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Location: MA : Milford Bouldering : Milford North : Tom Sawyer (V7-8)
By: DFrench When: Sep 27, 2010

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Comments: Hey, thanks for posting up some more Milford stuff.

Is this one north or south of 495? I have a hard time finding some of these places.

I'm assuming that the new bike path you mention is the Upper Charles Trail?


Location: MA
By: DFrench When: Sep 8, 2010

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Comments: Michael,

What specific areas are you talking about? I agree that there could be a few more inconspicuous anchors, but this just wouldn't fly in certain places without ruffling some local feathers. Perhaps bringing it up in the forums is a step in the right direction, though it would help to know what crag you're climbing at.

-Doug


Location: TX : Hueco Tanks : North Mountain : The Big Time : See Spot Run (V6 PG13)
By: DFrench When: Aug 29, 2010

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Comments: According to Matt Wilder's Hueco Tanks guide, the FA of this problem was by Bob Murray on top-rope. It was later bouldered out by John Sherman.


Location: CO : Grand Junction area : Escalante Canyon : Interiors Wall Area : Interiors (5.9-)
By: DFrench When: May 29, 2010

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Comments: Are there supposed to be anchors at the top for this climb? Or do you just traverse right on bird-shit ledge to the anchors for the Cave Route (10a)?

I traversed right and it kind of sucked, especially for my girlfriend who was looking at a nice swing along the poopy ledge if she slipped. Great way to learn to chimney!


Location: MA : Cape Ann : The Approach Boulder : The Warm Up aka The Ear (V3)
By: DFrench When: Apr 28, 2010

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Comments: Is this the same as the Orange Peel problem?


Location: MA : Hopkinton State Park : Numb World (V4)
By: DFrench When: Mar 22, 2010

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Comments: You're right. Josh PM'd me and said that this problem tops out to the right. You can see the sidepull that has been excavated from the moss.


Location: MA : Redrock and vicinity : Steps (5.8)
By: DFrench When: Mar 22, 2010

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Comments: Yeah, I'd say getting yourself onto the slab proper is the only barely 5.8 move on there and it feels much easier once you know how to do it. The rest of the climb is no harder than 5.4


Location: MA : Quincy Quarries : K Wall (aka M Face) : Photo
By: DFrench When: Mar 19, 2010

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Comments: This is indeed an amazing photos, but for more than just the composition. You've somehow made Quincy Quarries appear as though it resembles a "natural" setting. Well done! There's no broken glass and I can't even see the graffiti on the walls!...sigh....


Location: MA : Hopkinton State Park : Numb World (V4)
By: DFrench When: Feb 26, 2010

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Comments: Is this the "Arete Rock" that is mentioned on p. 111 of Boston Rocks 2nd Ed. ? I couldn't find it using the book's directions, but I went and checked out the rock using the OP's directions and it seemed to fit what the book was trying to say.

Anyways, this is a great looking problem with excellent quality granite, looking forward to getting on it at some point.

Question to the OP, does this problem top out to the right of the arete (climber's right) or do you go left?


Location: MA : Redrock and vicinity : Photo
By: DFrench When: Feb 18, 2010

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Comments: I think this is Rip van Winkle? Not sure, definitely a fun route whatever it is.


Location: MA : Redrock and vicinity : Morning Glory (5.8+)
By: DFrench When: Oct 4, 2009

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Comments: Update: as of August '09 there are 3 bolts protecting this climb, which felt just about right. Felt like 5.9+ on a humid day in the sun.

On a side note, has anyone climbed the left-facing corner with two crack systems that is about 20 feet left of this climb (like if you were to continue up the left slanting ramp at the start)?


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : Runaway (5.8)
By: DFrench When: Apr 24, 2009

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Comments: Climbed this today after waiting for the snow to melt off the approach. Definitely worth a visit. There are many thought provoking sequences separated by good rests. I also placed a #1 Camalot after the last bolt. Thanks to whoever took the time to clean up this route!

I had to park in the small pull-off that serves as the entrance to the parking/picnic area because the road down to the river was closed off with an orange fence. There is still enough room for 1 maybe 2 cars to fit safely.... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Washington Column : The Prow (5.8 C2-3) : Photo
By: DFrench When: Aug 16, 2008

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Comments: Umm...isn't there supposed to be a 'biner in the bottom hole of the Pro-Traxion?


Location: UT : Triassic : Land of a Thousand Boulders : Golden (V1)
By: DFrench When: Jul 5, 2008

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Comments: Could someone add in a description of WHERE this route is, please?


Location: TX : Hueco Tanks : North Mountain : Mushroom Boulder : Center El Murray (V6)
By: DFrench When: Jun 17, 2008

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Comments: Stars aside, this historic route (along with its two neighbors) deserves a much better description that at least pays tribute to the very man that it is named after. It should acknowledge the fact that the El Murrays were once (yes, they are sadly closed) a true litmus test for aspiring hard-men (and women) who made the pilgrimage to the Tanks.

And not even a picture?!?!

I am certainly no historian, but I believe FA credit ought be given to Bob Murray, who ascended the routes first on toprope... more >>


Location: TX : Hueco Tanks : North Mountain : Photo
By: DFrench When: Feb 10, 2008

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Comments: Hershey's Symphony? I thought that looked like the tallest and scariest V1 I'd ever seen. Kudos to you, captain.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : The Priest : Honeymoon Chimney (5.11a) : Photo
By: DFrench When: Jan 14, 2008

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Comments: Wow, that is some resourceful nut use. Why didn't I ever think of that?


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Chore Boy (5.10b/c)
By: DFrench When: Aug 21, 2007

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Comments: I racked up for this route with a slew of small-to-medium gear after reading these posts and it ended up being nothing but dead-weight.

The "run-out" sections were always accompanied by easier climbing (and a nice new bolt) and I felt that to stop and fiddle with a placement would have been a waste of strength.

That said, the event of a spontaneous fall (aren't they always spontaneous?) probably would have resulted in a rather unenjoyable ride down the feature-ridden face.

The moral of the... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Ho Hum (5.4)
By: DFrench When: Jul 21, 2007

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Comments:
  • *A note of caution to any who desire to TR this route: The LEFT bolt-hanger is attached by a very loose nut as of July 20th 2007. It seems to slowly uscrew itself during use. This is also the case with the route to the left, Jam It



Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Jam It (5.8)
By: DFrench When: Jul 21, 2007

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Comments:
  • *A note of caution to any who desire to TR this route: the (climber's) LEFT bolt-hanger is attached by a very loose nut, i.e. it comes unscrewed slowly with use. [as of July 20th 2007]. This is also the case with the route to the right, Ho Hum

And, as was posted in the general forum, one of the new bolt-hangers from Idle Hands is still missing.


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