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Location: WY : Ten Sleep Canyon
By: George Bell When: Feb 14, 2012

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Comments: Alex, mid-March is still winter in Wyoming so likely ideal for ice climbing in Ten Sleep.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Glacier Point Apron : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 3, 2012

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Comments: You can see her shoes hanging off her harness, right under the tape on her right wrist. That purple sling is rather colorful as well!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: Jan 17, 2012

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Comments: Patrick, the standard descent is three raps with a 50m (or longer) rope off the back side (facing west). Follow the chains, the first rap is only about 15m. Be careful to move to the northmost station for the third rappel, or a 50m or 60m rope won't reach. There are 2 fat bolts plus chains for each rappel (don't rappel off a single eye bolt, this is the long 40m rap off the last ledge).

You cannot (easily) rap back down the east face.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Titan : Finger of Fate (5.8 A2)
By: George Bell When: Dec 7, 2011

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Comments: Big bivy ledge after pitch 6. It would be great to sleep on the Titan, and hauling probably isn't bad as the first 3 pitches are so steep. I remember a story in Ascent or maybe Nat Geo about the midnight attack of some "Cone-nosed kissing bugs", I think it was on that ledge. Probably gone by now!


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : First Creek Slabs : Bad Moon Arising (5.7 R)
By: George Bell When: Dec 1, 2011

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Comments: Yeah CCR!
I see the bad moon arising. / I see trouble on the way. / I see earthquakes and lightnin'. / I see bad times today.
Don't go around tonight,/ Well, it's bound to take your life, / There's a bad moon on the rise.


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. ;-)


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