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Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Traditional Area
By: Bill Lawry When: 1 day ago

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Comments: T-Storm approach ... got me to thinking about putting a bolted hanger with a rappel ring up at the pitch 1 belay spots for Commie Pinkos and Gnarly so that if people need to bail they can do so without leaving any gear. Your thoughts and input?

I am not a "local" climber but often make a pilgrimage to the area in late spring / early summer. In general, the cliff at the traditional area offers a low-commitment introduction to multi-pitch. The routes are the shortest practical multi-pi... more >>


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall : Wizard of Ooze (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I believe the 1/4 inch bolt has been upgraded - nice work!


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: We made our way out to Lambda Wall yesterday. Thank you much to all who put time in on making it clear how to get out there - saves a ton of nasty bushwhacking! I think our return time back to the car near Baylor Road was around an hour.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : North Organs : Lambda Wall : Yellow Brick Road (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: Yesterday, we followed Marta's description for Wizard Road (it is in a comment above). What a great route! I think it deserves it's own 'route' page - even if that consisted of words to just 'glue together' the first pitch of Wizard of Ooze and the last pitch of Yellow Brick Road. That way, folks can rate it, tick it, etc.. It shouldn't be buried in a comment! :-)

Also, I believe the 1/4 inch bolt has been upgraded - nice work!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face Left (5.5)
By: Bill Lawry When: Oct 19, 2014

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Comments: Ran across both old bolts on the way to the smaller crack on the right end of the roof: one bolt with a roundish hanger (in photo) and one farther up with a longer rectangular hanger. The roof at the right crack was well protected and seemed to go with a brief 5.6 move or two.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Yataghan : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 28, 2014

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Comments: We eventually saw a bolt about 15 feet left of the leader in this photo, on a nice ledge - probably the belay ledge at the top of P1? The bolt / ledge was about 80 feet above the large tree (~1 foot diameter?) the rope goes past in this photo. We missed the bolt / ledge, going a bit higher in the dihedral the leader is in. Next pitch we crossed left in to the then-more-prominent crack / dihedral with the roof.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 7, 2014

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Comments: I was up on The Pulpit yesterday and took the below photo. Looks like the same aspect.

Photo


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Pulpit : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Sep 7, 2014

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Comments: No need to engage this way. Ascend cracks just to the left until can stem back across.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 27, 2014

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Comments: Speaking of descents, we also went down the west side of Pingora in order to traverse over Tiger Tower and Wolf's Head. This descent consists of roughly 75 feet of down climbing / down leading and then 4 or 5 raps. May need to replace slings on the rap anchors.

To start, locate the huge cleft that splits the west side of Pingora's summit. South of that cleft, find a way to down climb / down lead for roughly 75 feet to reach the first rap anchor which is inside a different and much smaller clef... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Northeast Face (5.8+)
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 26, 2014

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Comments: Regarding the crux pitch 7:

For most, it will seem clear which of several cracks is the "5.8 wide" option (i.e., the one on the far left).

There seems to be some question in the community regarding which of the other cracks is the 5.9 variation shown in most topos out there (e.g., the SummitPost.org topo ).

See this Photo for more discussion.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Southwest Face Right (5.9)
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 25, 2014

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Comments: We climbed this route twice using Kelsey's guide. The first time, we were off route about half of the time. The second time we nailed it. For us, the difference was knowing where to start the route.

Lynn S's description is accurate in words and in per-pitch ratings. At the same time, what would probably help here is a good picture of the SW Face with the route marked and/or familiarity with the starting ledge ... perhaps with some good route-finding intuition too.

I looked through m... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head : East Ridge (5.6) : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 24, 2014

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Comments: We did that as a hand traverse as well - I think harder than the 1st hand traverse. 5.7 is fair.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Pingora : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 24, 2014

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Comments: We climbed Pingora a handful of times on mostly different routes - we luckily had a long stretch of great weather. We saw people doing the descent in the photo but found the following modification worked very well ... very much reduces the rope snag factor plus reduces the number of raps whether rapping on one rope or two.

