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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 : Big Bear Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake 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.


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