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Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : 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 >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Hop Route (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: The "nest of slings" 150 feet up has been removed, this rap anchor is now about 10 feet lower, a bunch of slings attached to a wire and around a block. The only problem is that this is 3 feet below the belay ledge, making for an awkward start to the rappel.

The bottom move past the wide section is the crux.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Sensuous Mortician (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Apr 20, 2011

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Comments: I followed this route last weekend and IMHO it deserves at least a PG13 rating. Definitely a great route, but not for beginning 5.9 leaders.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Blanca Peak : Little Bear-Blanca Traverse (5.0)
By: George Bell When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: Awesome job, Matt and Micah! Congrats on the winter traverse!


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : BC's Canadian Rockies : ... : North Ridge (5.5 Mod. Snow PG13)
By: George Bell When: Dec 31, 2010

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Comments: This route is really fun! Loose rock, of course, but that is expected up in Canada. The peak is gorgeous. The approach used to be a lot easier when you could do half of it on a mountain bike. Too bad they shut this down. See our trip report from 2000:

wwwright.com/climbing/tripreports/2000/Canada.htm


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : BC's Canadian Rockies : ... : South Face/Schwartz Ledges (Easy 5th AI2-3 Steep Snow X)
By: George Bell When: Dec 31, 2010

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Comments: I attempted this route many years ago. We had perfect weather and first traversed over to the Wishbone Arete, but this route was rotten and covered with a foot of fresh snow. The next day we headed up the South Face but the weather window had closed and the peak was fogged in. Partway up we were lost, of course, and in a sudden clearing we saw we were wandering around right under a huge ice cliff. Down we went.


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Ruth Gorge : Mt. Huntington : West Face Couloir (WI4+ M4 Steep Snow PG13)
By: George Bell When: Dec 2, 2010

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Comments: Awesome addition, Ken!


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Mt Triumph
By: George Bell When: Nov 23, 2010

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Comments: What is this mountain doing under Mt. Shuksan?


Location: CO : South Platte : Big Rock Candy Mountain : Fields of Dreams Growing Wi... (5.11+ R) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 28, 2009

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Comments: Fantastic pic, Pete!! Thanks for adding this.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Group Therapy (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Aug 20, 2009

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Comments: "Nobody is nearly dead." Hey, cool route name!!


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Photo
By: George Bell When: Aug 14, 2009

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Comments: Sad. I wonder what the Teton Glacier looks like?


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: Aug 12, 2009

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Comments: I see what you mean, perhaps it is more that 5.2 and 5.4 are often graded inconsistently because the graders have trouble distinguishing them. It is the people who notice the jump from 5.2 to 5.4 that should be grading these climbs!

Soloing almost requires a different grading system....


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : East Face (Standard) (5.4)
By: George Bell When: Aug 12, 2009

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Comments: I must admit I cannot tell the difference between 5.2 and 5.4!

I've also climbed the face in 4 pitches (almost), with a 60m rope, no simulclimbing. To do so you have to follow a straight line between the start and summit, and then I ended up 30 feet short of the summit on pitch 4 and belayed off the giant chicken head (so, 4.1 pitches). I think if you stretch every pitch you could do it, or certainly with a 65m or 70m rope.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Dark Angel : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jul 25, 2009

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Comments: Moose near Moab? Perhaps it was wet enough back then. This could be an important archeological/climatological discovery!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jul 10, 2009

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Comments: Yipes! With a full rack too! I have always gone around that boulder ...


Location: International : Australia : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jul 10, 2009

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Comments: Fantastic shot! I wonder why she put in so much gear in that one section?


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jun 23, 2009

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Comments: Nope. Different guy.


Location: WY : Ten Sleep Canyon
By: George Bell When: Jun 10, 2009

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Comments: Heat? I drove through the canyon last Friday and the temperature was about 35-45 degrees F! This was unusually cold, though.


Location: CO : June Voluntary Climbing Clo...
By: George Bell When: Jun 8, 2009

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Comments: I was at Devils Tower over the weekend, and it was too rainy to climb anyway. Not that we planned to do so, having brought no climbing gear. I got some nice photos of the tower coming in and out of the fog.

I don't see how one can get too upset about a voluntary closure. If you feel so strongly about it, why not just climb anyway? I noticed that you must get a permit, and I suppose the rangers will try to convince you not to go.

I would also suggest that it is not the local climbers that a... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Sentinel Rock : Steck-Salathe (5.10-)
By: George Bell When: May 27, 2009

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Comments: Stashing gear? That's cheatin'! Nothing like thrashing down the gully lost in the dark, wondering if that is a drop-off below you, with your headlamp fading and your mouth like sandpaper.

Darn, why did I never think of that? Add:
4. You can't wimp out so easily.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier)
By: George Bell When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: I have to admit it does seem crazy to have rappel alternative to a 3rd class downclimb. I noticed these bolts when we were up there but we just walked down. I suppose the bolts could be useful in a downpour, or something. Since they are there, I'd not suggest removing them.


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