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All 104 | Routes 18 | Areas 1 | Photos | Page Improvements 1 | Comments 59 | Posts 1 | Stars 24 | Ratings
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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Element Zero (FA)

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 70'

ME : Camden Hills : the out back

Sep 20, 2014

The Crozier (FA)

5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 40'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 30, 2014

Jerry's Corner

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 40'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 30, 2014

Alpine Spring (FA)

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 35'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 30, 2014

Beautiful Garbage (FA)

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 35'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 30, 2014

The Kuller (FA)

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 50'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 29, 2014

The Real Folk Blues

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a (2)

Trad, 1 pitch, 50'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 29, 2014

Cowboy Bebop (FA)

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a (2)

Sport, 1 pitch, 40'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 29, 2014

Madam Butterfly

5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R (3)

Trad, 1 pitch, 40'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 29, 2014

Common Ground

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b (2)

Trad, 1 pitch, 50'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 29, 2014

The Million Muppet March (FA)

5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (3)

Sport, 1 pitch, 50'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Mos Eisley (FA)

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a (2)

Trad, 1 pitch, 50'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Treasure Island

5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 60'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Firecracker (FA)

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 30'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Sparkler (FA)

5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 35'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Scarecrow (FA)

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (2)

Trad, 1 pitch, 30'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Tin Man (FA)

5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 30'

ME : Camden Hills : Guide's Wall

May 28, 2014

Crunchy Cat

5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c PG13 (1)

Trad, 1 pitch, 160'

NV : Red Rock : ... : Mescalito

Dec 4, 2013

Contributed Areas

Name Location Date

Guide's Wall

ME : Camden Hills

May 28, 2014

Contributed Comments

 

Location: NV : Red Rock : Southern Outcrops : Illusion Crags : Mirage (5.7)
By: Ben Townsend When: 11 hours ago

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Comments: Stout for 5.7; I could believe 5.8 or even easy 5.9 (body size matters, I think). Single rack to #5 Camalot worked well, but I lost track of how many times I leapfrogged the #3 -- more than one of those might be in order.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Mud Spring Canyon : Chuckwalla 21 (5.9 PG13)
By: Ben Townsend When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Agree on the Ballnuts. We didn't take them, but there were obvious spots where they would have worked well, especially before reaching the bolts on the first pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Mud Spring Canyon : Chuckwalla 21 (5.9 PG13)
By: Ben Townsend When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Approach: As you near the red cliff (Chinle Formation), there's a slightly confusing trail junction with cairns leading (1) down into the main wash, (2) straight ahead, and (3) uphill to the right. The ones on the right, which don't seem as obvious, lead to the long switchback north and back south described in Supertopo; the ones straight ahead lead to a third or fourth class slab that cuts out the switchback. No idea where the cairns down and left take you.

Closer to the climb, goin... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : The Rad Cliff : The Chamber of Secrets (5.7)
By: Ben Townsend When: 6 days ago

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Comments: Burly for the grade. Standard rack to #4 Camalot, plus doubles on #2 and #3, seemed about right for doing the whole route in one pitch. Keeping the rope drag manageable is a challenge.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Southern Outcrops : Disappearing Buttress : Vanishing Act (5.9-)
By: Ben Townsend When: Apr 17, 2015

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Comments: Really nice climb; only the worrisome rock quality keeps it from being a four-star classic. On the second pitch, it seemed logical to follow the arete and hand crack on the left, instead of going into the chimney -- done this way, it didn't seem any harder than 5.8. Two #3 Camalots were nice for the hand crack. In retrospect, we should have broken the second pitch into two, belaying at the good ledge at about 100'. The third pitch is spectacular and airy.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak - East : Gentle Ben's Afternoon Deli... (5.8)
By: Ben Townsend When: Apr 12, 2015

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Comments: This route has some really fun climbing, but also more than its fair share of bushes and rubble.

The fixed stoppers mentioned in the description were not to be found. Basically, set the first pitch belay at the base of the obvious corner with the cracks. Second pitch follows the crack past one 5.8 move; persist straight up through the (grabby and annoying) trees to a nice sloping stance. Third pitch diagonals left on easy ground. The last pitch is likewise very easy, pretty much stra... more >>


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