FA of Jolt Train - because I tried so hard I thought I was going to throw up
Solar Slab to Eagle Dance link-up
Desert Shield - despite not finishing we threw the wall rager of the century. I apologize to the parties sleeping on Moonlight Buttress that probably thought we were very, very annoying.
Eric D
From Gnarnia
Joined Nov 29, 2006
115 points
Jan 2, 2013
Being able to climb again after a little over a year off due to a head injury and being in a coma. Jay Eggleston
From Denver
Joined Feb 5, 2003
13,690 points
Jan 2, 2013
For me my top three (in this order) were:

1. Southwest Ridge, Peak 11,300
2. Astroman
3. Primrose Dihedrals
Mike Tsuji
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 9, 2009
265 points
Jan 2, 2013
The Barb on Spearhead - RMNP
Center Route on Cynical Pinnacle - South Platte
"Fat Date" linkup at Lumpy
Esthesia - Spider's Web, ADKs
Fear of Touching Aerie linkup - Moss Cliff, ADK (best route in the park?)
Beef Jello - City of Rocks, ID (hardest clean trad lead to date at 5.10d)
From Dryden, NY
Joined Mar 2, 2010
50 points

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