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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Twin Owls : Pin Route (5.5)
By: Andy Novak When: 2 days ago

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Comments: The 3rd pin encountered along the ramp on the Sky Route (after the pin route shoots up) is no longer there. I easily removed it with my fingers. It is regrettable this relic is gone, but I thought it was safer to remove it rather than have it clipped and fallen upon.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Friendship Boulders
By: Andy Novak When: Jul 25, 2014

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Comments: Like for Patrick, these boulders have a special place in my heart. We used to spend countless fall afternoons playing and learning here, grabbing some atrocious food from the dining hall, then returning and climbing by headlamp. Just make sure to keep things very low key (no music, large groups, smoking, etc.), or the Y will take notice. I'm glad that my favorite boulders are not listed and still hidden from the masses. Sorry, but most/all of these routes are overgraded.


Location: Leavittator : I bolt routes for Chris Sha... : Photo
By: Andy Novak When: Jun 16, 2014

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Comments: I have a photo of Sharma sending the pink route at my gym, yet somehow this photo seems far, far cooler..


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Photo
By: Andy Novak When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: "This is a handsome bird at a little distance."

-William Clark (Lewis and Clark)


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Shelf Cirque : Shelf Cirque Traverse (Easy 5th)
By: Andy Novak When: Jul 15, 2013

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Comments: Not Grade IV.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Mt. Conness : West Ridge, Mount Conness (5.6)
By: Andy Novak When: Jul 12, 2013

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Comments: Both approaches are long, but If you have the time, I recommend an overnight at Young lakes as opposed to the one-day approach. Note that the Supertopo has a MAJOR error concerning the approach from this direction. DO NOT go up to the ridge then decend back down the gully to start the route; instead simply cross the drainage in the morning and walk over to the base of the route: takes about 2 hours from Lower Young lake if you're taking your time. Amazing couple days of there... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : Shake 'N' Bake (5.7 R)
By: Andy Novak When: May 28, 2013

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Comments: Soooooo, it's a 25-foot 5.7 free solo on terrible rock? WHY would you post this? Why would you name this "route"? This is not a route. This is lame.


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - South : Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : O Crags (Three Finger Canyo... : 1000' of Fun (5.6)
By: Andy Novak When: Apr 5, 2013

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Comments: Climbed it on 3/26/13. What a cool climb and place. Webbing is in reasonable shape, but top of 1st and 2nd may need some attention soon. On the descent, allow LOTS of time. As stated above, its annoying to say the least getting the ropes down the lower angle stuff.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : Changing Corners (5.8)
By: Andy Novak When: Jan 25, 2013

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Comments: Wow, I strongly disagree. This route isn't that inspiring. If you want to clip a bolt, there are 2 far better sport routes around the corner.


Location: General Climbing : Craziest Summit Shenanigan : Post : Photo
By: Andy Novak When: Sep 27, 2012

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Comments: littering is lame.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Rewritten (5.7)
By: Andy Novak When: Feb 5, 2012

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Comments: My partner and I left a light blue Metolius cam at the lower belay station atop the 4th pitch (just below the dead-tree belay ledge) on 1/29. It's wiggling, and I'm sure someone with more skills than us will be able to get it out. Its return would be most appreciated. Reward! Message through this site. Thanks!


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock
By: Andy Novak When: Jul 28, 2011

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Comments: Watch rock fall in the area. Wear a helmet. All those fist-sized and above rocks at the base of the climbs clearly came from somewhere....


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Route 166 (5.6)
By: Andy Novak When: Jul 28, 2011

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Comments: Yes, the bolts are indeed gone. WHY? Whoever the assface was that did it didn't do a very good job. If you're going to chop bolts, do it the RIGHT WAY. Now what is left is an atrocity. Such POOR FORM.


