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Location: VT : Bolton Area : Lower West Bolton : Steel Feathers (5.10 R)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 16, 2015

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Comments: The last bolt was replaced with a low visual impact glue-in bolt donated by the ASCA.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Quebec City, Charlevoix, Po... : ... : Catwoman (5.10a)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: I found a #4 and #6 camalot to protect things well. The large jug at the bolt is loose and flexing, caveat emptor.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Quebec City, Charlevoix, Po... : ... : Aéro-Tango (5.9+)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: One of the best routes at the cliff. Pitch one is a mix of Indian Creek, old school wide-ness, and Gunks. Pitch 2 is straight out of the Gunks. A really special line. Double #2 and #3 can be helpful for Pitch 1, a #4 might make your life easier but isn't necessary.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Quebec City, Charlevoix, Po... : ... : Fellation (5.10d)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: Light rack to #2 Camalot. Great route; tougher than I was expecting after the roof. The rock at the beginning is a little questionable in places but improves greatly once you gain the headwall. Save the #2 for the final corner, gear after that is not so great.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Quebec City, Charlevoix, Po... : ... : Grosse Face (5.10c)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: The lower face is technical and really engaging. It's a lot of fun! Shorter climbers may find the third clip a intimidating; look for the positioning to get closer to the bolt.

This route changes character a few times and each new style is equally pleasurable. Bring a few longer draws.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Quebec City, Charlevoix, Po... : ... : Bikini (5.9+)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 5, 2015

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Comments: Not the best route for new leaders. This is not a simple clip-up sport route. There is a lot of distance between bolts 4 and 5 and the moves in between are not straight-forward. One additional bolt would have made this route a lot more accessible to all leaders.


Location: VT : Bolton Area : Upper West : Upper Tier - Left End : True Value (5.10a)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jun 9, 2015

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Comments: This anchor is no longer drop-in shuts or a lower-off. When the hardware was upgraded the anchor was equipped with stainless biners as a lower-off. These were quickly taken by some hopefully unknowing climber and were replaced with stainless links and rings donated by the ASCA.


Location: VT : Bolton Area : Carcass Crag : Who's Your Daddy (5.12c)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jun 9, 2015

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Comments: Since this route's hardware was upgraded to glue-ins this is no longer currently a lower-off. The anchor is now stainless links and rings, donated by the ASCA. Many thanks to Greg Barnes and the ASCA for their donation.


Location: VT : Bolton Area : Carcass Crag : Appalling Travesty (5.9+)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: May 7, 2015

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Comments: This route received a hardware replacement on May 7th 2015. In the process it was discovered that the second bolt was in hollow rock and it was moved up about a foot and a half into better rock. Bolt 1 was also moved a foot up to keep spacing similar. I don't believe this should change the difficulty of clipping either bolt but let me know if you think it does and we can try to improve things. It's also worth noting that the section of rock that forms the overlap between the first and second bol... more >>


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall East : Fill in the Blanks (5.10 PG13)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Oct 30, 2014

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Comments: This is a great line that I think doesn't see as much traffic as its neighbors.

The line feels a little squeezed in with its neighbor Razor Worm at the beginning and at the crack in the bulge. The variation out left to the arete at 2/3 height makes the line more independent and is pretty straight-forward, though slightly run-out considering the terrain. I ended up doing this because I missed a key edge to get me to the crack in the bulge.

Agreed that if your head is good this is a great line. ... more >>


Location: VT : Bolton Area : Upper West : Upper Tier - Right End : Mal Bouche (5.12-)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Sep 14, 2014

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Comments: The "Happy Puppet" variation allows you to by pass the stiff crux at a moderate grade, though this is still guarded by the first pitch which is somewhat more approachable.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Laurentians : ... : L'incognito (5.11a)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: This route unenjoyably and unnecessarily goes to the top of the cliff. You can't see from below but there is a fixed anchor at the top of the cliff set back a few meters. The climbing on the arete is very enjoyable but is very short-lived. The rest of the route is effectively a long hike for a short slide and is of a much less enjoyable nature compared to the majority of other routes at the cliff.

This route is tagged on the first bolt that warns the route is 5.11a R with ledge-fall potential.
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Location: NY : Adirondacks : Keene Region : Pitchoff Chimney Cliff : Bogosity (Link-up) (5.8)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 7, 2014

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Comments: There is some spice on P2 between the second and third bolt (of which one is not in the topo of the 1st edition of the Adirondack Rock book, so not sure if that was an erratum or if the bolt was added since then). Regardless, if you cased the moves to the third bolt, you're likely to hit the leaning sloping ledge. It's not 5.8, but it's also not cruiser easy either, hence my recommendation as a route for confident 5.8 leaders.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Keene Region : Pitchoff Chimney Cliff : Wald-Calder Route (5.9 PG13)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 6, 2014

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Comments: I found that I never used above a .75 on this route. Doubles in C3s and finger sized stuff would have been more useful in my opinion (especially for building the P1 belay).

