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Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Escalante Canyon : Zappa Wall : Short Corner (5.10+)
By: erik rieger When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Just a gear note: a #5 is better for the pod. After that, it's all green Camalots/red Metolius. Purples are a bit tapped.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Indian Peaks Wilderness Are... : Saint Vrain Peak - Middle S...
By: erik rieger When: Mar 7, 2015

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Comments: If you're looking for a leg day plus some good climbing, this is a good spot to go. It's 7-8 miles to St. Vrain Peak from the closed gate.

Between the campground and the "Dog Day" routes shown here, there are up to 15 total ice/mixed climbs on various walls from moderate to hard (over 6 miles...), all on the south side of this long valley. The routes are similar to south-facing routes you might find in Hyalite Canyon and are very condition dependent. In general, you should expect steep, sun-bak... more >>


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake
By: erik rieger When: Mar 4, 2015

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Comments: Desert limestone. Awesome. Felt like a great winter crag with a ton of potential.


Location: NM : Truth or Consequences Area : Caballo Lake : Bat Cave Area : Tufa Wall : Tufa Consequences (5.10)
By: erik rieger When: Mar 4, 2015

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Comments: Good warmup. Too bad those tufas aren't longer.


Location: NM : Enchanted Tower
By: erik rieger When: Feb 19, 2015

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Comments: I was here for a few days over Thanksgiving. Great climbing and not a single other party. With temps 50-60F and sunny, it was hot climbing in t-shirts. Easy to chase sun or shade all day. Only a small amount of snow on shady parts of the road then. If the snowpack was low, it seems like this would be excellent throughout the winter on warmer days.


Location: CT : CT Ice Climbing : Green Disease Wall
By: erik rieger When: Feb 17, 2015

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Comments: Yep, I can start doing that


Location: International : North America : Canada : Alberta : Banff National Park : ... : The Professor Falls (WI4)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 19, 2015

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Comments: This can be done in 4 pitches with some walking/simul-climbing on the section below the final pitch. ^8 pitches, seriously? It'd be really unnecessary to break it up that much.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Bat Guano Crack (mistakenly... (5.11-)
By: erik rieger When: Jan 15, 2015

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Comments: You can start this up the lower crack, but the preferred start is to face climb in from the left.


Location: WY : Cody : South Fork Shoshone (Ice) : The Schoolhouse Route (WI4)
By: erik rieger When: Dec 19, 2014

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Comments: More of an approach than a "route."


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Rip Van Winkle (5.10a)
By: erik rieger When: Dec 8, 2014

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Comments: Can be reached via Turkey Foot by a half-fun pitch (half of it's great, the other half has thorn bushes). Great pitch up a super clean crack aside from the very large, teetering block (both blocks are loose).


Location: CA : San Diego County : McCain Valley : Lowenbrau Pinnacle : Not known (A2 R) : Photo
By: erik rieger When: Nov 14, 2014

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Comments: Top rope aiding with two chalkbags. Seriously??


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Citadel Crag
By: erik rieger When: Oct 17, 2014

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Comments: Great warm-ups in the north side corridor and sustained face climbs on the west faces here, too.


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

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


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 : Bear Lake Trailheads : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : ... : 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 : Bear Lake Trailheads : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : ... : 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 more ice. Hopefully no more death blocks.


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 : Glacier Gorge Trailhead Ice : 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. Once in the lower gully, head up the arching thin cracks with the fixed angle—this is on the right side of the cleft directly below the first chockstone. This involves steep and pretty in your face dry tooling with okay protection. You can also burrow deep into the back of the chimney, but it's not as good. You'll wind behind the first chockstone then out the front of the other. The direct start makes the route close to 1,000' long, though ... more >>


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