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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Angel's Landing : Prodigal Sun (5.8 C2)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Jun 4, 2002

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Comments: Some guide books call this route grade IV or IV+. Though it can be done in one long day, it is far more technical than many grade V's in Yosemite. For example, the South Face of Washington's Column has only 3 pitches of C1 aid (the rest is free with a total of 10 pitches). Also, other Zion routes like Touchstone Wall have substantially less aid at the grade IV level (only 3 pitches in this case). I think that Prodigal Sun deserves its original rating of grade V.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Upper Peanuts : Sunrider (5.11c)
By: Aaron Shupp When: May 31, 2002

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Comments: Nice line! Everything is fairly simple except for two or three 5.11 moves around the 2nd and 3rd bolts. A little height may help. I certainly had to reach a bit here.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Kingfisher : Colorado Northeast Ridge (5.8 C2)
By: Aaron Shupp When: May 31, 2002

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Comments: I just climbed this route a couple of weeks ago. That P2 chimney really isn't that bad. Although deep within, the back of the chimney has some fairly good pro. Some larger cams work nicely (#2 and #3 camalots) as well as some stoppers. There are, however, some kinda spooky parts where the sandy mud crumbles and cracks with the slightest touch. Overall, P2 is fun (assuming your bag is sandstone chimneys). The last pitch chimney is also fun. The protection there is very reasonab... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Cat Wall
By: Aaron Shupp When: Apr 16, 2002

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Comments: There are actually two places to hike in from.Another road (slightly shorter and less rugged) comes into another parking area further to the south. It is a littler farther from the main area, but provides closer access to the routes further south down the wall.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Pistol Whipped : Short and Stupid (5.8+)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Apr 16, 2002

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Comments: The easiest way to climb this seems to be to jam your left foot while using your right foot to smear.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Pistol Whipped : Skidmarks (5.10-)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Apr 16, 2002

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Comments: Chris is right, definitely watch the thin flakes at the top. One of them wiggled a bit when I touched it.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill
By: Aaron Shupp When: Apr 8, 2002

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Comments: My friend from Ft. Collins likes to chalk his face, back, and chest before tackling any of the offwidths here (I certainly don't).


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : The Unsaid (5.9)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Apr 8, 2002

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Comments: This route is certainly not very difficult for the grade; however, the gear is fairly thin in places. The whole pitch really only needs about 3 or 4 nuts or tiny cams. Also, most of the climb really depends on the face-holds to the right of the crack. Go up a few moves, then step left.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : Mesca-Line (5.7)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 28, 2002

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Comments: Definitely get a piece in before the undercling moves. There isn't anything great once you are above. Last year when I was on Pony Express, I watched a guy take a thirty-footer trying to top out. He was caught by a stopper that was much further down. Since this route is not as vertical as it may appear, I was not surprised that the falling guy sprained his ankle on a tiny, slabby ledge on the way down.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 28, 2002

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Comments: With a "stretchy" anchor and a 60m rope, both P1 and P2 can be combined as well as P3, P4, and P5 to make this a two pitch route. Never the less, combining the last three can give you a bit of rope drag that may be unpleasant.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Southwest Friction (5.4)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 28, 2002

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Comments: There is also a bolt on the face.


Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Morrison Boulders : Tree Slab : Left Side Arete (V1)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 27, 2002

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Comments: Definitely use a pad. Our good friend, J.G., took an ankle tweeker here.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Sugar Crack (5.7)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 20, 2002

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Comments: This is certainly a fun pitch. There are some nice stems that make it even easier.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice : Lawsuit (5.10b)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 19, 2002

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Comments: This is a one-move wonder. There is just one hard pull to surmount the bulge. Everything else is extremely easy.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : C-Section : Radiation Fear (5.11a)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: Althogh the last few moves are a little tricky, 5.11a seems a little overated to me. Nevertheless, I certainly enjoy the climb.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: As I do not believe climbers are responsible for the majority of the garbage being flung all over Castlewood, I have taken it into my own hands to remind some ignorant folks on a few occasions that the canyon is not a landfill. Five years ago, I began a volunteer biannual cleanup project comprised of friends with grocery bags who cleared many of the walls and trails of rubish. To my dismay, the trash seems to continue to accumulate in some of the less conspicuous areas. As a favor to the Wood... more >>


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Dungeon
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: By the way, be sure to tar and feather those nasty savages who keep breaking glass bottles all over the Dungeon.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Dungeon
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: Walking towards the Dungeon from Falls Wall, there is a crevase that can be found along the canyon rim. A few easy chimney moves drop you into a windy passage way that eventually opens up into The Dungeon.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls : Scandanavian Dreams (5.11a)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: The first time I climbed this route eight years ago, my friends and I discovered a golder eagle nest on the ledge half way up the route. Mama eagle, with her six-foot wing span, dive-bombed us as we hurried passed to avoid the nest full of tiny white eaglets. Since then we have all avoided this climb. I'm assuming that due to the high traffic these days the eagles have gone away. Nevertheless, I would recommend checking it out before getting pecked to death.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Project X Wall : Rest in Pieces (5.10b)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: After you make the last clip, you can move to a great hold a few feet over to the left. This allows you to move your feet much higher and makes the finish more of a 5.9 ordeal. The crux seems to be below the final roof. If you aren't very tall, crimping straight up the finish may be slightly more difficult.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls : Bozo No No (5.11a)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: I used to climb this route with some regularity about seven or eight years ago. I quit doing it after a 1/4 inch bolt pulled right out in my friend's finger tips. That single bolt wasn't essential to protect the route, but the experience was rather disconcerting. Does anyone know if the bolts have been replaced?


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls : Blood Pudding (5.9+)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 18, 2002

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Comments: The first half of this route is a walk up. There is one kind of awkward move getting onto the chest high lip that sticks out midway up the climb. The remaining six to ten feet are steep, but there are fairly big holds.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : James Peak
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 15, 2002

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Comments: I climbed one of the couloirs back in June of 2000. I'm not sure which one. The snow was soft enough to kick step. I found that out after realizing that I forgot my crampons. However, I would certainly recommend using them. I don't know if a rope would do much good very late in the season. But if the steeper routes are well frozen, some protection may or may not be useful.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : C'est La Vie (5.11b)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 15, 2002

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Comments: If you don't want to do the 5.11 corner, a fun alternative is to climb the beautiful arete to the right for the second pitch. I think it is around 5.8 or so, but I'm not exactly sure. Never the less, there are a few sections of poor, thin protection; so bring small gear.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : C'est La Vie (5.11b)
By: Aaron Shupp When: Feb 15, 2002

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Comments: Both the first and second pitches seem to protect reasonably well. However, I'm not sure I'd want to fall on a few of those manky pins. I found that most can be backed up with small nuts, though.


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