The route is worthwhile if you're comfortable with the start (there isn't gear until well established above the roof). The traverse on P1 (which is the book crux) is in my opinion well protected (potentially for both leader and follower). P2 is worthwhile and much cleaner than P1. If more traffic hit this climb and P1 cleane... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : Chapel Pond Slab : Greensleeves (5.6 PG13)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jun 24, 2014

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Comments: It's really easy to miss the pitch 1 belay as it's fairly nondescript looking. The fact that this is a good description of the belay should be testament to that fact.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Northern Region : Azure Mountain : Tangled up in Azure (5.8 PG13)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Sep 3, 2013

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Comments: Is this the open book/flake to the left of the Pearl Headwall? The route description sounds very similar. You skirt the top of the apron to the left end near the vegetated terrance and the open book rises above with a small overlap at the bottom? If so this is Tangled up in Azure which was put up by Jay Kullman and Sarah Councell sometimes in mid to early 2000s.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Quebec : Lanaudiere : ... : Doigt dans l'nez (5.12-)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Sep 2, 2013

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Comments: I've seen this described as being 11a. I thought it was significantly harder than 11a. I ended up having to aid the crack and I still couldn't get it on top-rope. You can bail right into the right-facing corner 5' to the right (significantly easier) if you need to bail and aren't able to french free it. If this was cleaned up it might be easier, but in it's current state I don't think it is reasonable to call it 11a. I'd love for someone to tell me I'm just not good at this size crack and that i... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : Upper Washbowl Cliff : Overture (5.10a)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: May 19, 2013

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Comments: Pitches 1 & 2 of Flashdance make for a really good approach to the Overture ramp. This provides a more technical/harder approach for those looking for a fuller climbing experience. I highly recommend it as the way to approach pitch 3 of Overture. Additionally at the end of the ramp I find it's best to build the belay below the dinner table ledge as it sets you up better to belay the leader for the last pitch.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Muir Valley : The Arsenal : Picador (5.11b)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Mar 25, 2013

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Comments: Ditto


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Northern Region : Silver Lake : C Chimney Cliff : Tears of Gaia (5.10b)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Oct 30, 2012

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Comments: The first pitch is still cleaning up with respect to friable holds. Wear a helmet! The two times I've climbed it I have broken a hold and almost come off as a result. Where the rock is most suspect it's well bolted and the falls are good so just get on it and hope for the best. Do avoid the pillar of choss at about 2/3 height though. This is a great climb with two equally good but different pitches.


Location: WA : Northwest Region : North Cascades : Washington Pass : North Early Winter Spire : Northwest Corner (a.k.a. Bo... (5.9)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Aug 16, 2012

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Comments: P1 move past some suspect flakes and a crack to the base of the chimney (plentiful solid gear at the mouth of the chimney and 5.7ish moves with minimal involvement in the chimney).

P2 move up and through the trees through easy terrain to a big belay ledge with two opposing corners, easily traverse left briefly around the small buttress of rock that forms the right-facing corner. This brings you to a left-facing corner/flake system that forms the lower NW corner. There is an obvious flake/horn a... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Chapel Pond Pass : The Spider's Web
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: The approach is considered easy because in the talus it's open and easy going compared to some of the more "adventurous" approaches in the Adirondacks. At least it's not oppressive spruce.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Indian Lake Region : Snowy Mt : Buckwheat (5.9- A0)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: A single 70m rope easily makes it to the belay ledge


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Indian Lake Region : Snowy Mt : Redneck on a Rope (5.10+)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: Since this was mentioned on the parent page I will cover it. A 4" piece allows you to perfectly protect what is probably the hardest section of the OW pillar (5.8). A 4.5-5" piece would give you more placement options and probably the ability to bump the piece. If you are comfortable at the grade of this route, you should be fine with the 4" piece but I offer the info all the same.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Poke-O-Moonshine : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face : Bloody Mary (5.9+)
By: Greg Kuchyt When: Jun 12, 2012

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Comments: To refine the gear recommendations...linking P1 and P2 I found stoppers plus a single rack from micro cams to a #3 with doubles in .5-2 allowed me to sew the climb up (lots of slings/draws obviously). A single three worked fine, much to my amusement as I brought two 3s and a 3.5 and had some extra weight at the P2 belay. If you belay at the P1 ledge, an extra 3 and a 3.5 or so would be helpful.


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