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


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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 : Big Bear Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : 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.


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

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Comments: Met Pete back in 2010, he hooked the water up on my newly purchased cabin and seeing my Access Fund tee-shirt asked me if I was a climber - we talked for a while; "you're gonna have a blast" was his basic message to me.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 10, 2013

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Comments: Got to go back before I'm too old - I not bagging on Fred coz he's immortal.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Stoney Point : Canyon Boulders : Pan Cake (V4)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 8, 2013

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Comments: Says V4 for sit start in Urban Rock - not sure where I got that from but seems like bogus beta.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Area : Big Bear North : Holcomb Valley Pinnacles : ... : Stone Wall
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 3, 2013

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Comments: This wall is a sun trap, it's warm here even in the winter, and in the summer it's baking.


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Big Bear Area : Big Bear South : Castle Rock Area : ... : The Sphynx (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Apr 2, 2013

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Comments: Years ago I arrived at the top of this climb only to be told by the SB SAR people that I couldn't clip the anchors because they were going to use them ! My response was rather rapid "oh yes I am, watch me".


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Voodoo Dome
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2013

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Comments: We did the climb from the Needles end of fire road camp - passing all of the needles to the dome, then heading down and around to the base. It wasn't too bad, we'd already been at the Needles for a few days so were in the right frame of mind for that particular approach.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Voodoo Dome : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 31, 2013

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Comments: Nice one Bill.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Rider of the Dawn (5.10a)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: There's some knarly moves before clipping the first bolt.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Complete with MP chalk bag !


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : Senior Daredevil (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Crux is getting up to clip the first bolt and seemed harder than 5.9 to me.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Cattle Pocket : ... : El Chato (5.10b)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Excellent steep route which keeps you thinking all the way to the top.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : The Shark's Fin : Shark's Fin Arete (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Opening moves are the crux, but well protected by the first bolt being clipped from the ground. Fun route but the rock is a bit scrappy.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Lost Eye to the Moon : Eye For an Eye (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: All well equipped now. No mussy hooks at the top of the second pitch only links. We chose to rap the route - two raps. Tremendous second pitch which gets more and more though provoking as it steepens towards the top - great views when sitting on top bringing up the second, that's why I did it that way -- just to ponder a while.

Looks like I took Sean's option, crossing rightwards over the crack and shooting for the top - I think that's the way to go but yes harder than 5.7.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Lost Eye to the Moon : Riders of the Purple Sage (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Crux moves up to the first bolt. Then flakes etc, Then smeary to the anchors. Fun route.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Paul's Paradise : ... : Yaum (5.7)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Very good climb with a spectacular start, and is continuously interesting to the anchors. Getting to the first clip, while easy, is relatively high and exposed.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Western Wall Area : ... : Escargot (5.8)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: The traverse right, at the top is a blast and makes the climb.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Western Wall Area : ... : Mon Cherie (5.9)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Extremely well protected - even for a sport route. But good sequential moves towards the top which are more technical than the routes on Hoogie - actually had to stop and think.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Western Wall Area : ... : Leonosphere (5.8)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: Opening moves are the crux, once that first bolt is clipped the rest is cruise.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Alabama Hills : Western Wall Area : ... : Hoodgie (5.6)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 17, 2013

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Comments: More character than the better protected routes to the left due to its longer run-outs,and IMHO better because of it. Just lead it or leave it alone.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Suicide Rock : Sunshine Face
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 14, 2013

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Comments: I have a young friend (a good guy) who has done a lot of sport climbing; he said he'd feel really good if he could lead comfortably at 5.12. I told him that a better ambition would be to lead every route on the Sunshine Face up to 5.11+. It's not about the grade, it's about the rock and the lines we draw upon it.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Merriam Peak : The Flying Buttress (5.11)
By: Chris Owen When: Mar 1, 2013

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Comments: Wow - not to be confused with this Flying Buttress


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Angeles National Forest : Mount San Antonio/ Mt. Bald... : Upper South Ridge (Easy Snow) : Photo
By: Chris Owen When: Feb 20, 2013

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Comments: From a photo by Roland Brockers.


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