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Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Whitney : East Face (5.6) : Photo
By: Chris D When: Aug 6, 2012

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Comments: Dang, that dude looks like he's havin' a grand ole time!


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : North Ridge (5.4)
By: Chris D When: Jul 31, 2012

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Comments: 21 hours on the move. This is a complex ridge, and much of the fun and adventure is not being able to see what's around the next corner and not really knowing where the hell you are. The going is reasonably easy if you're smart about your route choices. You can pretty easily keep it interesting and under 5.6 for pretty much the entire route if you're careful. Still, there's plenty of trip reports out there from people with experience who ended up having an epic on this ridge. YMMV.

I have ... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Whitney : East Buttress (5.7)
By: Chris D When: Jun 13, 2012

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Comments: What Buzz said.

It's a spectacular position, and the rock is outstanding. The views are mind-boggling, and the climbing is quality; it's just not very hard.

P1 was some sustained easy fifth, then the rest of the climb was 4th and 3rd interspersed with fun, casual low-fifth class moves. All of the harder moves are easy to protect and a fall would usually land you on a big ledge.

The "5.7, poor pro" face climbing at the start of P3 that everyone gets excited about is good, but the c... more >>


Location: CA : Inland Empire : Mount Rubidoux : Beach Area : Overfilled Water Bed : ... : Photo
By: Chris D When: May 7, 2012

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Comments: This kid cranks!


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face : West Face - Right Side : The Slab (5.8 R)
By: Chris D When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: Got back on this on second yesterday after whipping on it on lead a couple of years ago. BURLY.

This is not for the "modern" 5.8 leader, unless that person spends a lot of time honing their lieback skills. The crux is a mandatory lieback to a splitter hand crack. That lieback is steep, maybe fifteen feet, there's no gear, and if you came off you'd get banged up bad if you failed to avoid the little ledge you preview the crux from.

Not sure what to rate this, since it really needs to be though... more >>


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : Maiden Buttress : White Maiden's Walkaway (5.1)
By: Chris D When: Apr 27, 2012

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Comments: Chris: Yes, there's climbers on The Price of Fear and at least three or four other routes that you can see in the "giant mosaic photo" that I link to in the post above. Kinda neat.

I see a lot of people miss the "doubtful corner" (middle of what I show as the fourth pitch in the topo above) on this route by going straight up, and it's a shame. The exposure on the move where you step out onto the tree is tremendous for the grade.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Indian Wells Canyon : Breakfast Crags : Green Eggs and Ham : Grape Nuts (5.8)
By: Chris D When: Mar 12, 2012

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Comments: Despite being thick with brightly colored lichen, this route had already cleaned up nicely after a dozen or so repeats. It will only get better with more traffic!


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Indian Wells Canyon : Owens Ridge : Owens Ridge North Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris D When: Feb 28, 2012

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Comments: I was about 50 feet above it before i got another piece of gear, so I was hoping it would hold more than a hat!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Second Pullout : Magic Bus : Electric Koolaid (5.9+) : Photo
By: Chris D When: Feb 23, 2012

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Comments: That's Richard I'm pointing (and laughing) at. I didn't even notice that aspect of the photo until after I'd finished photoshopping it. Bonus!


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Romper Room : Algae on Parade (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris D When: Feb 21, 2012

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Comments: Wow. This looks a LOT steeper than it really is. Don't worry kids, this thing is low-angle...but TONS of fun!


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Romper Room : Algae on Parade (5.7)
By: Chris D When: Feb 21, 2012

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Comments: What a fun, fun, route! The first pitch was fun and felt like 5.7. There's so many holds (and so little chalk) that you could have trouble finding the easiest holds and maybe commit to something that felt 5.8 (?)but with care it's a solid 7.

The third pitch is long and fun! Just a blast. Big holds, low-angle rock, two nice parallel splitters for cams, stuff to sling, what a romp. Send your budding trad leader up this one for a confidence builder, then finish the route unroped if you feel se... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Romper Room : Algae on Parade (5.7)
By: Chris D When: Feb 21, 2012

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Comments: Found a stuck rope at the top of the last terrace at the bottom of the descent gully for this route today. PM me if it's yours and I'll get it back to you.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Second Pullout : Magic Bus : Electric Koolaid (5.9+)
By: Chris D When: Feb 20, 2012

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Comments: Handren must have been confused when he gave three stars to Neon Sunset and only one to this route. I think he meant to do it the other way around. This is a much better route, though the finish is odd for a sport route.

