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Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Hallett Peak - mixed/ice : Great Dihedral to Upper But... (M4-5)
By: erik rieger When: Aug 3, 2014

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Comments: Superb climbing. No pins needed. A purple TCU is nice to have on the first pitch, otherwise kind of runout.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Ypsilon Mountain : Blitzen Ridge (5.4)
By: erik rieger When: Jul 12, 2014

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Comments: Nice position and good rock.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Enter The Dragon (aka Old R... (5.7 M4 Steep Snow)
By: erik rieger When: Apr 29, 2014

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Comments: I added an overview photo of the upper part of this route after reading Martin's comment. Might help put into perspective how much more climbing is required to "walk off" from Flattop.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Easter Rock : Willard (5.11c)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 12, 2014

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Comments: This is up there with bad routes I've done in the canyon. The finishing move is just WEIRD.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Easter Rock : The Penguin (5.12b/c)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 12, 2014

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Comments: Not too bad until you hit the crux. Then it's hard.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Practice Rock : Regular Route (5.11b)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 12, 2014

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Comments: This is a really nice route—one of the best finger cracks in the canyon—and great for training laps. It's 11a, straight up.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Real Hidden Valley : Tumbling Rainbow Formation : Runaway (5.11a/b)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 3, 2014

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Comments: Hard down low, slippery up high, sustained throughout. Felt pretty dang 5.11. Amazing position.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : ... : Sheila (5.10a)
By: erik rieger When: Dec 9, 2013

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Comments: A classic one-pitcher most anywhere. Leave the #6 at the ground.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Enter The Dragon (aka Old R... (5.7 M4 Steep Snow)
By: erik rieger When: Dec 7, 2013

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Comments: I've done this route twice now. If you're good at scouting for melt-freeze conditions, you'll enjoy the crap out of this route. Also, there can be significant avy danger on the route.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Eldora : Hessie : Hessie Chimney (WI4 M5)
By: erik rieger When: Dec 3, 2013

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Comments: This route is still good when dry. I'm sure it's instantly more classic with ice.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Whitney Portal : Whitney Portal Buttress : Nimbus (5.10c PG13)
By: erik rieger When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: Worthwhile, but not mega compared to other nearby routes. Definitely some grainy rock on the second pitch.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road : Saint Peter's Overlook : The Martyr (5.9)
By: erik rieger When: Nov 8, 2013

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Comments: This is a route to be enjoyed many, many times.

Though there are three distinct ways to start, the best way up the first pitch is to step left at the ring piton and jam up a wonderful thin-hands crack on the arete, then climb the hidden open-book above until the step-over right. The second pitch is just pure fun. Many variations exist on this tower.

Please be respectful of the pristine wilderness and climbing in this zone.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : Deep Freeze (WI5-6 M5 R)
By: erik rieger When: Nov 3, 2013

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Comments: As Ben says, the direct start really adds to the route.

I led up the arching thin cracks with the fixed angle—this is on the right side of the wall directly below the first chockstone—which consists of pretty in your face, yet decently protected, dry-tooling. You could also burrow deep into the back of the chimney, but it doesn't look as good. That start makes the route close to 1,000' long, though there's plenty of easy rambling.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island : The Bait (5.11a)
By: erik rieger When: Oct 27, 2013

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Comments: Mid-size nut or small TCU sews up the top. Good route.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair I : Raised On Robbery (5.10b)
By: erik rieger When: Oct 23, 2013

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Comments: Cool 3D start to this one.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Whitney / Lone Pine Area : Whitney Portal : The Whale : Bony Fingers (5.11b R)
By: erik rieger When: Oct 23, 2013

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Comments: This climb is so stellar! Agreed that the slab start is soft for the Portal, but is probably on par elsewhere and gets the engine going. All goes well as two pitches with a 70m.

Per the Hoyt Axton country song:
"Work your fingers to the bone—
Whadda' ya get?
(Whoo-whoo)
Boney Fingers
Boney Fing-gers"


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Elephant Rock : Pink Dream (5.10a)
By: erik rieger When: Oct 21, 2013

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Comments: Both pitches are excellent. Easy two-rope rap.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Ribbon Falls Area : Gold Wall : The Silent Line (5.10 C1)
By: erik rieger When: Oct 21, 2013

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Comments: Might be worth mentioning this route is essentially a water groove. Free climbing the 5.11 start to P2 would be hard, but a mix of free and aid make the pitch pretty fun.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/... : Happy Boulders
By: erik rieger When: Sep 22, 2013

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Comments: Lost Julbo sunglasses here on 9/22, would love them back!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Black Widow Slab : Consilience (5.11b/c)
By: erik rieger When: Sep 9, 2013

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Comments: This route is excellent, with great rock, great moves, and interesting holds. Some shenanigans were required to lower with a 60m rope.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair I : Public Enemy (5.11c)
By: erik rieger When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: Classic route. Not 10a, as the newest guidebook states—that's hilarious. 11b/c feels right.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Pervertical Sanctuary (5.11a)
By: erik rieger When: Aug 2, 2013

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Comments: Holy CRAP. Literally. On Aug 1, we unknowingly flaked our rope over the large flake on top of the Mitten to find out someone had recently taken a huge shit inside. Fresh poop, all over our rope! To whoever did that and whoever's partner allowed them to, I hope you go back up there with a long scrub brush and clean up your shit. There must have been at least FIVE other ways you could've taken a crap that didn't directly affect a classic, popular, and well-traveled route. Seriously, shame on you. ... more >>


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : North Six Shooter Peak : Liquid Sky (5.11+)
By: erik rieger When: Jul 19, 2013

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Comments: I have no clue how many times Liquid Sky has been climbed or how frequently, but to add to this thread and help out those gunning for it (or dissuade them)...Two friends linked up Liquid Sky (the leader onsighted it) and then Lightning Bolt Cracks in a day. See pages 49-50: issuu.com/coloradocollegealpinejournal/docs/ccaj2011. Pretty impressive. I imagine most would agree.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : The Crypt (WI4)
By: erik rieger When: Jul 19, 2013

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Comments: A good backup if the route you came for isn't in condition or the weather sucks. Otherwise, not sure it's worth the hike. Rap slings are up and right of the route and may be snow-covered.


Location: SD : Custer State Park
By: erik rieger When: Jun 27, 2013

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Comments: I remember being super hesitant to travel all the way to the Needles my first time (What—South Dakota? Rockclimbing?). However, after climbing close to 20-or-so odd towers in a couple days, camping at Poverty Gulch (the free Camp 4 of the Needles), and being touted around by a young local to the best climbs, it still stands out as one of the most awesome and memorable climbing venues I've ever been to. There are so many standout climbs here.


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