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Location: CA : High Sierra : Middle Palisade
By: Chris Owen When: 4 days ago

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Comments: Wonderful little article here


Location: CA : High Desert : Devil's Punchbowl : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: 6 days ago

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Comments: I haven't been to Punchbowl in years. I keep meaning to go back.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Atom Smasher Boulders : Ionic Strength (5.12a) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 16, 2014

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Comments: Great shot Bob.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : Cap Rock : ... : Nutcracker (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 15, 2014

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Comments: I didn't go in the chimney, I climbed the righthand rib, with small cam in a horizontal crack on the right for protection. This way I felt had a 5.8 move.

It's a good climb.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : Cap Rock : ... : Circus (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 15, 2014

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Comments: I recommend hiking along the top of the rock to the rappel rings, then heading around leftwards beck to the start of the climb. That way you don't have to a) scramble down the 3rd class descent and b) do the approach up all over again.

Nice crack climb, pity it's not a lot longer. Significantly easier than Nutcracker or False Lieback.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Smooth Sole Wall : Smooth Sole Wall - Right Si... : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 13, 2014

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Comments: Good idea - nice sticky day. I did Battle of the Bulge to the left on a very similar kind of day.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Real Hidden Valley Vicinity : Houser Buttress Area : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 13, 2014

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Comments: The last climb I ever did at Josh with my friend Tony, I miss those days dearly.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock : Bonnie Brae (5.2)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: I enjoyed it as an obvious final pitch of Highlander, so why not do it? Easy climbing between the spacious bolts to the final two-bolt anchor.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Laurel Mountain : East Rib - North (5.5)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 8, 2014

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Comments: I've renamed it, as it is on the east face and north of the couloir.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : When the Levee Breaks (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 18, 2014

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Comments: The top half of this route is as good as anything to the right, very fine finish which feels bigger than it is.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: Good directions Bill. Agreed, what a great spot.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock : Highlander (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: The first pitch is quite technical, I climbed straight up past the fourth bolt and would say it had a 5.9 move, going left at the fourth bolt is easier. Pitch 2 started with a kick in the pants but I must confess at bolt number 3 I was starting to doubt that I was on a 5.7 and started to look for the easier looking ground, there was a difficult move to passing this which I'd give 5.9. That being said pitch 2 is wonderful.

I've done a lot of 5.7s and this one is way up there in technical difficu... more >>


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Lake Arrowhead Area : Scot Rock : Highlander (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: The following comments are from Sara Susca because she does not have an account:
there is no way in fucking hell this is 5.7, definitely not the second pitch anyway where there is spot that is so blank you would not believe it. I am also short so that does not help. I think that section is 5.10a, the rest is perhaps 5.9, and that's it.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Party Poodle (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 29, 2014

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Comments: Yes - start is tricky/burly if you're short. Top exposed section is fun - overall, despite the breaks it's a fun route.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Ruination (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 29, 2014

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Comments: Long and fun with an intricate start. First lead was an onsight.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 24, 2014

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Comments: Great shot Brad -- east face of Motherlode in the late afternoon sun, with a super snowy Gorgonio in the background.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Morbid Mound : Ambulance Driver (5.1)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 23, 2014

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Comments: I was teaching a scouting class here once and one kid climbed this in 8 seconds. It was very common for them to get their knee stuck in the wider section.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Voodoo Garden Men's Society (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 21, 2014

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Comments: I agree with Chris. That mantle move is thought-provoking.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Early Morning Warm-up (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 21, 2014

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Comments: Lots of fun and quite intricate, but over all too quickly. May be more difficult if you're short. Two ways to start, either in from the right after clipping the bolt, or straight up to the bolt from below, which may be preferable.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : The Astro Domes : North Astro Dome : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 15, 2014

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Comments: Taken in 1989.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Rusty Wall : O'Kelley's Crack (5.10c) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 8, 2014

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Comments: No I'm wrong, I think this is a shot of me trying a face route to the right.


Location: OR : Central Oregon : Trout Creek : The Main Wall : The Space Between (5.10+) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 4, 2014

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Comments: It's not a TR, it's a second or follow.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Mountain : The Industrial Wall : T.G.V. (5.13c)
By: Chris Owen When: Aug 30, 2014

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Comments: Translated TGV is "high-speed train". Probably the only one in the US is this climb.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Aug 28, 2014

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Comments: Heh - thanks to MP.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: Good one Chris.


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