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There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s


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Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Central Pinnacles : Claim Jumper Wall : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 16, 2013

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Comments: One could reasonably call this the first crux. Or even the crux if you decide to bail left at the real crux.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Central Pinnacles : Claim Jumper Wall : Lady Luck (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 16, 2013

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Comments: I liked this climb - very physical and unusual and held its interest all the way to the finishing clips. I like Bill's comment about using jams - that's the first time I've done hand jams on a sport route.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Central Pinnacles : Thunderbird Wall : Nervous Twitch (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 15, 2013

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Comments: What a fantastic climb. Lots of cool steep face moves on good holds with a reachy crux right at the top.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : West Face : West Face - Right Side : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 6, 2013

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Comments: The first time I ever did this route I was surprised by how thin the horn actually was.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : North Face
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 3, 2013

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Comments: It's very common for rocks, stones and other articles (belay plates, etc.) to come bounding the the buttress at the Graham Crackers area. A helmet is a good idea, even when kicking back at the bottom.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : North Face : Break Out (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 3, 2013

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Comments: Hmmm - Not what I usually expect for a 5.6 (i.e. not a romp, so don't be a first time 5.6 leader).


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : North Face : Yours (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 3, 2013

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Comments: Good advice Ryan - and I should've read it before I got on this variation, I put a big Friend (#5) in the horizontal before I pulled the face moves up and left to the seam, then backed right off mistakenly thinking that the seam would be that void of protection for its entire length, if I'd have stuck with it I would have found that after a few moves the seam becomes a nice slot with plenty pro options in the size stated by Ryan.

I think I was influenced by it being a very hot slippery d... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Crystal Crag : North Arete : North ArÍte (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 1, 2013

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Comments: I really liked the ridge traverse, pity it doesn't get a more eloquent description.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Crystal Crag : Highlands Wall : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 1, 2013

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Comments: Nice shot Euan.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Pinnacles North : Voodoo Garden : ... : Reticent Arete (5.12b)
By: Chris Owen When: May 22, 2013

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Comments: This is a great looking climb.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Central Pinnacles : Doc Holiday Wall : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 21, 2013

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Comments: And now the fun begins....


Location: CA : High Sierra
By: Chris Owen When: May 15, 2013

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Comments: I have removed the dead links for the Inyo permits as Recreation.gov now handles these, and it's a better system as you can see what's available instead of having to wait for the mail to find out if you got the permit or not.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Humphreys : Southwest Slope and Northwe... (4th) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 15, 2013

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Comments: Note rappel anchor around block, lower left.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point : Boulder 1 : South East Corner (The Corn... (V1-2)
By: Chris Owen When: May 5, 2013

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Comments: "Half-moon" has been broken for a while now, at its left end, but doesn't seem to affect the grade.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 3, 2013

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Comments: I'm going to print this out full rez and hang it on my office wall....


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Williamson Rock
By: Chris Owen When: May 2, 2013

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Comments: I wonder if the luminaries who closed this area understood that other crags hereabouts (SoCal) would be adversely impacted? Scientists tend to wear blinkers.

Holcomb Valley Pinnacles comes to mind.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Horse Flats : Top Rope Wall : Left Slab Route 2 (5.10+)
By: Chris Owen When: May 2, 2013

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Comments: Is this what it's called?


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Horse Flats : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 2, 2013

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Comments: Chris Leger put these together.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Horse Flats : Top Rope Wall : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: May 2, 2013

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Comments: Climb the thin corner crack to the bomb bay undercling, then steps left onto the face under the overlap, then over the overlap and up the much easier face.


Location: CA : San Jacinto Mountains : Mt. San Jacinto : Snow Creek (4th AI1-2 Mod. Snow)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 25, 2013

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Comments: Did it back in 1986 with a couple of other guys I met in the Sierra (Bob and Pat), took us two days to get to the summit then half a day to the bottom of the Tram. We stayed the night in the summit hut, carried skis up and tried to ski down the back side. Conditions were horrible, crust over powder over hard ice, with hard ice at the summit pitches.

But of an epic but glad I did it.


Location: CA : San Jacinto Mountains : Mt. San Jacinto : Snow Creek (4th AI1-2 Mod. Snow) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 25, 2013

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Comments: It was dark when I topped out....


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Welsh winter climbing : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 24, 2013

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Comments: You're making me homesick Nick.


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Snowdonia
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 24, 2013

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Comments: Hi Nick - oh yes, I don't think there was a guidebook back when I was there, I'm assuming there's one now, I remember climbing some huge dihedral....


Location: International : Europe : United Kingdom : Wales : Welsh winter climbing : ... : Central Trinity (Mod. Snow)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 24, 2013

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Comments: Dropped a home-made Terradactyl down this gully back in the early 80's - probably a ball of rust by now.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Central Pinnacles : Gunsmoke Wall : Fever Pitch (5.3)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 22, 2013

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Comments: My 6 year old Stephen cruised this yesterday, looking like a pro.


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