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Member Since: Oct 19, 2001
Last Visit: Jul 16, 2003
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Contributed Routes

Name Rating Type Location Date

Main South Facing Flow

WI3-4 (5)

Trad, Ice, 1 pitch

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South-facing Smears

Mar 8, 2003

South Facing Wall (West of the Main Flow)

WI2-3 (1)

Trad, Ice, 1 pitch

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South-facing Smears

Mar 8, 2003

The Arete

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c (9)

Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'

CO : Boulder : ... : The Terrace

Oct 5, 2002

Dream Scene

5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c (6)

Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'

CO : Boulder : ... : The Terrace

Oct 5, 2002

Iron Horse

5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c (87)

Trad, 1 pitch

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part C - Pony ...

Oct 19, 2001

Contributed Areas

Name Location Date

The Terrace

CO : Boulder : Upper Dream Canyon

Oct 12, 2002

Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Looking up at our second pitch.  The rock step at the top was pretty big, but not too difficult.  There was a pretty big "hole" underneath it, where the ice had melted away.  Photo taken on the first day of summer, 2003.

Looking up at our second pitch. The rock step at the top was pretty big, but not too difficult. There was a pretty big "hole" underneath it, where the ice had melted away. Photo taken on

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Dreamweaver (M2-3)

Jul 16, 2003

Cliff with 3 cracks

Cliff with 3 cracks

CO : Boulder Canyon : Short Cliff w/ Three Cracks

Jul 16, 2003

The start.

The start.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : The Flakes (5.9)

Jul 16, 2003

The first pitch.  It goes up the crack system, then left of the big flake, which is the the thin crux.

The first pitch. It goes up the crack system, then left of the big flake, which is the the thin crux.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Heavy Weather (5.9)

Jul 16, 2003

Rick, starting the first pitch of Chianti.

Rick, starting the first pitch of Chianti.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Chianti (5.8+)

Jul 16, 2003

Rick, past the crux of pitch 1.

Rick, past the crux of pitch 1.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Chianti (5.8+)

Jul 16, 2003

The start of pitch 2.  Before the sweet dihedral.

The start of pitch 2. Before the sweet dihedral.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Gambit (5.8)

Jun 2, 2003

After leading the 2nd pitch.  Photo by Jake Wyatt

After leading the 2nd pitch. Photo by Jake Wyatt

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Heavy Weather (5.9)

Apr 16, 2003

After leading the 4th pitch.  Photo by Jake Wyatt

After leading the 4th pitch. Photo by Jake Wyatt

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Heavy Weather (5.9)

Apr 16, 2003

The dihedral on the first pitch in the shade, with the traverse and v-slot visibile above.

The dihedral on the first pitch in the shade, with the traverse and v-slot visibile above.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Knight's Move (5.7)

Mar 18, 2003

Unknown climber starting up the the dihedral.

Unknown climber starting up the the dihedral.

CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : Knight's Move (5.7)

Mar 18, 2003

James, taking the easy way up.  Jake Wyatt behind the camera.

James, taking the easy way up. Jake Wyatt behind the camera.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Main South Facing Flow (WI3-4)

Mar 18, 2003

Nearing the top.  Jake Wyatt taking the picture.

Nearing the top. Jake Wyatt taking the picture.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Main South Facing Flow (WI3-4)

Mar 18, 2003

About halfway up.  Jake Wyatt behind the camera.

About halfway up. Jake Wyatt behind the camera.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South Facing Wall (West of... (WI2-3)

Mar 18, 2003

About halfway up.

About halfway up.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : South Facing Wall (West of... (WI2-3)

Mar 18, 2003

The main south-facing flow.  Taken on 3/8/03.

The main south-facing flow. Taken on 3/8/03.

CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Main South Facing Flow (WI3-4)

Mar 17, 2003

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Catacomb : The Mausoleum (5.9-)
By: James Balasalle When: Jul 16, 2003

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Comments: A good route to climb after climbing "Gravestone" to its right. Didn't think it was quite 5.9- though. More like 5.8/5.8+. The holds are big, really big. There's huge feet the whole way. I thought it was a lot more straightforward than Gravestone, but maybe a little bit more pumpy/strenuous.

If you're a solid 5.8 leader or breaking into 5.9, this route should present you with no problems. The holds at the bottom are big. And the stance to clip the first bolt is great.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : The Catacomb : Gravestone (5.7)
By: James Balasalle When: Jul 16, 2003

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Comments: I'll third the notion. Harder than 5.7. I thought it was almost as hard as the route to it's left, "The Mausoleum," which is rated 5.9-. A fun route nonetheless. There is some variation in the moves too. Decent ledges down low, and pebble pinching up top. I found this a good route to practice movement and fluidity... Which is good, cause I need the practice.

Not 5.7...


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : The Monastery : Outer Gates : The Steeple (5.8)
By: James Balasalle When: Jul 16, 2003

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Comments: This is a good route. It's LONG though. Rapping off used almost all of our 60M rope. I felt it to be the same climbing almost the whole way up. I kept thinking to myself "Am I there yet?" and "Didn't I just do this move?"

I wouldn't make the hike just for this climb...


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