Also, if this is 5.9+, then the 5.9+ routes in the Black Corridor are 11a. No single move harder than 5.8.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon
By: Chris D When: Feb 20, 2012

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Comments: Recovered a stuck rope today near rising moons. PM me if it's yours and I'll get it back to you.


Location: CA : Inland Empire : Riverside Quarry
By: Chris D When: Feb 14, 2012

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Comments: Louie Anderson has put together an updated guide to the Quarry that is a quality sewn-binding paperback with glossy pages, tons of great color photos, a logical sequence to the route listings, and occasional individual route histories. There's even a brief history of early development written by Mark Smith (of WOS fame).

It's good to see guidebooks like these, that are so well put together that they're fun to read, even if you're not looking for beta for a specific route. My only concern is ... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : The Cathouse : Little Brown Jug (5.6)
By: Chris D When: Feb 6, 2012

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Comments: There's about one good pro placement on the whole route. Combine that with occasionally questionable and grainy rock and you might want to think twice about leading this thing whatever grade you're competent at.

Can be toproped by gaining the anchor after leading Felix.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Playhouse Rock : The Playwright (5.6)
By: Chris D When: Feb 6, 2012

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Comments: About 10 feet of business about 40 feet up, the rest is a cruise. Fun route. Good warm-up if the rest of the wall's 6's are occupied. First route in the shade as the day progresses.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Outer Mongolia : Siberia : Irish Toothache (5.7)
By: Chris D When: Feb 6, 2012

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Comments: A fun route, and well-bolted. From the top of this route you can make an easy but grainy and poorly-protected traverse to the right around a corner to the anchors for Glen's Crack and Jack. From those anchors, you can rap down to the anchors for Old Hornington and The Bazooka. Unlike Irish Toothache, the pro is sparse on these routes.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Hidden Falls Wall : 5.8 sport route (5.7+)
By: Chris D When: Feb 3, 2012

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Comments: I was going to visit this area, but when I heard that this classic had been chopped, I wrote the to ASCA to see if they would fund replacement of the bolts, then vowed to never visit until the bolts were back. Word is this is the sleeper route in Red Rock...destined to be the next Levitation 29.


Location: General Climbing : Aid to Free Progression The... : Post : Photo
By: Chris D When: Feb 3, 2012

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Comments: Oh man, this is some good shit!

Perhaps the funniest, yet most poignant thing I've ever seen on this site.


Location: David A : Me : Photo
By: Chris D When: Feb 1, 2012

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Comments: The very definition of "ready."


Location: NV : Red Rock : Second Pullout : Black Corridor : Lewd, Crude, and Misconstru... (5.9+)
By: Chris D When: Jan 16, 2012

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Comments: The start would seem lame if you couldn't do it.

If you primarily climb trad, this will be one of your favorite routes in the corridor. I thought it was spectacular. Most fun I've ever had on a sport route, but that's because the tricky stemming required to pass the low crux wasn't just another jug haul. I can definitely see where sport climbers would hate this. Not many climbing gyms prepare you for the opening moves. Reasonably well protected and fun!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : Feltonian Physics (5.8)
By: Chris D When: Jan 3, 2012

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Comments: If he was referring to the final moves between the two boulders at the top, Woody's comment that the overhang at the top is 5.4 is complete bullshit.

Never met Woody (RIP), but I've read enough objective opinions about the guy to guess he was something of a nut. I love his many contributions and comments on MP. Always a treat to stumble on one here. Take them with a grain of salt.

After you place a cam to protect the final moves, slot a nut or hex above the cam. Otherwise, your rope will s... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : White Lightning (5.7)
By: Chris D When: Jan 3, 2012

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Comments: Greasy at the crux.

Get pro before starting into the fist crack about twenty feet up to avoid hitting the block that the climb starts off of if you blow it. A #3 Camalot is perfect.

The hardest moves on this route are every bit as hard as the moves on 5.8 cracks in other areas. Whatever. Joshua Tree.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Lost Horse Area : Hemingway Buttress : Hemingway Buttress (East Fa... : Poodle in Shining Armor (5.8)
By: Chris D When: Jan 3, 2012

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Comments: Don't tell anyone, but this route is a lot of fun! Varied climbing over flakes and plates along the periphery of a trough leads to an step out to the left onto a pretty wildly exposed face, a great summit, and a spicy downclimb. Joshua Tree gear; take it for what it's worth.


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