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Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Fatiron : ... : Photo
By: Brian C. When: 4 days ago

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Comments: I did this the first time I climbed this and then went way right the second. Right is definitely a more casual outing.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatiron : ... : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Apr 9, 2014

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Comments: This is the same place to start for Atalanta, but this photo is not the route. It is actually the start for Hubris. Atalanta climbs from this same starting point almost directly north up a junky gully to gain a small stance below a tiny east-facing ramp. Following the tiny ramp upward to the large tree shown in this photo is Atalanta. I'll attach a photo looking up the small ramp after the short climb north from this photo.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatiron : Fandango (5.5)
By: Brian C. When: Apr 2, 2014

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Comments: There seems to be a lot of variation for the start. Some folks are starting lower to add more climbing and others are getting suckered into starting in spots that has harder climbing. For those who are interested in finding the "right spot", stay on the standard trail and continue up passing where the start of the East Face Direct is. Right after the trail passes the interesting chopped-step section start paying attention. Fandango starts at the spot where the trail first comes within spitting d... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Front Porch : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Jan 25, 2014

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Comments: Wowsa!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Beige Tube Area / The Narro... : Bridge Wall North (Practice... : US 34 Bypass (5.9-)
By: Brian C. When: Dec 22, 2013

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Comments: There is now some solar panel thing bolted onto the face right at the start of this route. A fall would land you on it. Not sure what it is, but it's pretty new. Also there are some bolt studs sticking out right above it.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Argon Tower : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Dec 7, 2013

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Comments: Layton must've had extras after his Titan trip...




Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : The Pup
By: Brian C. When: Nov 10, 2013

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Comments: The downclimb down to the north SUCKS!!!! Some of the worst lichen I've ever climbed on.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : The Hand : East Face/Hand (5.4)
By: Brian C. When: Nov 9, 2013

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Comments: Well-protected? Haha!
When in doubt, just keep climbing!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Park Avenue : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Nov 6, 2013

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Comments: All of the bolts/pins were gone as of last year.


Location: CO : Denver South : Monument Rock : The South Face (5.8 X)
By: Brian C. When: Aug 22, 2013

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Comments: Malcolm - mountainproject.com/v/west-butte---northeast-face/107358702


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Devil's Horns
By: Brian C. When: Aug 10, 2013

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Comments: I did a couple slabby routes up the eastern aspects of these. Pretty interesting formations.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Jaws : Extra Credit Summit aka Ter... (4th)
By: Brian C. When: Aug 2, 2013

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Comments: I believe this is called "Terror Summit" by Gerry Roach. It is a unique summit and a good thing to visit after the 3rd.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron
By: Brian C. When: Jul 22, 2013

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Comments: Looks like the annual closure for the Third has been lifted early this year. Climb on!

Closure.
Closure.



Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Willy B : Swing Time (5.7)
By: Brian C. When: Jul 21, 2013

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Comments: Make sure you don't traverse too far up the ramp if you want to find the 5.7 way up. It is not very far up the ramp, just past a large dead tree coming up from below. Although the move is short, the gear is iffy, and a fall would be mega-bad news and likely onto your belayer. I got a seemingly decent offset cam in right at the crux, but I'm not convinced it would have held. After pulling onto the east face, traversing hard right will lead to a nice crack to protect your seconds before heading fo... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Tangen Towers : Tangen Tunnel route
By: Brian C. When: Jul 17, 2013

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Comments: Did the for the 3rd time and first time without snow yesterday. This route really sucks quite a lot and is one of the worst bushwhacks imaginable. I was surprised at how much thicker the brush is in the summer, and the poison ivy is EVERYWHERE! That said, it really should be considered a must do for the avid Flatiron hiker. The tunnel is cool, and there is a neat upper tunnel as well. You're guaranteed total solitude, it is hard to feel so removed from people, and this route totally does it. Do ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Schmoe's Nose : North Nostril (5.6)
By: Brian C. When: Jul 17, 2013

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Comments: In contrast to the other comment, the upper "booger" is not going anywhere. I yarded on it thoroughly, pounded on it, crawled over it, and gave it a general thrashing without the slightest movement, vibration, or any other sign of instability. It is a large block wedged in there, but unless you're VERY unlucky or weigh a thousand pounds, it's not going anywhere. I'd be much more wary of the summit rappel anchor that is a slung boulder sitting there. It sounds hollow and is not wedged in anything... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Schmoe's Nose
By: Brian C. When: Jul 17, 2013

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Comments: As of yesterday, it looks like folks are still using the anchor on the summit. There was one set of slings down in the notch but looked like everyone uses the top. The boulder does indeed look like it could come with you and sounds a bit hollow when knocked, but it didn't budge or move at all.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - W Face : ... : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Jun 27, 2013

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Comments: I think this shows the 5.8 variation on P2. The "standard" West Side P2 tops out on the OW then traverses hard right into the upper bit of Blind Faith. There are 2 old pitons that mark where to do the traverse. Continuing up the left crack shown is the "alternate" in the Levin guide.


Location: WY : Devil's Tower
By: Brian C. When: Apr 29, 2013

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Comments: TICKS!
The little bastards are out in full force. Every climber we talked to had ticks on them and 2 out of 3 of us had one partially embedded. SICK!!!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : North Face / North End : Triple Exposure (5.12c/d C1)
By: Brian C. When: Mar 9, 2013

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Comments: If doing the 2nd pitch (combining pitches), make sure to bring enough gear to move between pins. A #4 and #3 are pretty important. Also, many of the pins are looking pretty sad, much rougher than on P1. I gave it a C2 simply because a fall on the upper pitch would likely result in pulled pins and an R for the large runout to the first pin on P1. I wouldn't be surprised if some go missing in the future. Very cool route though, with a very different feel than many other Front Range aid... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Echo Tower : Photo
By: Brian C. When: Nov 15, 2012

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Comments: OMG! 2008? Was this on the OW pitch? That thing is still there, same cord and all. I wondered if it was a hex that had been fished down through a tunnel above (can't see it in this photo).

Here's a photo of it 2 months ago...



Location: CO : Grand Junction area : Palisade : Things Of Beauty (aka Inter...
By: Brian C. When: Sep 25, 2012

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Comments: Here's a short blurb I wrote on these...

coloradoclimbers.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=193


Location: CO : Grand Junction area : Palisade : Things Of Beauty (aka Inter... : Bug-Eyed Monster (C1)
By: Brian C. When: Sep 24, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this a few days ago with my buddy, Noah. Great route, Paul! It certainly seemed more stable than the Sword. Wondered if we were the 2nd ascent?

I needed something more casual after belaying Noah up the 2nd ascent of Tom Thumb's Tallywag being convinced it was going to fall over and kill us both. Fun, fun, fun! Can't wait to go back already!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron
By: Brian C. When: Aug 20, 2012

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Comments: Just wanted to bring something up that has to do with the rappels. I got to the summit yesterday, and there was a guy up there telling the several first-timers that they should ignore the rappel info and simply rappel straight west with a single 60m rope. Don't go straight west with a single 60m rope! Also, even though 2 60s will make itm you will not be able to pull your rope without help from above.


Location: UT : Moab Area : 191 South : Looking Glass Rock
By: Brian C. When: Apr 22, 2012

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Comments: RATTLE SNAKE ALERT!

We showed up to climb this today and there were approx. 20 rattle snakes lining the small shelf around the base of the route. There was one (about 3 feet long) sitting right in a small hole right at the start of the route that would easily strike the hand or leg of anyone climbing the route. We tried to move it with a stick and it only made it angry so we packed back up and left. Be careful!


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