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Areas = 15
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Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Pandora's Way (5.9)
By: Bob Rotert When: Apr 4, 2012

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Comments: I think a bolt may have been added to the first pitch of this. Originally the first pitch went up to a bit of a bowel for the belay. I believe it already had an old bolt in it left by some rappelling effort in the past. We were wondering what kind of trouble we were climbing into on this one so we named it Pandora's way.

It was the second of three new route's put up one 3 day Easter Weekend when Tom and I were in high school. 1973 I believe. The first was Electric Boobs, second this route and t... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Oceanic Wall : Leviathan (5.11d)
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 10, 2011

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Comments: Thoughtful moves and balancy climbing. Although rated the same. I didn't think it compared in difficulty to Black Lagoon. Black Lagoon felt at least a letter grade or two harder to me. Maybe by just moving left a bit at the bolt for the crux it makes it easier? I found some small finger tip edges and I think ended up standing up on the good flat hold with my right foot and then doing a balancy foot shuffle to clip the next bolt. I remember very little for the hands once your standing on the fl... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : The Gill Crack (5.12a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Aug 12, 2011

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Comments: I remember being up at Castle Rock alone one afternoon, it's the early eighties, I'm bouldering laps on The Gill Crack.

Alex Lowe shows up. "Damn, Bobby!" "You bouldering that thing?" he says.

Feeling good and a bit smug. "Yea" I say. It's not too bad as long as you get the top sequence of jams right. I give him the finishing right, left, right, jam sequence beta. This is so you end with right hand on the top hold and are able to reach out left with your left hand to Burnt Crack for the fini... more >>


Location: CO : Empire : Ra : Higher Calling (5.11d)
By: Bob Rotert When: Aug 7, 2011

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Comments: Awesome route, Mark and Richard!! Thanks for all your hard work in developing this area. This is one of my favorite routes on the crag!! Superb, with great, continous climbing on every pitch. Doesn't get much better than this one up at Ra and one of the best sport routes in the front range.

IMHO the last pitch is the crux pitch. The sustained nature makes it harder than the second pitch to me. Make sure you depump from the second pitch before starting up this one. Holds may be good, except a... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Roof Routes : Clever Lever (5.12a/b)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jun 9, 2011

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Comments: I always liked this route. It's short but sweeet!! Amazing send by Greg Lowe. One of those stand out routes in difficulty for the time it was done.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Perfect Vision (5.11d R)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jun 3, 2011

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Comments: Did this one many years ago. Sept 97 I believe. However still remember it as being an amazing route.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Whiskey Peak : The Delicate Sound of Thund... (5.11a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: Daves & Marge, one of my favorite routes at Red Rocks! An awesome climb!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Lost Creek Canyon : Bighorn Buttress (5.10+ R)
By: Bob Rotert When: Mar 16, 2011

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Comments: This route does has some very cool, heady, climbing. First pitch is not for the faint of heart. The bold moves over the bulge on the First pitch is definitely heads up climbing. And I didn't like the Star drive bolt below, protecting the run out 5.10 climbing over the bulge,on the first pitch. Your in for a possible long drop on it and if it failed you'd be in for a very long drop.

Second pitch route finding is a bit weird. You can go high or low near the finish around the buttress.

Overall,... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : The Sawtooth Ridge : Incredible Hulk : Positive Vibrations (5.11a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: Another Hulk classic. Amazing rock and amazing climbing. The crux pitch was stellar!!


Location: CA : High Sierra : The Sawtooth Ridge : Incredible Hulk : Sunspot Dihedral (5.11b)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: Loved this climb. Every pitch was stellar. The topo ratings down play the sustained nature of the route. An alpine classic for sure!! As good as Positive vibes and a few steps up in difficulty.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Roof Routes : Temporary Like Achilles (5.10b)
By: Bob Rotert When: Dec 12, 2010

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Comments: Curious if anyone has some confirmed knowledge of other free ascents of the roof? Has anyone succeeded in freeing it after Ben Moon's FFA back in early '90s. It looks like one of the hardest routes in Eldo to me.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Roof Routes : Hands In The Clouds (5.12a A0)
By: Bob Rotert When: Dec 12, 2010

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Comments: Just a correction to the write up above from Richard. I believe the Archilles roof was first freed by Ben Moon and not Jerry Moffat as written above. Maybe Moffat did it as well. I don't recall hearing of the roof being freed by anyone else, and I had heard some holds had snapped on previous attempts since Moon's ascent. Maybe some one else knows more about this. At any rate, most mortals will aid the roof to get to Hands in the Clouds.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Trojan Bunny Buttress : The Bucket List (5.11a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Oct 3, 2010

