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Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 28, 2008

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Comments: Looks like the area around June Lake loop, maybe Grant Lake? If so, this is near where Steve Fosset went down! The ski area visible would be June Mountain Ski Area.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatironette
By: George Bell When: Oct 26, 2008

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Comments: I would be nervous rapping off any dead tree. They have no "incentive" to remain attached to the rock, and can become dry and brittle and fail suddenly. This particular tree is probably fine, but I myself would choose the easy walk off since there is one available.


Location: NM : New Mexico Navajolands : Ship Rock : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 22, 2008

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Comments: Actually, the rock atop Shiprock is remarkably solid. That block is the size of a Mack truck. But it does look rather precarious ...


Location: NV : Red Rock : Oak Creek Canyon : Black Orpheus Amphitheater : Black Orpheus (5.9+) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 17, 2008

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Comments: The link above seems to be dead. Here is a Wikipedia entry with a photo of a typeball.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Crabby Appleton Area : Crabby Appleton (5.9 PG13)
By: George Bell When: Oct 17, 2008

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Comments: Oops. I stand corrected, Larry!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Crabby Appleton Area : Crabby Appleton (5.9 PG13)
By: George Bell When: Oct 16, 2008

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Comments: But to the contrary, the p1 traverse is kind of cool. We do not all have to follow Messner and his proverbial drop of water falling from the summit!

By the way, I did not see a direct start listed in any of my Red Rocks guidebooks (Swain or Brock). There are several variations listed to many of the pitches, but not the first.


Location: CO : South Platte : Big Rock Candy Mountain : Fields of Dreams Growing Wi... (5.11+ R) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 16, 2008

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Comments: According to the Climbing Mag web site, this photo was taken by George Bracksieck.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Photo
By: George Bell When: Oct 15, 2008

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Comments: No railings on top of Half Dome, and usually not too many people. I've been where the person is in this photograph, but I've never seen anyone walk out on the diving board.


Location: CO : Gunnison : Black Canyon of the Gunniso... : North Rim Routes : Lauren's Arete (5.9 R)
By: George Bell When: Oct 15, 2008

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Comments: Be extremely careful after unroping on this route. Ed named it for Lauren after the first ascent when she fell to her death on the descent.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Crabby Appleton Area : Crabby Appleton (5.9 PG13)
By: George Bell When: Oct 10, 2008

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Comments: I don't remember it being too runout where it was hard, except maybe for the final pitch (which I did not lead). Fun route with an easy walk off.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Crabby Appleton Area
By: George Bell When: Oct 10, 2008

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Comments: If memory serves, the gully appears blocked by an enormous boulder, but it turns out you can climb under the thing and tunnel up to the top. This is a good landmark to know you are in the correct place.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Icebox Canyon : Necromancer Wall : Sensuous Mortician (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Oct 9, 2008

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Comments: "Favorite 5.7 pitch"?? How can that be, isn't it 5.9?


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Deviation, Lower : East Face, Lower Deviation (5.8 R)
By: George Bell When: Oct 1, 2008

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Comments: We attempted a route on the far left side of this face. About 75 feet up is a belay stance with an ancient piton. There is very little to back the piton up.

Above the next 40 feet look tricky, but are probably only about 5.8. It's not clear if there will be any protection. Rather than risk a lead fall onto the piton, we retreated.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Devil's Advocate : Northeast Ridge (5.6 PG13)
By: George Bell When: Oct 1, 2008

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Comments: The description says "Start at the N.W. Corner of the rock". Shouldn't this be "Start at the N.E. Corner of the rock"? This would jive with my memory and the photo (also the route name!).


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Third Flatiron : Friday's Folly (5.7)
By: George Bell When: Sep 29, 2008

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Comments: jhump, sounds like you started on Friday's and finished with Saturday's, this variation should be called "Sunday's Folly"? I don't understand why you traversed left. Friday's follows a continuous crack around the corner where it becomes 2-8" wide and zig-zags up and right, the crack goes all the way to the anchors as I recall. The pitch ends a few feet right of the two rappel bolts at the top of Saturday's.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Little Bear Peak : Northwest Face (Easy 5th Mod. Snow)
By: George Bell When: Sep 28, 2008

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Comments: I've scoped out this route and there are several places one could start. Is the black hand visible in this Photo?

One problem I've noticed is that snow or hail lingers on this face, and it's not clear how much harder this will make it.


Location: SD : Custer State Park : Cathedral Spires : Spire Three : International Chimney (5.6 R) : Photo
By: George Bell When: Sep 24, 2008

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Comments: Frosty & Keen: are these your real names, or just your WWF ring names? ;-)


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan : Salathe Wall (5.9 C2)
By: George Bell When: Sep 24, 2008

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Comments: This is one of the most awesome routes on the planet! The 95 degree headwall is an amazing stretch of stone. Drop anything here and it will free fall for like 15 seconds.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : El Capitan : Freerider (5.12d PG13)
By: George Bell When: Sep 24, 2008

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Comments: Check out Clint Cummins' web page for history, beta and topos for this route, and other long Yosemite free routes. He has recorded free ascents of this route up to #32 in June 2008.


Location: AK : Interior Alaska/Alaska Rang... : Denali National Park : Peak 11,300
By: George Bell When: Sep 23, 2008

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Comments: This peak should be under "Ruth Gorge".


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Rock Garden : Ligneous Embracer (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Sep 19, 2008

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Comments: Ligneous: "of or resembling wood". So the route name means "tree hugger".


Location: CO : Ticket Information for Kor'...
By: George Bell When: Sep 12, 2008

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Comments: It would appear these tickets are going to be in high demand. Anyone lucky enough to score 5 of them may be able to sell them for more. I really hope anyone who does this will donate the difference to Layton. I would hate to see this event turned into a scalping windfall when the money should go to help Layton Kor. Maybe the AAC should auction them off or something.


Location: CA : High Sierra : Clyde Minaret : Southeast Face (5.8)
By: George Bell When: Aug 18, 2008

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Comments: There is a direct start that is 5.10. A lot of parties start up the face too soon and end up doing this. To add to the confusion, the line in the photo in S&R does not show the initial traverse.

There was a lot of snow in the descent couloir when we climbed this. We got by without ice axes by doing a few more rappels.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Medlicott Dome : Medlicott Dome East End : The Yawn (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Aug 5, 2008

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Comments: Good training for climbing the Salathe Wall on El Cap.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Lamb Dome : On the Lamb (5.9)
By: George Bell When: Jul 29, 2008

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Comments: Is the traverse really as steep as some of the photos suggest (i.e., 80 degrees in this Photo). Are some of the photos tilted a bit?


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