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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 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 was my favorite partner. He was strong, safe, solid, and reliable. We had a lot of great adventures together.


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 >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Observatory Rock : Mineral Secretion (5.10c)
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 19, 2014

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Comments: Ross Are you confusing MS with Panic in the Gray Womb? You led me, Bernie, and (maybe) Mike up the left variation of PitGW, which started in the bottom left of an alcove, climbed up into the ceiling of the alcove (where you removed your helmet, before squirming right to exit the womb), and then diagonaled right to the anchors atop Punch Line.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : West Crack (aka Star Wars) (5.8)
By: George Bracksieck When: Sep 18, 2014

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Comments: West Crack was listed in Ament and Erickson's guidebook "5.10," which was published in 1972. I believe that it was first climbed in the '60s. I climbed it (what later became known as Star Wars) in 1976, with Doug Hill.


Location: CO : South Platte : Tick Dome : If Sheep Had Heels and Toes (5.9) : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Jul 13, 2014

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Comments: Thanks, Mark!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Goofy Spire : Goofy (5.8 PG13) : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Jun 29, 2014

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Comments: My 1972 variation climbed a little farther up the north-face chimney of Goofy Spire, before diagonaling left, above where the dotted line goes left. Near the top of the chimney, I diagonaled left, crossing an overhang and continued up the obvious, left-slanting crack that ends at the actual summit.


Location: CO : South Platte : Tick Dome : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: Jun 28, 2014

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Comments: I led this north-side crack on 10/10/81. (I'm NOT talking about the right-slanting gully-ish feature to the right, in this picture.) Steve Sarns seconded. I thought it was about 5.9. I found some slides taken of me leading, which I'll post when I get around to it.


Location: CO : South Platte : Big Rock Candy Mountain : Photo
By: George Bracksieck When: May 18, 2014

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Comments: That's the Turret in the background. Looks as if this photo was taken after the 2002 Hayman Fire.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Canyon Block : Scorcher (5.9+)
By: George Bracksieck When: Apr 6, 2014

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Comments: A two-coldshut anchor is immediately to the left, at the top of the crack, just below the rim.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : The Guardian (5.12d)
By: George Bracksieck When: Mar 19, 2014

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Comments: You don't have strong hands to have fun on this route. In the early '90s, I led this by using aid on the fixed hardware and a few hammerless pieces that I placed and grabbing holds in between each piece. I might have used a hook but no cheater stick. I rated it 5.10 A1.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : Central : Skunk Canyon : ... : Armed Forces (5.11-)
By: George Bracksieck When: Mar 18, 2014

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Comments: There are four 3/8" bolts with SMC hangers.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak : East Face : Don's Crack (5.8+)
By: George Bracksieck When: Mar 14, 2014

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Comments: Must be a typo, because I recall going into the Summit Hut, which was tiny in those days, and getting beta. I think Dave Baker was behind the counter and helped us.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Baboquivari Peak : East Face : Don's Crack (5.8+)
By: George Bracksieck When: Mar 13, 2014

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Comments: On this page, the FFA is stated to be in '77. Huh?

Just for the record, Doug Hill and I climbed Don's Crack all free on March 25, 1976. We bivied on Lion's Ledge the night before and the night after the climb. During each night, we were visited by a ringtail and had to hold our food in our sleeping bags, to avoid losing it. On the approach from Rigg's Ranch, I fell off of a switchback when a rattler buzzed me.

Anyway, I led the first pitch, which felt awkward in stiff shoes, and felt runo... more >>


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