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Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 11, 2013

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Comments: It only looks like he leading because there's a third man, Tony (who took the picture). I always have a habit of tying both ropes in when I'm in the middle of a rope of three, I think it's a good, safe habit in case something dumb happens to the up rope. Frd and Tony both adopted that habit.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 11, 2013

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Comments: Hi Ben, that;s Fred and he's following me, that's my lead rope you can see hanging behind him.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Legoland : ... : Bionicle (5.10b)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 6, 2013

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Comments: Great little route - with an attention getting crux. I actually used a hand jam to clip bolt number 2.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Legoland : ... : Sky Patrol (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 6, 2013

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Comments: Great moves on this route, through the steep section and over the roof, in my opinion the best route at Legoland.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Thunderbird (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 23, 2013

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Comments: I think the shared anchors are very inconvenient. Especially if Medicine Man is occupied. There's a solitary bolt up and right of the finish with a failed placement next to it, makes sense to me to reset this anchor.

Crux is tricky for a 5.9, height helps, and also route finding skills, not as good at the bolted routes left and right of it, but worth a gander.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Powderhorn (5.10a)
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 23, 2013

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Comments: I like this climb. Bit of a nasty landing before clipping the first bolt, I agree that it's pretty pumpy, I used a knee-bar at the undercling which helped tremendously. While the middle section is easy the rock is interesting. The final headwall will get you if you're burned out.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear South : Fisherman's Buttress Area : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 19, 2013

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Comments: This is a cover shot - nice one.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point : Eat Out More Often (aka Pow... : Standard Route (V2) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 13, 2013

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Comments: Nice shot - lots of focus.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point : Eat Out More Often (aka Pow... : Power Glide (V6) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 13, 2013

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Comments: Thanks Ben.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Whaleback : South East Face (3rd) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: Route beings to the left of the small lakes.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Saddle Peak
By: Chris Owen When: Aug 10, 2013

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Comments: Visited this place for the first time today - with Sara Susca. It was a perfect day.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Saddle Peak : Route 1 - R.I.P Arete (5.5 PG13)
By: Chris Owen When: Aug 10, 2013

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Comments: Thanks for the good advice Tristan, I took a double and totally used it.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Langley : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jul 8, 2013

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Comments: Works for me!


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Pink Flamingo (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Jul 5, 2013

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Comments: My shorter partners found this very reachy and problematic. It's not a bad climb, has some good moves on steep rock at the start, and if you're looking for something in the shade on a hot summer's day it's worth a tick as you walk by.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jul 5, 2013

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Comments: Untch Rock in the background.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Jun 16, 2013

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Comments: Kinda hard to resist clipping that anchor before the final big move to the huge jug.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : 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 : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : 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 : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : 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.


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