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Location: NM : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : The Standby Shack (a.k.a. T... : Photo
By: Jason Halladay When: May 14, 2014

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Comments: Your photoshop skillz are amazing, Aaron


Location: NM : Los Alamos & White Rock : The Dungeon : 45° Boulder : Crimp Chimp (5.12a)
By: Jason Halladay When: May 9, 2014

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Comments:
david Graham wrote:
...IDK why it's called crimp chimp but it's a cool name.

Probably because the first half of the route is all crimps.


Location: NM : Jemez Valley Area : Las Conchas : Hidden Tower : Turkey Bacon (5.11c)
By: Jason Halladay When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: A really fun route with some amazing holds on it. Before you rope up, take a good look at the holds down low--there are some blind reaches/throws. The first clip is balancy/tricky so you want to stick clip it (or maybe even the second bolt.) Cool and airy finish.


Location: NM : El Rito : El Rito Sport Area
By: Jason Halladay When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: With El Rito Sport in season again, I'd like to make some suggestions to help keep the crag cleaner and in better shape:

  • If you have to poop, please walk a long way from any climbing wall and either dig a hole or uproot buried cobbles for an easy hole. Pack out used TP (or, if you're one of the two people who've obviously wiped with your underpants and left them on top of the pile, pack out your soiled underpants.)
  • Stay on the trails! The rocks and soil at the crag are very loose and extr...
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Location: NM : Santa Fe Area : Diablo Canyon : The Grotto (a.k.a. The Notc... : Grotto End (R. Side)
By: Jason Halladay When: May 3, 2014

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Comments: Not unethical at all when you put the effort into establishing the line. I hope your elbow continues to feel better so you can get back on the route.


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Galatinani : Nymfi (5.12b)
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 22, 2014

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Comments: What RyanO says!! Of eight days climbing on Kalymnos this trip, this is the standout. Just wow.

Also, this route description here is brilliant!


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Secret Garden : Ricounet (5.11d)
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: This route is super rad!


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Jurassic Park
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 19, 2014

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Comments: This is a wonderful little area stacked with amazing climbing. It's well worth the extra effort to get here and you're likely to have the place to yourself or with minimal others. A fine day is to start climbing at Spartacus and then move up to Jurassic when Spartacus gets crowded.


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Ghost Kitchen : ... : Dafni (5.11b/c)
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 19, 2014

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Comments: If you climb one route at the Ghost Kitchen, climb this one. Amazing features that seem too good to be true.


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Ghost Kitchen : ... : Lilo (5.11c/d)
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 17, 2014

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Comments: All four of us really, really enjoyed this route. Great variety of climbing to fun and featured climbing that flowed well. Definitely worth doing and not as popular as neighboring routes.


Location: International : Europe : Greece : Kalymnos : Ghost Kitchen : ... : Serena (5.10d)
By: Jason Halladay When: Apr 17, 2014

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Comments: The hardest move on the route is clipping the anchors. Probably best to clip from well below the anchors. You'll appreciate the lead protection bolt so close to the anchors.


Location: NM : Enchanted Tower
By: Jason Halladay When: Mar 19, 2014

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Comments:
John Tex wrote:
How much snow is there in March, if any at all?

John, I'm far from a local but knowing NM winters, the March snowpack will vary. This year I'm guessing there's little snow in the area now. The north-facing slopes will likely retain snow into April but all other aspects ought to be pretty dry. The long road in is in some narrow canyon spots at times so my educated guess is it's kinda sloppy and/or icy in spots into April. Hopefully someone more local will chime in if they ... more >>


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Sand Gulch : Contest Wall : Rodao (5.11c)
By: Jason Halladay When: Mar 13, 2014

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Comments: Reportedly the bolt hanger just above the roof is coldshut that is now blown-out and not to be trusted. If you're planning to do this route, take a new hanger and replace the blown-out one (although you'll have to get to top somehow, first!).


Location: NM : Jemez Valley Area : Las Conchas : Retirement Wall
By: Jason Halladay When: Mar 12, 2014

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Comments: Great route names fellas. Big kudos to the name Metamuscle. As brilliant as the route.