Location: Andy Novak : Desert : Photo
By: Andy Novak When: Apr 14, 2011

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Comments: Germ, remember when you got 20 feet up Generic then pussed out? I do.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Batman Pinnacle : Batman and Robin (5.6)
By: Andy Novak When: Oct 3, 2010

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Comments: As per the goatboywonder's advice, there is ONLY ONE RAP on the decent, off the top of the pinnacle. if you are rapping off tress or logs (?) you are SCREWING UP. Keep heading East along the base of Batman Rock then down an easy trail and you will arrive at your packs without the dangerous, chossy, and highly impactful gully descent that most people who don't know any better seem to be using these days.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Mainliner (5.9)
By: Andy Novak When: Aug 31, 2010

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Comments: A belay anchor and three pieces of gear MAY have been left at the top of pitch 2 and into the stem box on P3 due to an emergency evacuation that took place on Aug 29. If found, please PM or call 3 zero three, 6 four 1 four 9 five two. I will try to return said gear to the proper party. Thanks, Andy


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Golden Shower Wall : Pushing Two Hundred (5.11b/c)
By: Andy Novak When: Aug 24, 2010

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Comments: Hey, Ryan, you joined this site 4 hours ago. Much like the Boy Scouts who put up this nightmare of a route, you have no idea what you're talking about. Look at the people who have commented; Helmuth, Daly, Hill, these are pillars of the local community. "Golden Shower Wall?" Really? You guys have a lot to learn. Like I said above, atrocities like this belong in Boulder Canyon. Man up, and take out the bolts.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Golden Shower Wall : Pushing Two Hundred (5.11b/c)
By: Andy Novak When: Aug 23, 2010

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Comments: Wow...just, wow. Good job guys, whoever you are, for putting up the most retarded route I have ever seen. What are your real names?

EDIT: In the future, stick to Boulder Canyon and STAY OUT OF THE PARK.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Scarface : Unknown 5.9 (5.9)
By: Andy Novak When: May 26, 2010

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Comments: As of 5/10 there is a name plaque at the base of this climb that says "Dr. Awkward, 5.9". Seems about right.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Combat Rock : Arkansas Patriot (aka Wonde... (5.9+)
By: Andy Novak When: Mar 9, 2010

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Comments: ON March 6, 2010, we saw very fresh, very large Mt. Lion tracks in the snow below this climb. Ironic, given the original name. Be careful with dogs or on the hike back to the car. After the fun, technical face sequence, relax at the chains and survey the valley for Puma Concolor.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Fall River Road (US 34 West... : McGregor Slab : Camel Toe (5.9+)
By: Andy Novak When: Jun 9, 2009

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Comments: I'm trying not to sound like a jerk here, but the 4 bolts up the "low angled slab" are totally ridiculous. Rossiter calls this slab 3rd class. Not sure of that is true, but 4 bolts 12 feet apart up a 5.0 slab seems completely inappropriate considering the route's 5.9 rating. We were shocked and saddened to see those bolts on such an easy slab in such a beautiful place. So very LAME.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Hen and Chickens : Hagakure (5.12a) : Photo
By: Andy Novak When: Jan 20, 2009

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Comments: This picture is badass Q! I must give Bronson some serious props for this one.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Left Book : Hiatus (5.7)
By: Andy Novak When: Jan 20, 2009

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Comments: P2 features lots of classic Lumpy slab footwork. Easy, but you better have seasoned calves to deal with the pump. And I think the pro up top when leaving the corner is..tricky. Have your .7+ head on. Great route and a great intro to the world of Lumpy Ridge.

5.7c.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Lone Eagle Peak : Sleep-In Block (5.10c/d)
By: Andy Novak When: Oct 21, 2008

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Comments: "Toe right, low hand, throw right hand high for solid jug"

I'm sorry, but is this page for real???


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Titan : Finger of Fate (5.8 A2)
By: Andy Novak When: Sep 16, 2008

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Comments: Just an FYI: The November, 1962 National Geographic (VOL 122, NO. 5) has the A-mazing story of the first ascent of this route, written by none other than Hunt Ingalls himself. Great photos of Kor drilling and cleaning a bolt hole, 1960's gear, and the austere Fisher landscape. One caption reads, "Bricklayer Kor spends holidays scaling rocks in record time". Just great stuff.

Title is "We Climbed Utah's Skyscraper Rock"


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