After the second "33 meter" rap in the photo, rather than "throw rope to the left (climber's right)", we made just one more ~50 meter rap (3rd rap) straight down over clean ... more >>


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Aug 15, 2014

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Comments: Dang, Karl. I think I've been off route all these years. ;-)


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone East : Revenge of the Elderly (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jun 1, 2014

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Comments: ~New 50 pound rap-rope catcher: It is in the 5.7 alcove var for P3 (i.e., the "crux chimney" in the above P3 description). It has now been moved back from the dirty lip where it had caught our rap rope. Would have trundled it except we had three folks at the tunnel.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : First Creek Slabs : Hot Flash (5.8)
By: Bill Lawry When: May 17, 2014

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Comments: We did the descent link-up to the normal descent from Lotta Balls Wall. I do NOT recommend it as one slip rapping the offwidth / chimney could find you wedged in there. On the other hand, if you like adventure rapping then this may be the way for you.

Approach via the wash/stream bed. That way you have a better view of when one might start scrambling up. We came by way of the Lotta Ball approach, traversing across the base of Romper Room, and it was a little hard to be sure where to head up ... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : Front Corridor : Unknown Trad (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: May 10, 2014

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Comments: Descent: One can rap to the bolted anchor at the top of P1 of Man's Best Friend. Then it is one more rap to easy terrain. One 60 meter rope works.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Ginger Buttress : Ginger Cracks (5.9)
By: Bill Lawry When: May 8, 2014

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Comments: Found the rap anchor referred to by Alasdair, the ones that make it two clean raps to get down from the bowl. We easily reached them using double 60's. When rapping down the middle of the water stains, the bolted/chained anchor will be on climber's left.

Also, at the start of P1, I led the rightward wide-ish crack with right side in the crack: 5.7 or 5.8 and protection using the suggested rack was ok.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : The Thumb : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Apr 4, 2014

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Comments: Just a note that, reportedly, the ring piton of the shown P4 has pulled out and there is not any plans to replace it (there are other ways to climb the route). Not sure whether there is any other good protection assuming it is the piton I remember.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Frog
By: Bill Lawry When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: If taking the westerly gully, don't miss the ring piton in the brow of the huge chock stone.

And if you came down from the Crest and plan to descend from the summit by the more easterly gully (haven't tried it), consider leaving big packs nearer the bottom of the easterly gully. Am unsure exactly where that is but somewhere uphill from the metal sign should work.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Frog : West Ridge (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: P1: If you think your second might peel off in the lower half of the starting crack, consider belaying earlier to avoid him/her decking while using up 50+ meters of rope stretch. Top of the crack seems good for a belay but perhaps (not sure) there's something suitable a little further up.


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Lower : Gemstone West : Broken Ladders (5.7)
By: Bill Lawry When: Jan 16, 2014

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Comments: The direct line (noted by Bill as the rap) has also been toproped. Start the same crack as broken ladders ...

Todd, Our rap with a 60m (doubled) ended quite a bit climber's right of the start of Broken Ladders ... ~25 feet maybe? I haven't tried rapping back to the start of BL and so am not certain a 60 will reach.

BL - great initials by he way. ;-)


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : Sugarloaf Area : Sugarloaf : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 17, 2013

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Comments: Inherently tree pro'd! :-)


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The Low Horns : Gertch : Gertch's Folly (5.8)
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 3, 2013

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Comments: Chris Wenker remarked about the westward descent that is south of Gertch: "It's the rappel stations in the south descent gully that will get your attention though."

Agreed! (as of 1 Nov 2013) And they are NOT readily/easily backed up but can be with some effort.


Location: NM : Las Cruces Area Climbing : Organ Mountains : The Low Horns : Gertch : ... : Photo
By: Bill Lawry When: Nov 3, 2013

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Comments: Great topo. We brought this on the route with us.


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