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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.


Location: WY : Grand Teton National Park : Mt Owen : Koven Route (5.4 Easy Snow)
By: George Bell When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: Thanks for the info, Robert. I've changed my route description a bit. It seemed such an obvious way to go from Teewinot, but I have no experience with it and it sounds tricky.


Location: International : Asia : Nepal : Everest Region
By: George Bell When: May 20, 2009

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Comments: Wow, who is going to add Chomolungma?


Location: International : North America : Canada : Ontario : Orient Bay (Ice) : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 19, 2009

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Comments: Awesome pic! I assume it was taken on rappel, but I don't see a rappel rope in the photo?


Location: NV : Red Rock : Sandstone Quarry : Sandy Corridor : Chrysler Crack (5.9) : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 13, 2009

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Comments: I like it that the leader looks happy even though he is about to enter an offwidth. Makes it look like fun!

The rope at the bottom distracts, I agree. I never crop when posting, too much of a pain. But if made into a print, probably something to consider.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Satellite Boulders : Sputnik Two (V0)
By: George Bell When: May 6, 2009

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Comments: FA, probably Gerry Roach. Gerry told me that back in the '70s when approaching another climb, he would climb this as a "warm up". This makes sense because it bypasses a switchback on the trail.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Ship's Prow : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: May 5, 2009

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Comments: It's a butt-shot silhouette!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : Dark Shadows (5.8)
By: George Bell When: May 1, 2009

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Comments: Rapping with a single 60m is possible, but requires caution. As Joe Lee says, you must get atop P4 and you must use the LOWER rap anchor at the top of P4. If you go from the upper anchor you are SOL.

If you rap the first two pitches with two ropes, it is almost impossible to avoid a soaked rope. Even with one rope, it'll probably get a bit wet. Good reason to go all the way to the top!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon
By: George Bell When: Apr 30, 2009

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Comments: The roadwork is finished, all is back to normal ... back to the usual program of seeing how far your rental car can get.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : First Creek Slabs : Lady Luck (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Apr 24, 2009

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Comments: Very nice route that reminded me of climbing the Third Flatiron in Colorado. Not a lot of gear is required, long slings are nice due to all the wandering. Yep, p6 is exactly 200'. We did this for a "rest day" but didn't feel all that rested after the descent and walk out!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : South Face
By: George Bell When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: Windy Peak summit is 6246'. Vertical gain from the parking area to the summit is about 2000'.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : First Creek Slabs
By: George Bell When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: Thanks for the anchors and description, Karsten. The downclimbing is exposed but pretty easy - however I think we did a few extra raps that Karsten downclimbs. We did 7 raps total with a single 60m rope. After the 2 that Karsten mentions, we downclimbed quite a ways and then rapped off a piece of perlon pinched under a large block, then moved east for a short rap off three small trees. This brings you down to the "large" tree which begins the Rising Moons descent (2 long plus one very short ... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : East Face : Jackass Flats (5.5)
By: George Bell When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: Seriously bizarre approach needs more description than the route. You climb up all the way to the base of Diet Delight, then scramble left along the cliff base up steep ledges to some bushes. Then crawl left through a hole in the bushes above a drop-off (scary with a pack on) and drop down around the corner to the base of the route (3rd-4th class). You do not want to leave anything at the base of this route (for you would have to traverse this approach three times).

Alternatively, it seems y... more >>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak
By: George Bell When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: We drove in both ways and found the way that does not start on the Black Velvet road to be slightly easier as well as shorter. Either way is a little tough on a normal clearance car, but many had made it. We were lucky to rent a 2WD Jeep Patriot, which made it easy.

Larry's description of the approach is excellent!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : South Face : Jubilant Song (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Apr 22, 2009

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Comments: Fantastic climb with a remote feel. This wall starts high up, so the approach has significant vertical gain. The roof on P5 is burly and was led by my partner with difficulty. Seconding, I climbed up the fridge-sized "loose block" on the right and so bypassed the burly roof. I thought the hanging belay was pretty cool and great for photo ops. But I'd skip it next time.

The P7 "water streak" is out of character with the rest of the route in that serious injury is possible for a shaky leader... more >>


Location: WY : Ten Sleep Canyon
By: George Bell When: Apr 16, 2009

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Comments: Negative. Tensleep good for ten sleeps only! Duh! ;-)


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