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Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Goode : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jul 2, 2014

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Comments: Looks great - and not even a huge amount of snow.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jul 2, 2014

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Comments: Wow - I remember when it was full like this, now it's a very sad sight and closed to boats for 2014 due to drought conditions.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Anglesey : ... : A Dream of White Horses (5.9+)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 27, 2014

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Comments: Ok Nick I've changed the description - I didn't realize it was so sparse.


Location: CA : High Desert : Devil's Punchbowl : South area : VD (Very Direct) Wall : Lower Bolt Route (5.10c/d)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Sorry to add to the debate - but I think the guidebook comment from Jeff needs a counterpoint. First let me say that I met Jeff back in the late 80's at the PB, at the Dog Wall when it was open. So obviously Jeff has been a long-suffering and serving and much valued contributor to climbing in the area. His opinions should be heard and respected.

Guidebooks are tricky, and whether to produce a guidebook for an area has been a topic of debate which stretches back deep into the beginnings of the s... more >>


Location: International : Australia : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 30, 2014

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Comments: Dane, believe it or not people have rapped off the edge of the dish, during structural inspections.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 8, 2014

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Comments: Taken while approaching Sam Mack Lake from Sam Mack Meadow.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Banner Peak : East Corner (5.7) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 25, 2014

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Comments: Yes - very atmospheric in a high mountain way.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Humphreys : East Arete (5.4)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 14, 2014

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Comments: Good directions John.

Took my Subaru Outback up this road once to the trailhead, got a few bangs on the bottom, came down a lot better because I could crawl with the brakes on, whereas I had to rev the poor sucker to get it up the steep windy section and didn't have a lot of precision - didn't hit bottom once on the way back. Noticed a few rocker and exhaust dings at the trailhead. On the way home I thought the hood was open but alas it wasn't; I had twisted the front subframe by abou... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Buttermilk Country : Sherman Acres : Sketchpad (V0+ PG13)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 3, 2014

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Comments: Thanks for the history Tavis.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 1, 2014

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Comments: Classic shot - I like it a lot.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Coyotes at Sunset (5.8)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: Looks like a new bolt, before the original first bolt, has been placed (somewhat poorly) and summarily chopped. I don't remember seeing this before.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Golden Poodle (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: Looks like a new bolt, before the original first bolt, has been placed (somewhat poorly) and summarily chopped. I don't remember seeing this before.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Coyotes at Sunset (5.8)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: Looks like a new bolt, before the original first bolt, has been placed (somewhat poorly) and summarily chopped. I don't remember seeing this before.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Golden Poodle (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: While it does seem like a next logical step to doing the 5.8 and 5.7 to the right be warned, the holds are significantly smaller, and may surprise you.

A very fine face climb, with lovely holds and moves.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Golden Spike (5.10b)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2014

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Comments: I'd give it 5.10c. The crux is quite powerful, and often rejects on-sights.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Arrogant Bastard (5.11a)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 23, 2014

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Comments: Lieback to a ledge, then make a steep move to an undercling; a strenuous (thankfully short) overhanging lieback leads to a horizontal crack, then a crux bulge negotiated by a crimp and a sidepull, there's some strenuous stuff on good holds following this then beautiful knobby face/steep slab.

It's a great routes and deserves more traffic, if the comments here are any indicator.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face : West Face - Left Side : The Jam Crack (5.8)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 12, 2014

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Comments: I've been left and right of the roof, it was a long time ago but I seem to remember the left way seeming to be less protected and more iffy.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : The Weeping Wall : Ten Karat Gold (5.10a R)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 12, 2014

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Comments: Warmed up on this one once, then went over to Rebolting and took a monster fall!


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : North Shore Boulders : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: He climbs now Ben, and he's darn good.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Incredible Hulk
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: safetyfourth - while I have the power to edit your comment, and make you seem to say practically anything, I will refrain -- I could make you sound like an insensitive oaf, but you've already done that, I will say that I take exception to being called a crippled infant, I am a crippled old man, which is quite different.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point : Mozart's Wall : Quickstep (V2)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: Yes it's the Sandlow Problem rated V6, I was there when Aaron did it, both he and Reardon called it V6. I can't vouch for this being the first ascent. If anyone knows better, let me know.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 10, 2014

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Comments: As of March 8 several very big deep pools of water on Holcomb Pinnacles Camp Road, three of them were unavoidable, high clearance 4x4 necessary.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Cap Rock Area : Cap Rock : ... : Circus, Circus (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 4, 2014

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Comments: I seem to remember a crazy steep move at the end of the ramp.


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

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Comments: That's kinda how I usually start Shantytown Swing.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Nunavut : Baffin Island : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Feb 19, 2014

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Comments: Source Wikipedia


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