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Location: CA : High Sierra : Charlotte Dome : Photo
By: Dennis When: Jul 8, 2014

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Comments: Great shot! Those colors are awesome.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Ragged Edges Area : Ragged Edges (5.8)
By: Dennis When: Nov 12, 2013

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Comments: Climbed RE this weekend. Linked the first pitch of Plan F with the second pitch of RE for a nice 200' long pitch. A great way to do it. Had a single rack to #3, probably would have benefited from a #4, but there was at least one slingable horn and other places for pro on the face to the right of the crack on P2. P2 was still runout, but overall a fun route!


Location: CA : San Jacinto Mountains : Black Mountain
By: Dennis When: Sep 15, 2013

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Comments: Hey folks, anyone been there recently? Thinking about going up to boulder and camp for the first time. Wondering if my camry will be able to handle the road.

Thanks!


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Dennis When: Apr 26, 2012

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Comments: Climbed Squawstruck last week. Many thanks to Tristan and Co. for putting it up. Overall I am glad I climbed it as it was a thoroughly unique adventure-sport climbing experience.

Bring a helmet. Most of the rockfall we saw was of the starburst sized variety that casually bounced of our helmets. However the character changes in the upper pitches (19-22). Here seemingly solid looking handholds broke off unleashing VHS cassette and car battery sized chunks of stone. I was appreciating the closely... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Little Cottonwood Canyon : The Thumb Area : The Summit Pitch (5.5)
By: Dennis When: Apr 17, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this yesterday. There is a new looking bolt protecting the final moves onto the shoulder. Also two sets of rap anchors on the summit. One on the north face, the other on the west face. Super fun and a must do if you've come all that way.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Zion 2012 Spring Cliff Clos...
By: Dennis When: Feb 29, 2012

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Comments: Does this include Iron Messiah? Thanks1


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Wildcat Falls & Above the C... : Separate Reality (5.12a) : Photo
By: Dennis When: Oct 10, 2010

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Comments: This is sick.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Russell : East Arete (3rd)
By: Dennis When: Jul 22, 2008

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Comments: Duke and myself descended down the East Arete after climbing Fishhook. If you camp at upper boy scout, the descent brings you right by camp on your way out back to the car.

Great way to get in two different routes in a day. Fun and exposed, definitely soloable.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Lembert Dome : Northwest Face : Direct Northwest Face (5.10c)
By: Dennis When: Jul 2, 2008

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Comments: The thin crux was tenuous but short. As of 6/30 there was a fixed nut at the crux within reach of 6 ft+ people.

The whole route can, and should, be done in 2 pitches with a 70m rope.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Whitney : East Buttress (5.7)
By: Dennis When: Jul 2, 2008

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Comments: Duke Cutter and I climbing the East Buttress last week. Permits were easy to obtain at the Lone Pine office mid-week. Be sure to ask for North Fork permits.

6/24: Hiked to Boy Scout lake with 45 pound packs. 3 hours.

6/25: Climbed East Butt of Whitney on 6/25. 2 hours approach to base of climb, 3.5 hours on the route with some simul climbing and soloing, 2 hour descent back to Boy Scout Lake.

6/26: Climbed Fishhook Arete on Russell and hiked back to the car. 3 hour approach, 5 hours on the ro... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Drug Dome : OZ (5.10d)
By: Dennis When: Jul 2, 2008

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Comments: There are rap rings on top of P3 and P2 (don't recall about P1). We climbed the first 3 pitches and double rope rappelled back to the base. Very convenient to do it this way.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Phobos/Diemos Cliff : Blues Riff (5.11b/c)
By: Dennis When: Jul 2, 2008

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Comments: Truly a standout climb. Combine the first 2 pitches into a long enduro pitch.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Mt. Conness : North Ridge (Easy 5th)
By: Dennis When: Jul 2, 2008

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Comments: Very fun route. The second half is like Cathedral Peak. Duke and I soloed it ctc in about 10 hours with lots of time to relax and enjoy the scenery. We also summited North Peak on the way. Highly recommend this side trip.

