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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Diamonds and Rust (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Mar 22, 2009

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Comments: Fun route, most of it is easier than 5.9. Use caution when lowering, as it is a bit of a diagonal line, and you can swing all the way over the Heterohedral.

There is a new route right of this line which goes over the Heterohedral roof.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall
By: George Bell When: Mar 13, 2009

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Comments: This wall faces NNW and is generally shady in the morning. It does get some sun in the afternoon when the sun is high enough (in the summer). For example, 1-4 PM in late April, and likely even more in July.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : The Cookie Cliff : Outer Limits (5.10c) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Mar 11, 2009

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Comments: The easy way to Photoshop it would be to remove the original sky and replace with the sunset from another photo. I agree, the lighting does seem unnatural. It's a low-light photo, though, hard to say if it is a merged shot or not.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Eagle Wall
By: George Bell When: Mar 11, 2009

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Comments: Thanks for the fast approach beta, Anthony! Is this also the fastest way down (i.e. can it be downclimbed quickly)? If so, it would speed up the Black Orpheus descent, etc.

Also, can one get further up canyon from the base of the Eagle Wall? If so, this would also speed up the approach for Coltrane and Catwalk.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Bouldering problems : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo... : Little Devil (V11 X)
By: George Bell When: Mar 5, 2009

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Comments: You have to start lying down. Sitting starts reduce the grade considerably.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatiron : East Face Gully (5.3)
By: George Bell When: Mar 1, 2009

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Comments: I think it's harder than 5.2 if you traverse left before reaching the ridge and follow the North Ridge to the top. Maybe 5.4!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 24, 2009

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Comments: Why the heck is he climbing in his socks, carrying his shoes, and dragging the entire rope??! I think it's funny that the fancy magnification of his feet was taken from a different photo. This dude is obviously a rank beginner. ;-)


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge : Black Lake - West Gully (WI4) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 23, 2009

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Comments: T'was always snowing back then, too, and nobody wore goggles.

Stubai solid ice screws? Wasn't this called an ice piton? Good thing this is all in the Smithsonian, or the AAC climbing museum in Golden!


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : ... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 18, 2009

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Comments: Cool pic! Isn't that the Saber to the right of the Sharkstooth, rather than the Petit? I don't think the Petit is visible in this photo ....


Location: CO : Rifle : Rifle Mountain Park
By: George Bell When: Feb 13, 2009

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Comments: I've only climbed in Rifle in January. Then again, I mean ice climbing. There is some pretty good ice climbing during mid-winter. What is its elevation? This can help in estimating how warm it is going to be in March. I'd guess 6-7000 ft?


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : The Schoolyard
By: George Bell When: Feb 11, 2009

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Comments: An hour is a long way to walk to school. Probably uphill both ways, too.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Distant Dancer Pinnacle : Photo
By: George Bell When: Feb 6, 2009

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Comments: Looks like there is something seriously wrong with his back, but it is just the shadow of the rope! Great pic.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Flatirons : East Face Gully aka Silk Ro... (WI3 M5 R)
By: George Bell When: Jan 30, 2009

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Comments: In the summer this is the route East Face Gully.


Location: CO : The American Alpine Club's ...
By: George Bell When: Jan 30, 2009

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Comments: Also read the excellent Article in December's Outside about Greg's recent trips to Afghanistan.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Astro Turkey (5.11b)
By: George Bell When: Jan 28, 2009

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Comments: Good point! These don't come up if you do a search for "astro", 'cause they're one word I guess.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Astro Turkey (5.11b)
By: George Bell When: Jan 27, 2009

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Comments: All presumably inspired by Yosemite's Astroman: Astro Dog (Black Canyon), Astro Monkey (Smith Rocks), Astro Lad (Moab), Astro Bunny (Colorado Nat Mon), Astro Elephant (Elephant's Perch, ID) and Astro Turkey!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jan 27, 2009

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Comments: Wow, ice climbing shirtless.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire Three : International Chimney (5.6 R) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Jan 25, 2009

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Comments: Yup, my father started climbing in the Tetons and he probably has some FAs there, definitely in the Wind Rivers. He also climbed in Peru and the Himalayas. Sadly, he is no longer with us


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Arrowhead Arete : Arrowhead ArÍte (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Jan 15, 2009

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Comments: Can also be started by climbing Arrowhead Spire first and rapping off. At least, that is the way I did it.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : Castleton Tower : Kor-Ingalls Route (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Dec 26, 2008

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Comments: The easiest way to climb the crux is using stemming, exactly because there are no huge jugs. Some small calcite face holds make it possible to move your feet up the stems. Also, there is no hard offwidth on pitch 1 if you go the easy way. I've done this route twice and would gladly repeat it many more times. I don't see what so many people are unhappy about.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Shirt Tail Peak
By: George Bell When: Nov 20, 2008

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Comments: Shirt Tail peak was one of the earliest recorded features climbed in Eldorado Canyon. From the 5th Edition of High Over Boulder (Ament, McCarthy):

'In 1925, Charles Morris, poet/philosopher from Chicago, along with an unknown friend, is said to have climbed Shirt Tail Peak - high above Eldorado Canyon to the northwest. Morris reported that the ascent went "straight up the face" and that devices he called "pitons" were placed during the ascent. The name of the rock was derived when they posted ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Devil's Thumb : Left Side (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Nov 17, 2008

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Comments: Beware the "Devil's Thumbnail" about 30' below the crux. We belayed from here and I sat my pack in a 6" slot, I assumed it only went down a few feet. My pack suddenly slid 15 feet down the slot, totally out of reach. Took 15 minutes of fishing with our cleaning tool to retrieve it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Devil's Thumb
By: George Bell When: Nov 17, 2008

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Comments: Thanks to Bruce and Mike for replacing the rappel bolts! From these bolts, one could do a mind-blowing free rappel to the west. I don't know how long a rope would be needed (rumor has it a 70m single-strand makes it). Also, you could probably not pull your ropes since the rappel is rigged to go east. But it would be a wild rap.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Castle Valley : The Rectory : Fine Jade (5.11a) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Nov 17, 2008

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Comments: It's a motorized paraglider, very noisy. A standard paraglider looks the same, but is virtually silent...


Location: NH : Whitehorse Ledge : 7. The Slabs : Standard Route (5.5 R)
By: George Bell When: Nov 12, 2008

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Comments: Fun route! The most memorable part was getting munched by black flies, though. Those buggers are nasty!


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