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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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All 95 | Routes 18 | Areas 1 | Photos | Page Improvements 1 | Comments 51 | Posts | 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: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Cannon Ice Climbs : La Deepfreeze (WI3)
By: Ben Townsend When: Mar 7, 2015

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Comments: P1 is a rope-stretcher on rolling blue moderate ice.
P2 is a long snow section (may want to simul-climb to reach the highest tree belay).
P3 is moderate mixed climbing, about 100' to the trees.
The descent trail is only a few yards straight back from the top. In good late season snow conditions, butt-sliding the trail is very fast and easy, whereas rapping the route from trees would require two ropes and backtracking down the talus.


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Dixville Notch : Beaver Brook Falls (WI2)
By: Ben Townsend When: Mar 7, 2015

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Comments: Located on NH Route 145, not US Route 3 as per the guidebook. Also, be aware that the actual ice climbing section is about 20' high, and the rest is walking.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - East Face : Bambi Meets Godzilla (5.8)
By: Ben Townsend When: Jan 26, 2015

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Comments: The 1986 edition of Randy Vogel's guidebook (the one with the glittery pink-purple cover, it was the 80s after all) briefly credited me with the FA of this route, as I had climbed it with Mingo Morvin in the spring of 1982 and reported it to Randy. It's such an obvious line I wasn't a bit surprised to learn it had been done previously. Even though we didn't do the FA, it appears the name we gave it has stuck. I remember thinking it was about at the top end of 5.8, or maybe easy 5.9.


Location: ME : Camden Hills : Barretts Cove Cliff : Heathrow (WI3+)
By: Ben Townsend When: Jan 3, 2015

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Comments: In typical conditions, a light rock rack is helpful for the first pitch.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Kraft Crags : Classic Crack of Calico (5.9+)
By: Ben Townsend When: Nov 30, 2014

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Comments: What a great climb! Sunny all day, and pretty sheltered from the wind until you top out. We did it in three pitches, plus moving the belay to the base of the last pitch. The descent gully is very intuitive, and extremely well cairned as soon as you find it.

I saw one bolt on the attractive face to the right of the first pitch; seems like it would be worth exploring.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : The Rad Cliff : Basilisk Fang (5.7)
By: Ben Townsend When: Nov 29, 2014

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Comments: An elegant, easy climb. We encountered no loose rock to speak of. The Dementor rap is longer and brushier than one might expect from the guidebook.


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