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Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Dec 6, 2013

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Comments: Must've been a sight to see.


Location: NH : Rumney : Waimea : Technosurfing (5.12b) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 30, 2013

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Comments: Hands of a climber - vital, tense...

Guy Kirkus - Hands of a Climber.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - West Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: Tony Tennessee on his second lead (he did Mental Physics that same day in the morning).


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : 2nd Meat Wall : Humble Pie (5.12+) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: Yes indeed, one of mood, and commitment - the essence of climbing.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Nomad Dome : Willard (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: OMG Chris! Well bolted? There are some big run outs on this one, namely to the first bolt, and then there's a tricky bulge move just before the last bolt, blow that one and you're in for a ride. I recommend, as stated previously, taking some small cams with you to protect the opening sequence up Last Angry Arab and across to the first bolt, and for the long final runout to the last bolt, that last bolt should probably been placed just below the bulge, but a small cam will fit there so never mind... more >>


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Nomad Dome
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: OMG Steve! There's no way these are sport routes. Trail to the dome was well trodden and also cairned at critical spots - so, easy to follow for the careful. I headed east too early, up a drainage but it wasn't that bad, returning I followed the trail all the way to the main Wonderland trail.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland of Rocks : Nomad Dome : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: That's not the line I took on Willard, I stepped left after the second bolt and climbed the blunt arete on good holds, then stepped back right to the third bolt.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Little Hunk : Little Hunk - SW Face : ... : Tim's Valentine (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: Not a bad route but not on par with the quality of Double Dip or Stichter Quits. But a good experience for people new to Joshua Tree and used to doing clips ups. The crux over the lip is a bit reach dependent.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Echo Rock : Echo Rock - West Face : Double Dip (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: Did this route for the umpteenth time yesterday, which was Thanksgiving and no-one was there! I'm going to re-assert my belief that this is a classic, almost perfect, tremendous fun and a rite of passage for any 5.6 leader at Joshua Tree.

BTW For pity's sake don't TR this route, what a travesty...


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky : Bird of Fire (5.10a) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 26, 2013

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Comments: Great perspective - pity it's a TR.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag : Venusian Blind (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 22, 2013

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Comments: We climbed this route using Roper's little green book, a very long time ago and like I said, we were probably off route, hence the much looser than your average vertical alpine pitch - please read what I preface my remarks with.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Saddle Peak : Xeno Dance (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 14, 2013

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Comments: I like this climb and would happily repeat it.


Location: Stone Nude : Things to do when you're ch... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 14, 2013

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Comments: Saw the Sex Pistols live back in the late 70's at the Newport Town hall.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Little Hunk : Little Hunk - NE Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 12, 2013

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Comments: Or in this case just one.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Echo Rock Area : Little Hunk : Little Hunk - NE Face : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 12, 2013

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Comments: Thanks Bob - a picture tells a thousand stories.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : Pinnacles East
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 4, 2013

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Comments: Lots of good steep, technical face climbs in the 5.10 range here - different from Central Pinnacles.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Delancey Rock
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 2, 2013

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Comments: Different in character to the Central Pinnacles, climbs here respond well to good balance and graceful technique rather than power.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Bowery Rock
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 2, 2013

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Comments: Different in character to the Central Pinnacles, climbs here respond well to good balance and graceful technique rather than power.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Katz's Deli (5.10a)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 2, 2013

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Comments: The least quality of the three but still worth doing I think, first bolt clip could be argued to be precarious with a nasty slide down and right to the ground.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Central Park (5.10a)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 2, 2013

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Comments: Very nice climb with some variety, which yields to good balance and technical skill. Enjoyed it so much I did it twice! First bolt can be clipped from the ground.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Bowery Boys (5.9+)
By: Chris Owen When: Nov 2, 2013

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Comments: Technical face climbing with interesting crisp holds - well worth doing. You have to pull a move to clip the first bolt, an error here could lead to broken bones or a flip head-over-heels, not good. There's small cam potential on top of the large Africa shaped flake which constitutes the opening section of the climb.


Location: CA : High Desert : Devil's Punchbowl : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 22, 2013

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Comments: Heh - actually it's my face that scores the babes, it still does ;-).....but I have retired the red socks.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Merriam Peak
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 21, 2013

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Comments: Thank you, it has been corrected.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Fawnskin (5.10b)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 12, 2013

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Comments: Yes - worth doing, especially the slab finish.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Lake Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Wall Street (5.10b)
By: Chris Owen When: Oct 12, 2013

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Comments: I enjoyed this route, especially the flake moves.


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