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Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : ... : The Prow Wall
By: Christopher Barlow When: Aug 26, 2014

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Comments: I climbed on the Prow Wall three times recently. For what it's worth, I thought the approach from the top of the Apron, up South Gully, to the bottom of the Prow Wall was pretty rough: slimy, loose, mosquito-infested, and steep. Then, the flared right-facing corner access pitch was wet, like running with water. It was still climbable but more stressful than 10+ ought to be. That said, it's kind of a fun, novel challenge to climb the water and grime.

Likewise, hiking to the top of the Prow Wall ... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Fifi Buttress : Romulan Freebird (5.12c)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Wow, this is an awesome route: steep, featured, nice ledges, and pretty clean, difficult climbing. I'd put this route up there with some of the very best moderate length free climbs in the Valley. We also only went to the top of p6.

A few thoughts to add to the above description:

I thought the crux p6 was hard compared to the lower 5.12 pitches and other similarly rated stuff in the Valley. I have fat fingers and tried it in the sun, but if you told me it was 13-, I wouldn't raise an eyebrow. ... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Phobos/Diemos Cliff : Goldfinger (5.12a)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Super good, long pitch; probably one of the better single-pitch cracks in the park. The recommended rack seems a little vague/sparse, especially for someone trying to onsight. While I'm sure one could protect this pitch adequately with nothing bigger than a 1" piece, it would probably require quadruples of cams from .5-1" to have comfortably spaced pro. Instead, I'd recommend a double set of cams up to hand-sized (#2 Camalot or equivalent) and possibly triples of the tips/tight f... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Bell Buttress Massif : Bell Buttress - Main Crag : Beethoven's Fifth (5.12d PG13)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: Obviously, safety ratings are subjective, too, and are often hypothetical until someone (or several someones) tests it, but to me PG-13 means "safe as long as you maximize pro, but you still might take long falls," which I think describes Beethoven's exactly. That said, there's "not insignificantly difficult" climbing that is only protected by 2 equalized RPs, and below that is the ground. Sure, I believe they would've held, but it did seem kind of heads up. For sure, falling off the actual hard... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : China Doll (P1-2, free) (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Apr 14, 2014

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Comments: So, I threatened to strip the very old draws on CD last fall, but I got sick and didn't go back. I'm following through now - they'll be gone by the end of the week. If these old (mostly Wild Country and Metolius) draws are yours, I'll happily return them; just let me know.

Also, I managed to get a stopper welded into the crack at the start of the upper crux. I could hammer it out, but it would destroy it in the process. So, I've left it there since I plan to fall on it a few more time... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Black Orpheus Amphitheater : Tuscarora (5.12)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Mar 22, 2014

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Comments: Yes, excellent route. The only drawback is, like Cloud Tower and others here, that it ends in the middle of nowhere - just a random ledge. If it were to climb one more steep face pitch to the top of the buttress (which I think it could with a lot of bolts and some creativity), it'd be a totally world-class hard rock climb.

The crux is very hard, but the difficulty is pretty condensed. The route felt to me like sustained 5.10, a few sections on pitches 3 and 4 of 5.11, and a 7-move V5/6. I found... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel : China Doll (P1-2, free) (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Nov 10, 2013

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Comments: The 13c pitch currently has draws on every bolt. I can personally attest that they've been there for at least 13 months. Due to the fact that they've spent over a year hanging on the wall, which gets half a day of sun, and that this route is also a trad climb, I propose to remove them. If you are actively projecting this route, let me know. Otherwise, I'll probably take them down next weekend (11/16). If they are yours, send me a message (including a description of the draws), and I'll happily r... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : East Fork Valley : I Think Therefore I Ambush (5.12- PG13)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Sep 20, 2013

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Comments: Total height of the wall is around 1600 feet, so no matter which way you start climbing (grassy gully or full Ambush Plaisir approach), the total length of the climb is close to that since it doesn't traverse much.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Apple Cider : The Corrections (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Nov 15, 2012

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Comments: Ben, you think you are actively projecting those routes? I'm teasing. Just sounded like you weren't sure. Stop projecting and send 'em.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Apple Cider : The Corrections (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Nov 15, 2012

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Comments: I guess I should clarify that I've relocated to the Front Range (plenty of draws hanging around here), so I don't have a dog in the fight, per se. Since I was part of the FA of The Corrections and I consider it one of my proudest additions to Durango climbing, I have some investment in the conversation.

Personally, I'm less concerned about paint. Eventually, the shine goes away, giving way to rusted, dangerous bolts. I'm sort of kidding.

As far as in-situ draws (as opposed to weather/wear resi... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Apple Cider : The Corrections (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Nov 14, 2012

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Comments: Is this the only route at East A that has draws on it, or are there others?