Location: NM : Enchanted Tower
By: Jason Halladay When: Mar 7, 2014

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Comments:
Allison M wrote:
These two smarty pants decided to hike in from 59. Our road tripping car definitely doesn't qualify as high clearance and we NEEDED to see what Enchanted Tower was all about. The hike is about 15 miles and 6 hours round trip. Do I regret it? No. Would I do it again? No. Well.. maybe. Enchanted Tower is stelllar! Seroiusly, that road is rough. Don't consider driving in unless you have a car that can take it.
I love the dedication! Was the road snowy or is it passable right... more >>


Location: NM : El Rito
By: Jason Halladay When: Mar 5, 2014

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Comments:
DLach wrote:
My friend and I plan on doing some camping and climbing here over spring break. I do have some concerns though. Is it dangerous to camp near the climbing areas? Are the locals and break-ins really that bad? Thank you for any advice you can offer.

I've been going to El Rito sport and trad areas for years including overnight camping and never had a problem personally or known anyone that has had a problem. In my opinion the theft issue is... more >>


Location: NM : El Rito
By: Jason Halladay When: Feb 17, 2014

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Comments:
Claire23 wrote:
Are there any bathrooms or water available at the sport climbing area or at the camping along the road? Pit toilets or running water?

Unfortunately no restrooms or pit toilets near the El Rito sport or trad climbing areas. As for running water, a small stream called the Caņada de Potrero runs intermittently along the campsites near the sport climbing area parking. You'd certainly want to treat this water for drinking.


Location: NM : New Mexico Navajolands : Ship Rock : Photo
By: Jason Halladay When: Jan 28, 2014

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Comments: While it's not the original summit register, it is pretty old! The text inside the front cover states it was placed there on December 18, 1962 and the early entries (including topos/drawings of routes) were copied into this 1962 register by Vincent Hoeman. In April 2010, I took photos of all ~62 pages in the register. It's an awesome list of who's-who in the climbing world over the decades. A totally cool relic and I hope it's still up there and in good shape.


Location: NM : Gallup Area : Mentmore : Original Side : (05) Health Wall : Rob's an A (5.11b)
By: Jason Halladay When: Jan 3, 2014

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Comments: Given the name, I assumed you didn't name it Rob. Since you established it and did the FA, do you have a more appropriate name for it? I don't know anything about the Mentmore area (or local "politics") but we can certainly add the "a.k.a." text for an alternate name.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jungle Wall : Emerald Forest (5.11b PG13)
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 27, 2013

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Comments: Great climbing! The initial three or four bolts of thin climbing on bullet, water-polished rock is tough but very well protected. The variety of climbing on this line is awesome. I placed a couple of bomber small nuts and RPs, a red link cam and yellow link cam in a horizontal way up high.
We replaced the cord and beefed up the rap ring on the anchor today, 12/27/2013.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jungle Wall
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 27, 2013

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Comments: The wall must get its name from the bushwacking you'll do to get there. Thankfully, as of today, the bushes have been clipped and the going is much, much easier. That said, it still took us at least an hour and a half to reach the base of the wall and we're quite familiar with RRCNCA trails and approaches. Nonetheless, it's totally worth the hike to climb on the wall. Great rock and amazing position.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jungle Wall : Jungle Wall (5.11b)
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 27, 2013

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Comments: Just plain fun on some of the best rock I've climbed at in RRCNCA (second to the bullet rock of the Dark Shadows area on Mescalito.)

If you happen to own an 80 meter rope you don't need a second rope. With an 80m the leader can be lowered to a the comfy ledge up hill of the start of the route, belay the second up the pitch and lower the second all the way back down to the start of the pitch, pull the rope and walk back down to the base. The bonus here, of course, is the opportunity to get grea... more >>


Location: NM
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 18, 2013

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Comments:
David Sahalie wrote:
I just drank a case of Yerba Mate and I don't know why.
If you watch closely you may catch a number of super subtle Yerba Mate product placement and product consumption scenes.


Location: NM
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 16, 2013

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Comments: A Chalk Life, a movie about New Mexico climbing, is now available in seven parts on YouTube. I haven't watched it yet but the trailer had some great drone footage of NM areas.



Location: NM : Jemez Valley Area : Upper East Fork : Monster Wall : Stay Puft (5.12a)
By: Jason Halladay When: Dec 15, 2013

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Comments: I hadn't been on this in a while, Jean, but after climbing it again this weekend I moved the third bolt up about 14 inches making it much safer going to the fixed cable draw. The third bolt is now a bit of a reachy clip to hang the draw but my 5'5" wife was able to hang it so it's not too bad.


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