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Member Since: Mar 9, 2004
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Point Rank: # 180
Total Points: 2,788
Last Year: 292
Last 30 Days: 5
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Page Improvements = 3
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All 955 | Routes 56 | Areas 31 | Photos 287 | Page Improvements | Comments 328 | Posts 85 | Stars 155 | Ratings 13
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Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Overview & Waterfall : Sportklettern (5.12a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Sorry, Eric, but that description is horrid. Where is this thing?


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Roof Area : El Rancho (5.13a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: 3 days ago

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Comments: I'll have to try the knee bar next time I'm on it, although I have a hard time finding motivation to try hard if I've already hit something. I'll probably never get on it again. It's not about the joy of climbing, it's about the tick list and the points. NEXT!


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowolf (5.12+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: 3 days ago

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Comments: My impression was that the right start was 5.11ish (and should have a different name). It uses the arete, joins Beowolf (Beowulf) up high, and shares the anchor. Haven't climbed it. I'm just spreading rumors.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Beowolf (5.12+) : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: 3 days ago

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Comments: I'm not hatin', but you've got to put the anchor "XX" at the top of the routes in the future. This looks like you mantel and walk off.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 20, 2014

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Comments: I was thinking more in the V12-V13 range. I need those points!


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Roof Area : El Rancho (5.13a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I have no idea where I could haven gotten a kneebar on this thing.


Location: CO : Durango : Sailing Hawks : Sunday Stroll Boulder : Sunday Stroll (V6)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: So what are we calling this thing with the newly broken hold?


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Grand Canyon National Park : Zoroaster Temple : NE Arete (5.9)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 7, 2014

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Comments: The approach was way more straight forward than I expected. This description is great and nearly every cliff band has fixed ropes. We bat-manned every fixed line up and down, no need for harnesses or rappeling.

I was originally hoping to climb this thing in approach shoes. In the end I brought climbing shoes and was glad I had them.

The rack that Bill Wright suggests (single set from green alien to #3 camalot) is perfect. Don't bother with stoppers. The single #3 is plenty on... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Valley of the Gods/Mexican ... : Tighten Up Tower : Lighten Up (5.9 C1+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Oct 31, 2014

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Comments: I'm so stoked you went and did this thing! Bill and I looked at it and almost did it but after 'Loosen Up' we lacked the motivation. Good work Jeff!


Location: Ben Kiessel : for sale : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Oct 30, 2014

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Comments: SOLD


Location: UT : Moab Area : Kane Springs Canyon : EB's Love Muscle (AKA CB's ... : Putterman Sex Machine (5.5 C0)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Aug 30, 2014

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Comments: Hey Cam,
Do you want me to take the route name off? I could just call it 'Original Route' or something.
Ben


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Oracle : Beaking In Tongues (5.8 A4)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Mar 23, 2014

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Comments: Matt and I climbed this last week in two days. Fixed the first 4 then did the last 3 on day two. This route is definitely climbable in a long day.
My gear suggestions...

-bring swim goggles
-single set micro cams
-triple set from green alien to #2 camalot
-4-5 #3 camalots, 2-3 #4, 2 #5, 1 #6
-a set of stoppers
-hybrid aliens
-2 specters
-5 sets of peckers
-blades, LA, angles, z-pins
-2 lead lines for the last pitch

Great climbing, amazing line!

DO IT!!!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Onion Creek : The Trojan : Everyman's Endless Edge (5.9+ A1+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Feb 14, 2014

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Comments: Clay and I just climbed the second ascent of this awesome route over a day and a half. The route went all clean at 5.9 C2.
If you are looking for a shorter version of this it would be easy to walk up to below the 7th pitch, and climb a 60' moderate pitch to get to the base of pitch 7. Also the tower on pitch 8 and the rappel can be avoided with a short pitch to the right. This short pitch would put you at the start of pitch 9.

We rappelled from the summit to the ground with a one full 60 m... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Durango : US Highway 550 : The Scratch (WI4+ M8+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Feb 1, 2014

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Comments: Short video:



Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Sunshine Wall : Dickfour : Original Route (5.9+ A2+)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jan 31, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the correction.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Durango : US Highway 550 : Seven Year Itch (WI5)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Jan 19, 2014

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Comments: This route can be rappelled with a single 70 meter rope.


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Right Side : Get Off the Cart (and Climb... (5.12a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Dec 26, 2013

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Comments: This route goes from the ground. A powerful little boulder problem at the beginning avoids the need for a "cart". The boulder problem is maybe V4-5? So from the ground maybe 5.12b?


Location: Bill Grasse : pictures : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: What I don't get photo credits?


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Big Bend Butte : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: I top-roped the blue arrows in a 230' pitch while descending 'Clearlight'. It seemed to be 5.11ish, and was super fun.
It would be a fun outing to do it right and lead it.


Location: UT : Moab Area : River Road : Big Bend Butte : Clearlight (5.11 PG13)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: -I thought 'Clearlight' was just as good as 'Infared' just slightly easier.
-We went without the old #5 and didn't wish we had it.
-I brought a green, yellow, red alien on the chimney pitch and placed all 3.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Pyromania (5.12a)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Sep 27, 2013

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Comments: FA: Kris French?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Park Avenue : Photo
By: Ben Kiessel When: Sep 15, 2013

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Comments: Sweet! Thanks Paul.


Location: UT : Moab Area : State Highway 313 : Putterman's Frisbee : The F... (A0 PG13)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Sep 12, 2013

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Comments: Stoked you put a route up. I look up at that thing every time I drive by.


Location: UT : Moab Area : State Highway 313 : Putterman's Frisbee : The F... (A0 PG13)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Sep 10, 2013

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Comments: I always assumed that this was 'Putterman's Frisbee" page 143 in DR2.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : 420 (5.12d)
By: Ben Kiessel When: Sep 9, 2013

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Comments: There was a loose block under the roof that recently fell off while Matt was working the top moves of 420 alone on a fixed line. Apparently it landed where most people belay. Be careful out there.

This might change some peoples sequence slightly but shouldn't affect the grade.


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