Trekking poles are also recommended during an early season ascent. As of July 1st, there are many snowfields to cross on both the ascent and descent.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Cathedral Rock : East Buttress (5.10c)
By: Dennis When: Apr 17, 2008

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Comments: Climbed the route using the '50 crowded' variation on Sunday. Gorgeous route and perfect weather. Unfortunately, the descent is horrendous right now. The gully is snow filled and clearly several parties before us made makeshift rappel stations. After the first 3 standard raps (which could all use a little upgrading), we made 4 more to negotiate the steep snow and ice.

Bottom line: Wait until July to climb this route.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Five Open Books : The Surprise (5.10a)
By: Dennis When: Mar 11, 2008

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Comments: Start with Werner's Ant Trees.... great fun.

The second and third pitches are excellent splitter cracks from fingers to hands.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Five Open Books : Werner's Ant Trees (5.10c)
By: Dennis When: Mar 11, 2008

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Comments: Great fun. I spent too much time looking for a bolt that isn't there to begin the traverse. Look for a pod/jug. This is where you go left. Bring small nuts or cams to protect the crux traverse, though your gear will be more psychological than protective.

Also, chopped bolt at the optional first belay (70'). Only a piton and 1-4" cracks a plenty for gear. Better yet, continue another 70' for a better belay stance.

Great way to start Surprise!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Yosemite Falls Area : Sunnyside Bench : Jamcrack (5.9)
By: Dennis When: Mar 11, 2008

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Comments: Climbed Jamcrack this weekend for the second time in 10 years. It was so much fun! Best to leave a long sling on the last piece before the ledge and combine P1 and 2.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Arch Rock : Midterm (5.10b)
By: Dennis When: Feb 22, 2008

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Comments: Used a C4 #4, #5, #6. The chockstone is definitely crap and rattled a bit upon inspection. I was able to walk the #6 up until about 10 ft below the chains. Echoing Skiclimber's comments, it really is an amazing journey through the sizes.


Location: CA : Central Sierra : Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Table Mountain : The Grotto : Squealer (5.11c)
By: Dennis When: Dec 24, 2007

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Comments: Really fun and quite overhung. Didn't realize how much until on the way down. Can comfortably link Go With the Flow and Squealer with a 70m rope.


Location: CA : Central Sierra : Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Table Mountain : The Grotto : Go with the Flow (5.9)
By: Dennis When: Dec 24, 2007

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Comments: Didn't try Granted, but this climb is quite fun. Great hands for most of the way, and an awesome way to approach Squealer. Can comfortably link the two with a 70m rope. Great fun.


Location: CA : Central Sierra : Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) : Table Mountain : The Grotto : Rawhide (5.10d)
By: Dennis When: Dec 24, 2007

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Comments: What a great crack. Felt like sustained 10d if you stick with the crack and don't stem.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Belle Campground Area : Photo
By: Dennis When: Dec 13, 2007

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Comments: Great shot!


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face : The Fracture (5.10d)
By: Dennis When: Aug 20, 2007

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Comments: Gorgeous crack. There are several good small nut placements. Tried the face to the left afterwards. Starts with fun mantels and then blanks out to super thin face climbing. Spit me off..... but fun!


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Fairview Dome : Regular Route (5.9)
By: Dennis When: Aug 12, 2007

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Comments: Climbed it this weekend. Great fun, ~5 hours car-to-car.

Some beta on P4. Do the Hollow Flake variation on the crescent arch pitch. Easy, exposed, and fun!


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Lee Vining Canyon and Tioga... : Dana Plateau : Third Pillar, Regular Route (5.10a)
By: Dennis When: Aug 12, 2007

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Comments: Climbed it this weekend for the second time and it was even better than I remembered it. Some beta:

P3: The 10a fingers is great fun. There was a fixed nut near the crux so it was like a sport crack.

P4: The supertopo recommends going up (10b) and left from the piton. This part is sketchy and has brittle loose feet. I chose to go straight up past the piton. One long reach gains a great flake and good pro.


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