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Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Solarium : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: 1 day ago

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Comments: This looks like the short 5.6 crack that I also led on Dec 6, 1976.


Location: CO : Durango : East Animas : Solarium : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: 1 day ago

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Comments: On Dec. 6, 1976, I led Stewart Kahn up this corner crack. I remember it feeling like 5.7 or .8. I led it again, fall 2013. It seemed a lot harder.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Stumbling Block : Unknown 2 (5.7) : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Part of the Clear Creek Fault Caves is visible in the chimney on the right. After climbing the dihedral in the center of the photo, I led Steve Johnson up the upper extension of this chimney (Dec. 3, 1977).


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Stumbling Block : Unknown 2 (5.7)
By: George Bracksieck When: 1 day ago

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Comments: On Dec. 3, 1977, I led Steve Johnson up this, continuing up the bombay chimney that curves rightish, above. I recall exiting the chimney onto the ramp on its right, eventually. Steve was geologist living in Golden and wanted to check out the so-called Clear Creek Fault Caves. We could name this Fault Cave Crack.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Overhang Rock : West Side (Story) (5.6)
By: George Bracksieck When: 1 day ago

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Comments: This route is listed in the 1970 edition of High over Boulder, by Ament and McCarty. It might have been listed in earlier editions, which I don't have. No FA info is given therein. I led Steve Johnson up this already-climbed route, in the '70s.


Location: CA : San Diego County : Old Castle
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 16, 2015

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Comments: The directions posted above are bogus. No trail exists uphill from the call-box pullout just a few sets of footprints heading up the steep, loose mountainside. Some of those footprints were left by me, my partner and our dog on the unpleasant slog up to the crag. We never found the so-called pad until we were at the base of the crag and could see the pad, which was far below, to the southeast.

To access the pad and the trail to the crag, drive three tenths of a mile east from the call box... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : The Watchtower : West Face AKA Cold Feelings (5.7 R)
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 9, 2015

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Comments: In '77, Claire and I did three pitches, topped out, and walked off of the top. This was long before the house was built. The pic shows me leading only low on the route, because, I assume, the tourist/photographer didn't want to watch for hours. I had wanted to lead the clean, right-leaning dihedral near the top, but it seemed too hard to reach (based on what we could see once we were high on the route), so we topped out to its left, where the CF route line goes.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Table Top Area : Kevin Spies the Line (5.6)
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 9, 2015

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Comments: The protection bolts are rusty and should be replaced. The crux is getting to the first bolt and is somewhat protectable by less-than-bombproof cams. The anchor bolts look good.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : Cadaver Crack (5.11-)
By: George Bracksieck When: Jan 3, 2015

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Comments: In May 1968, I was in a Colorado Mtn Club Intermediate Mountaineering class. Mike Beringer led this on aid, using pitons. George Ripley and I followed. We encountered an owl standing/sitting on the spacious ledge atop the crack, then we did another pitch to the summit. I remember my first experience of the fragrance of granite. In '82, I followed Mike Bearzi up it (no aid, no owl).


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Pear : Jam on It (5.9)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 23, 2014

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Comments: I'm sure people had been toproping these cracks long before the recorded ascent, which I infer was a lead. I think that leads, not topropes, must be done to claim first ascents. Even I have toproped this more than once.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Pear : Devil's Lake Revisited (5.7)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 23, 2014

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Comments: Hi Leo we were just climbing and didn't name it. The current name is OK, although I think it resembles the Gunks more than Devil's Lake. Let's get out sometime!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Sports Wall : Coffin Crack (5.9)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 5, 2014

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Comments: From the ground to the anchors, this route is about 83 feet tall. My first lead of this route was in 1972, after leading the two easier climbs to the right. I'm sure all three had been done before.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Sports Wall : Pet Semetary (5.11b)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 5, 2014

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Comments: Total 6 bolts, including the recently replaced first bolt. The next few bolts are rusted junk. The bolt at the crux looks OK. We toproped.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Sports Wall : Slabtastic (5.8 PG13)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 5, 2014

