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Location: WA : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River
By: Bill Ballace When: Jun 1, 2014

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Comments: Quietly some of the best climbing in the state...Vantage gets gangbanged and you're likely to have Tieton all to yourself. If you are road tripping through WA Wild Cat Wall, The Bend, and South Fork are not to be missed.


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain : TBA (5.10c/d)
By: Bill Ballace When: Apr 30, 2013

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Comments: I was pleasantly surprised by this route. The bottom is a great bouldery start followed by really astheitc face climbing on the aret, which gives way to a nice crack. Continuing to the top makes for a really nice long route.


Location: WA : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River : Wild Cat Wall : Keel Hauled (5.11b)
By: Bill Ballace When: Jul 17, 2012

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Comments: This is a fantastic route! Amazing, intricate stemming on a full 100' pitch, one of the best in the canyon, maybe the state? Make sure if you place gear before the bolts that the pieces are properly extended because if not the rope can get stuck in the crack at the roof.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Epinephrine (5.9) : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: That looks awesome!


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Trad Lands
By: Bill Ballace When: May 31, 2012

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Comments: Kudos to Free Press Publishing for providing a FREE online guide to N Table mountain! Products like this take MP beyond the guidebook! Just open the pictures and print them! I think that I will print out free guides and make them available at the CSM climbing gym.


Location: WA : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River : The Bend : Bend West
By: Bill Ballace When: May 29, 2012

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Comments: This part of the Bend is excellent!


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain : Bat Crack (5.6)
By: Bill Ballace When: May 29, 2012

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Comments: Thanks Bob.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Risk Area : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: May 24, 2012

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Comments: Not a bolt count error! I'll never be able to climb something if the bolt count isn't perfect. I can't count bolts from the ground, nor can I back clean, and I never take an extra draw or two. Should I even be climbing?


Location: CO : South Platte : Devil's Head
By: Bill Ballace When: May 23, 2012

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Comments: If you enjoy the climbing at Devil's Head, you should pick up a copy of Rampart Range Rocks! It is a great guide and the proceeds go DIRECTLY into continued development and maintenance of routes at The Head. About 20-50 new routes are established every year by the head crew. Support their efforts and expenses with a purchase of Rampart Range Rocks!


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Winterfest Wall : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: May 23, 2012

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Comments: Really nice mini-guide! A few more of these and the guidebook would be obsolete.


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain : Arthritis (5.11a)
By: Bill Ballace When: Oct 3, 2011

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Comments: We trundled the loose death block off the route this weekend.


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain
By: Bill Ballace When: Sep 27, 2011

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Comments: David, there are loads of free camping spots before you get to the crag and if you drive past the final turn up to the crag there are nice spots as well. No camping at the trail head. If you are headed down this weekend the place is crawling with hunters so it might be a bit crowded but you will find a place.


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain : Lorraine (5.10d) : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: Sep 27, 2011

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Comments: lol, photos can be rotated.


Location: OR : Northeastern Oregon : Spring Mountain
By: Bill Ballace When: Aug 29, 2011

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Comments: Really great area!! definitely worth checking out. One of my favorite things about SM is that there are plenty of routes of many grades. It is a great place to take beginners and hardmen/women.


Location: WA : Southeast Cascades & Yakima : Tieton River : Wild Cat Wall : Cat Crack (5.10b/c)
By: Bill Ballace When: Aug 11, 2011

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Comments: Stellar route! What are you waiting for? Go get on it.


Location: Community Forum : The Beauty of Spring! : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: Jul 8, 2010

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Comments: Scooter trash.


Location: WA : Southeast Corner : Granite Point
By: Bill Ballace When: Aug 26, 2008

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Comments:
Yes, you should absolutely buy Inland NorthWest rock by Bland because it supports route development. However, here are the directions per Google from Pullman to Granite Point.

1. Head southwest on N Grand Ave toward W Main St 184 ft
2. Turn right at W Main St 0.6 mi
3. Turn left at Old Wawawai Rd/Wawawai-Pullman Rd
Continue to follow Wawawai-Pullman Rd 11.5 mi
4. Turn right at Wawawai Grade Rd 5.8 mi
5. Continue on Wawawai River Rd 2.0 mi

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Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : Dennis (5.5) : Photo
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 30, 2007

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Comments: thoes shoes are so nice I'd like to take a bite out of 'em.


Location: NM : New Mexico, other Southern ... : Last Chance Canyon
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 21, 2007

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Comments: Isn't the Solstice Cave supposed to be "off limits"? I guess that it is ok for you guys to do whatever you want as long as you have controll over who has the directions. Anyone who wants the beta for this crag can email me directly.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Reservoir Wall : Gurka (5.12-)
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 21, 2007

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Comments: If this is .12- then both Johnny Cat and Wild Cat are .12 because they are way harder. Of course it could just be the size of my digits.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Glue Slippage (5.12b)
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 12, 2007

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Comments: Anyone climbing at this level will certainly understand the subtlety of pulling down rather than out when they reach the "Frisbee" in question. Certainly this route is better than one star. Not a classic, but very good, and well worth doing, especially for the unique lower crux.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 1. Bat Cave : Fang Shui (5.12c)
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 8, 2007

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Comments: Cool route but be aware of loose rock!


Location: NM : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 1. Bat Cave
By: Bill Ballace When: Nov 5, 2007

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Comments: I pulled one hold and literally felt another crumble in my hand, so it is highly advisable to wear a helmet and have your belayer in location free from possible debris. I realize that this is a newish area and New Mexico does not see a lot of traffic but between here and Utopian Vista I pulled three holds (btw I weigh 150lbs so it isn't like I'm some monster of a human). If these two areas see some traffic and clean up some they will be great. I really like the movement that this rock yields.

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Location: NM : Taos Area : Vista Verde Crag : 1. Bat Cave : Axis of Evil (5.13a)
By: Bill Ballace When: Oct 29, 2007

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Comments: Nice description of the route, I find the location to be particularly helpful!


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Overhang Area : Mrs. Hen Places a Peck (5.12a)
By: Bill Ballace When: Oct 28, 2007

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Comments: Another sustained fifty feet of the headwall and this would be one of the best 5.11c's in the Front Range, maybe even as good as Lost Planet Airman or Taping Tendons. By comparison, many find "Bullet The Brown Cloud, .11a/b, at Brown Cloud" to be significantly more difficult. This route is definitely worth doing if you are already here or if you are looking to break into 5.11 errrr I mean 5.12.


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