I doubt these draws are "fixed" but are simply left up there, hopefully as project draws (I only know they're not mine). It seems to me that in most cases if someone is actively (like, at least once a week?) working a route, leaving draws on the route is reasonable. When the person is done, the draws should come down.

"Fixed draws," like those at the Golf Wall, are different. They're actually designed to stay in place.... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Free Tibet Sector : Reverse Cowgirl (5.12c)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Sep 12, 2012

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Comments: Erik,

This made me laugh. Nice work.

- And on the route, too. This is the face just right of Track Team with some triangular features at mid-height? If so, this was the next line on my list to equip before I left town. Sweet.


Location: CO : Durango : Cascade Canyon : Free Tibet Sector : Shades of Gray Project (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Jun 24, 2012

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Comments: I never said it was choss. In fact, most of the pitch is on really good vertical to radically steep rock. Certainly, there's a bit of dust and lichen that still need to be cleaned up, but most of the rock is quite solid. The glue, which is on exactly four holds, two of them small and two larger features, is only slightly obtrusive and somewhat ethically shady (hence the name).


Location: WY : Wind River Range : East Fork Valley : I Think Therefore I Ambush (5.12- PG13)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Jun 9, 2012

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Comments: As we approach the Winds climbing season again, I thought I'd share this story about the first ascent of ITTIA to get folks psyched to repeat this thing. Thanks for indulging . . .

Our Little Rodeo


Location: CO : Durango : Golf Wall : Country Club Cave : Master's Leftover (5.12-)
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 25, 2012

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Comments: Dave H. and I updated some hardware on this route. The fourth bolt was placed in a distressingly hollow flake. We moved it up into solid rock and extended the chain. The flake, a key feature for climbing, will probably stick around for a bit longer now, too.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Byrd's : B-Team Arete (5.12d)
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 25, 2012

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Comments: Nice work, guys. This thing looks darn cool and, judging from the video, heaps of fun to climb on . . . .


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Watch Crystal : Hidden Gem (5.12d)
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 19, 2012

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Comments: Having only tried it once, I would estimate the grade to be a bit more than the 12+/13- given by Marcus. The crux has pretty small holds.


Location: CO : Durango : Lemon Reservoir : East Side : Jack Frost (5.13)
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 18, 2012

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Comments: In the hopes of encouraging more folks to get on this line, I found it to be somewhat easier than the 13c grade given in the Durango Sandstone guidebook. More ascents will help settle it.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Spray Wall : Spew (5.13a) : Photo
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 10, 2012

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Comments: The description on this photo is misleading. Spew (not "Spray") climbs exactly on the arete until about halfway out it, then moves directly up to the left-trending seam, which leads back to the arete. The route finishes at the top left corner of the cliff. Spray is not easily visible in this photo (way around left above the detached boulder). The huge chalked jug is not on Spew but on Rapture. There is a less obvious jug that is chalked directly on the arete and is part of Spew. I felt the need ... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Apple Cider : The Corrections (5.13+)
By: Christopher Barlow When: May 3, 2012

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Comments: If you need to procrastinate even more, here's a brief documentary of the first ascent:




Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock : Choose Life (5.13d)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Apr 29, 2012

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Comments: Man, it would be cool if this route were approved. Thanks to the folks whose efforts have persuaded OSMP to consider this kind of development. It will be quite a contribution to the climbing community.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Apple Cider : Heros Are Hard To Find (5.10c)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Apr 17, 2012

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Comments: The large flake at the top of the stemming section (about halfway up the route) has become very loose. It is visibly flexing and is large enough to do some serious damage if one were to pull it off (think: 1000+ lbs. of rock falling 30 feet). Marcus G. and I both thought it looked/felt way more hollow than it used to, and we both thought it was now in the "pretty scary" level of looseness. There isn't really a way to avoid climbing on it, although using good technique and select holds makes it r... more >>


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Overview & Waterfall : The Dodgy Vixen (5.12a)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Mar 26, 2012

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Comments: Big huecos to crankin' on epoxied crimps over a bulge sounds about right. If one is standing at the tree that begins the routes (identified by a bolt near the tree), this is the line that climbs the tree then goes furthest right. Really cool climbing if one ignores the hollowness of the big huecos.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : The Monument : Desert Gold (5.13a PG13)
By: Christopher Barlow When: Feb 25, 2012

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Comments: Are most free ascents done as one pitch from the base or from a belay on top of the 5.8?


Location: NV : Arrow Canyon
By: Christopher Barlow When: Feb 24, 2012

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Comments: If I don't have high enough clearance to get around the rough spot at the final turn off (and assuming I'm willing to walk the extra mile to the canyon), is there a place to park that won't offend anyone?


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