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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! ;-)


Location: NV : Red Rock : Windy Peak : East Face
By: George Bell When: Apr 15, 2009

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Comments: How long is the approach to this crag? The Handren guide I think says 30 minutes. Is that accurate?

Do you start from the same place as for climbs on Windy Peak (S Face)?


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Indian Peaks Wilderness Are... : Apache Peak : Northwest Face (5.7 WI3 M4+ Mod. Snow) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Apr 10, 2009

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Comments: Or he could be downclimbing ... I think the leader took this.


Location: NV : Red Rock
By: George Bell When: Apr 9, 2009

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Comments: I recently picked up a copy of the new Jerry Handren guide and it is excellent! My biggest complaint is the text size - it is incredibly small. I would estimate 8pt font. I think Red Rocks is getting too large for a single guidebook. The climbing naturally splits between trad and sport, and it makes sense now to have a separate guide for each. I'm sure all the sport climbers have little interest in the extra pages devoted to all the new 5.8 trad routes, and similarly us trad climbers have l... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Night Moves (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Mar 24, 2009

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Comments: The mantle move is kind of tricky. The yellow Alien is nice here for peace of mind.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Trick or Treat (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Mar 22, 2009

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Comments: The crux feels more like a gym route. Other than that section, it's easier than 5.8. The crack section is very easy.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Group Therapy (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Mar 22, 2009

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Comments: Crux was near the top, I thought.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : Dan's Line (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Mar 22, 2009

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Comments: Nice rock and reasonably sustained. We climbed the two neighboring routes and thought this one was the best.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bihedral Area : The Bihedral (Upper Tier) : It's Time For Change (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Mar 22, 2009

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Comments: Fun route with some wild moves! Let's hope the crux block doesn't feel it's time for change. There are several loose appearing blocks near the crux but upon closer inspection they seem solidly wedged.


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.


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