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Comments: I visited this cliff for the first time last weekend and was really impressed with the great climbing here. We did this route, and it is indeed wild and awesome! One of the best on the cliff. I followed this one, and it felt a little harder than 11- to me. I like the Boulder Canyon comment Dougal posted above. \;o) This would probably be 11d in Boulder Canyon.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Trojan Bunny Buttress : The Bruise Collector (5.12a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Oct 3, 2010

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Comments: Fun, hard to read, pumpy, three dimensional climbing. With thought provoking sidepulls, underclings, stemming and scumming. It felt like it didn't have any individual moves technically harder than Temptation Arete. However, taken as a whole, without stepping off way left for a rest Richard mentions above and I have seen others use.... I would describe it as endurance oriented and, in that respect, I felt it was harder than T Arete, which we did earlier in the day.

As most of us realize and I ... more >>


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : North Side : The Womb (5.11a) : Photo
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 15, 2010

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Comments: Love the Photo Grover! Very cool and stylish shirt Jeep has on. Not so sure about the date you placed on this one. \;o)


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : North Side : The Womb (5.11a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 12, 2010

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Comments: Very cool to see your comments and recollections on this site Old Friend. All of this was a very long time ago and apparently your memory is a bit different from mine. For the Womb what I thought was probably important is to recognize you most likely did do the First Lead FA out of the Womb. It doesn't matter that much to me if it was previously with Dave Shephard or with Tim and I.

As for the comments on the Whiteside route. What I remember is you and I completed the FA of Great Boulder Probl... more >>


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall : The Legendary Nuclear Bomb (5.11b R)
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 12, 2010

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Comments: What a route!! It took two Looking Glass slab masters to pull this one off. The vision & name of this route was Jeep Gaskin's and this line was put in up to the final crux pitch and attempted by Jeep with various partners several times before the route was completed. Monty Reagan deserves high credit for doing what was the "stopper crux lead" on this climb and pulling off the complete first ascent of this humbling route with Jeep.


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Monitor Rock : Iron Side Wall : One Thin Line (5.11a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 5, 2010

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Comments: This route seemed as hard or technically harder than the route rated 11c to its right.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Olmsted Canyon : Lord Caffeine (5.10d)
By: Bob Rotert When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: Sweet route, felt like a SANDBAG to me! Take some caffine and have fun!!


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Overhang Area : Chicken Dance (5.12a)
By: Bob Rotert When: Feb 5, 2010

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Comments: Seems like to make the "best" of the climbing at Table Mtn some times you have to climb a little contrived and ignore the easier way. I thought this was a really cool route. I like the variety this has with some jamming and the pumpy nature of the climb. The "sporting" way to do this route is to run this straight up the crack to the bird hole, not using the stems on the bottom half. If you stem on the right wall or use holds in or near the chimney, sorry, that's gonna have to be a penalty. \@SEM... more >>


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Sun Wall : Predator (5.12+)
By: Bob Rotert When: Sep 22, 2009

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Comments: Awesome masterpiece route by Whitney! Nice to see this written up here Chummer. If I recall correctly. I was visting from Colorado and climbing with Whitney when he did the first free ascent, red point, around 1990 or so. He had already placed all the bolts & had freed everything prior except for getting it totally clean at the crux. He was giving me the tour, as I hadn't climbed at the Glass in years, and we went there to try and polish off the FFA. He took the lead first a went up and took o... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Easter Rock : The Riddler (5.11c)
By: Bob Rotert When: Aug 7, 2009

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Comments: Harder than Elanor...\;o) IMHO.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Twin Owls : Crack of Fear (5.10d)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jul 16, 2009

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Comments: It's good to get some consensus opinions when talking about bolt removals and altering a route in some way that has existed for many years. And no offense meant to anyone on this post because I don't know who has or has not done this. However, I think there should be a caveat for posts on a route bolt removal request, moving a bolt is a different issue. But to have a "fair" assessment only folks that have actually lead the route without using the bolts should/would have the merit & reference to... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Friday the 13th (5.11+)
By: Bob Rotert When: Jun 29, 2009

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Comments: I agree with the rating change for this route and I'm with Malcom. Just because the anchors have been there for a long time doesn't mean they should have been placed there to begin with. Did anyone contact the folks that did the FA to see if they were ok with installing a bolted anchor in the middle of this pitch? This climb was originally put up as a 2 pitch climb because that is how it should've done to be considered a free climb.If you were to use the chain anchor or belay here, since it is ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Kloof Alcove : Sequential (5.12a)
By: Bob Rotert When: May 7, 2009

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Comments: I totally agree! Unfair advantage if your name is "Hank Caylor". This would be a proud 12 send if you're a mortal.


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