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Comments: From base to rim, this route is about 120 feet long. It felt like 5.9 to me. The tree is another 10 feet back from the rim.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Sports Wall : Number 5 Crack (5.8)
By: George Bracksieck When: Dec 5, 2014

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Comments: From base to rim, this route is about 120 feet long. The tree is another 10 feet back from the rim. Good pro isn't easy to find on the route.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Elephant Buttresses : Fourth Buttress : Unknown Mixed Route aka The... (5.10d)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 23, 2014

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Comments: I suspect that the lower part of "GG" had been led before the two bolts were installed. Furthermore, the 10b second pitch described in Drew's comment seems to be the upper part of Endgame (FFA: Jim Erickson, solo, 1973).

In the route description of "GG" (above), Tony refers to Endgame as an obvious finish. The upper half of the green line in the beta photo is definitely on Endgame. I've led it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Elephant Buttresses : Fourth Buttress : Canyon Doors aka Variation ... (5.10b)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 21, 2014

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Comments: This route (purple line on the posted photo) has appeared in guidebooks going back to 1976. It is called Mickey Mantel (FRA: Joe Frank and Steve Hall, 1975).


Location: CO : Buena Vista : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 12, 2014

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Comments: Couple summers ago, I reclimbed the dihedral and did the adjacent three bolted routes. The dihedral seemed more like 5.8c+.


Location: CO : Buena Vista
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: On Apr. 24, 1977, Tim Loften and I did a climb on the lower Castles, closer to the highway, in the center of the valley. We climbed the most appealing line and called it Shake Shingles (5.6?), which hints at the rock quality. The rock is composed of the Early Oligocene Wall Mountain Tuff. We also did three routes on the limestone cliff just above the west side of the highway, about a mile up Trout Creek from the Castles. See the photo posted on this page.


Location: CO : Buena Vista : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: Dug out old journal. Tim and I climbed this prominent dihedral (5.8) on Apr. 28, 1977. We also climbed a right-facing chimney with overhang (5.7) and soloed a 5.6 crack. Afterward, we did a route at the Castles.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Pear : Devil's Lake Revisited (5.7)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 1, 2014

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Comments: On Oct. 8, 1977, I led Tim Loften up this climb. We'd climbed Right Dihedral and summited the Pear, then rapped into the corridor. The other side of the corridor looked interesting, so, before leading it, I third-classed partway up, to check it out. (See the photo on p. 43, Rock & Ice #9, July/Aug, 1985.) I remember big holds on vertical face unusual for Lumpy.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : Familiar Face (5.10 R)
By: George Bracksieck When: Nov 1, 2014

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Comments: Steve led this pitch. He already had his eye on it. He named it for Konnie Self, who was climbing with me that day (Dec. 3) and whom he had known years earlier.


Location: CO : Buena Vista : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 26, 2014

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Comments: Hi Kathleen Tim and I had a lot of great adventures together: Castleton, Ship Rock, the Mace, Granite Mtn, Red Rocks, Yosemite, the Tetons, and around Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, including the Diamond.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : North Fork of the St. Vrain... : Longmont Reservoir Area (ak...
By: George Bracksieck When: Oct 25, 2014

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Comments: I'm going to echo most of the comments made under "Pinewood Rock." The correct name for "Pinewood Rock" is Button Rock, which is the name that has appeared on USGS and USFS maps for at least 60 years. In the '80s, climbers started calling the rocks (including the River Wall) by Longmont Reservoir "Button Rock." Longmont Res. lies a couple miles east of Ralph Price Res., which was originally named Button Rock Res., because it lies three miles south of and is in sight of Button Rock Mtn and the ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side : Solid Gold (5.12a)
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 27, 2014

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Comments: I climbed the first two and a half pitches in 1973, placing primitive, hammerless pro and was belayed by Charly Marchand. I was fiddling with my first gear placement when Layton Kor showed up with a partner and started up the black slab just to our left. Layton whacked in a pin in seconds and disappeared above. His partner moved up and whacked it out in seconds and disappeared as I was still fiddling. We finished our climb up the huge, right-facing dihedral left of the bolted fourth pitch of P... more >>


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