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Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : Y2K (5.10a)
By: George Bell When: Nov 9, 2011

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Comments: How did Swain know to traverse right? My guess is, he inspected the route with binocs before beginning his ascent. Probably he also used high res photos of the cliff to assist in drawing the topos in his RR guidebook, that is a great way to get all the cracks in the right place. Hint, hint, to all you aspiring guidebook authors.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Photo
By: George Bell When: Nov 2, 2011

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Comments: Gotta be from NW of the Fishers ... I'd guess from the river road (128).


Location: International : North America : Canada : Alberta : Jasper National Park
By: George Bell When: Oct 29, 2011

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Comments: mountainproject.com/v/mount-ro...

Mt. Robson is not in Jasper NP ...


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Front Porch : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 25, 2011

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Comments: Whoa! A line for the Front Porch! There's something seriously weird about that tree in the foreground, too.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : BC's Canadian Rockies : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 22, 2011

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Comments: Gorgeous!


Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Colorado National Monument : Independence Monument : Otto's Route (5.8+)
By: George Bell When: Oct 21, 2011

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Comments: Has anyone ever done the last pitch without using any of the pockets? This is a good challenge for bored climbers who think it is too easy using the pockets.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Burger Madness (5.10b)
By: George Bell When: Sep 26, 2011

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Comments: PI is super-thick this year up Skunk Canyon. I don't think I've ever seen it so healthy.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Lower Merced River Canyon : 30 - The Rostrum : Blind Faith (5.11d)
By: George Bell When: Sep 21, 2011

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Comments: Will (or anyone else), just add the description of that pitch as a comment and the admins can add it to the route description.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Satan's Slab (5.8 R)
By: George Bell When: Sep 19, 2011

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Comments: Nic, if you went down the gully W of Satan's Slab those climbs may be "Doric Dihedral" and "Beware the Future" which are listed under the rock Satan's Slab. The Guardian is possible too, but I always have trouble seeing the bolts on that route from the creek.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Stairway to Heaven (5.3)
By: George Bell When: Sep 12, 2011

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Comments: We did a nice variation on our 3rd or 4th pitch. When you are nearing "Like Heaven" up the ramp (which bypasses it on the right), cross a gully to the left and head left onto the main south ridge of "Like Heaven", reaching the summit chains from the south. Then downclimb from the summit and continue as per usual. This way "Like Heaven" is not a side trip "extra credit" summit, you go right over it.

Heaven was an unpleasant spot yesterday inhabited by clouds of swarming gnats. At least these... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Hea...
By: George Bell When: Sep 12, 2011

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Comments: We were visited by a mountain lion yesterday while packing up at the base of Stairway to Heaven. Although it is only a few hundred yards off the Mesa Trail, the base of this climb seems remote and seldom visited. I'm sure the healthy crop of poison ivy keeps people out. The poison ivy in Skunk Canyon is really bad right now!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face Left (5.5)
By: George Bell When: Aug 19, 2011

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Comments: You can downclimb the SW chimney, see the description under that route. I've done it, but I prefer to bring a rope and rap because there is one spot that is a little slippery and holdless. I don't free solo any route except the Standard Route any more.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Northwest Territories : The Cirque of the Unclimbab...
By: George Bell When: Jul 7, 2011

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Comments: My guide is now at:
home.comcast.net/~gibell/cirqu...


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Security Risk Massif : Lower Security Risk : Security Risk (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Jun 21, 2011

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Comments: I submit that *many* multi-pitch routes are not done today following the exact line of the first ascent. Thus, the argument that "the original line is the way to go, because the FA team went that way", holds no water for me. I still recommend avoiding the original start, even if I may be in the minority.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Yellow Brick Road (5.10b)
By: George Bell When: May 18, 2011

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Comments: Thanks, John. I do not advocate yellow bolts, but I thought it was an interesting piece of history about the route. I wish I had taken some photos of it back then!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Yellow Brick Road (5.10b)
By: George Bell When: May 17, 2011

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Comments: The original bolts on this route were painted yellow. From the photos, it appears that this is no longer true.

Description should include descent info: Click your heels together three times while chanting "there's no place like Vegas."


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Denali : Cassin Ridge (5.8 WI4) : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 17, 2011

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Comments: Yep. Check out this pic for a similar perspective.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Lower Exum Ridge (5.7) : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 10, 2011

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Comments: Doesn't the 4th pitch go up the chimney on the other side of that tower (out of sight)? I don't seem to remember it facing west ...


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Grand Teton : Lower Exum Ridge (5.7) : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 10, 2011

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Comments: Either way works. When we did the 3rd class approach, at one point it went under a dripping waterfall from a recent storm. We were worried that ice could have formed under it (September) but it must have been just above freezing.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 8, 2011

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Comments: Yipes! Never noticed that big cave. ;-)


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Middle Brother : The Folly : The Good Book (5.10d)
By: George Bell When: May 6, 2011

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Comments: Moss? Wow, amazing. There used to be lines at the base of this route (20 years ago). Awesome 3rd pitch, super pumpy.


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 5, 2011

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Comments: Whoa! The Angel Food wall looks like a tiny cliff, the entire cliff is really just a small feature in this pic!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : Birdland (5.7+)
By: George Bell When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: This route is great, but the last two belays are not crowd friendly -- just two bolts without much of a stance. The last belay in particular is a hanging belay except for the leader who gets the foothold. To pass the people coming up, we rapped from the top of 4 all the way to 2 with two 60m ropes. A clever ploy until our ropes got hung up on the way down. We also got the rope hung up on the rap from the top of p 2, and others got ropes hung up on the p 1 rap. Recommend you pull your knots... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Group Therapy (5.7) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: Alternatively, you can scramble up and begin the pitch from the big block that (I think) is the one visible immediately to the left of the tree in the center of the photo. This block is a nice shady place in case it is sunny and hot. To get there (easily) scramble up a gully to the right and traverse back left.


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : Angel Food Wall : Group Therapy (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: Great route! I also think this is the best route on the wall.

The start can be tricky to locate. Following SuperTopo, we scrambled up into Healy's Haunted House, a wide dark chimney. Once you locate this, look for a car-sized block on the left side of the base of this chimney. This block is visible in the beta photo for the first pitch (I think). We started the pitch by stepping left off this block and onto the face above. You can get to the block easily unroped from the usual start (beta... more >>


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