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Areas = 15
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Location: IA : Hoot Bluff : Golden Showers (5.12a)
By: Joe Stark When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: They'll get taken care of this week. Thanks for the heads-up, Andrew!


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Wild Iowa Wall
By: Joe Stark When: Apr 10, 2014

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Comments: From L to R:

Wild Iowa, Kiss of the Prince, Territorial Pissings, Soul Ignition, Bird In Hand, Hot Tamale, Gotz Crack, Hungry to Do, Virgin Lemonade, Atropine, another crack, Peek-a-boo (TR line)


Location: IA : Backbone State Park
By: Joe Stark When: Dec 25, 2013

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Comments: That is correct, Tyler.


Location: IA : Wildcat Den (respect closur...
By: Joe Stark When: Aug 23, 2013

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Comments: Copied from the Iowa DNR website:

Rock Climbing or Rappelling

Free climbing, and climbing or rappelling activity which uses bolts, pitons, or similar permanent anchoring equipment or ropes, harnesses, or slings is prohibited in state parks and recreation areas, except by persons or groups registered with the person in charge of the area. Individuals participating with groups must each sign a registration form before climbing or rappelling.

Climbing or rappelling is not permitted at the Ledge... more >>


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Comic Gallery : The Buddha (aka Turn Me Loo... (5.10b)
By: Joe Stark When: Aug 16, 2013

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Comments: Steep jug haul. Fun climbing. Just as good as Virgin Lemonade. Surprised more people don't give it props.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Chicago Wall : Empty Pockets (5.11c)
By: Joe Stark When: Aug 16, 2013

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Comments: I think this is an awesome line. Definitely a few hard moves, but the sequence is rad.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Wild Iowa Wall : Bird in Hand (5.11b)
By: Joe Stark When: Feb 25, 2013

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Comments: This route is maybe twenty-three feet tall. I was able to touch the anchors with a twelve-foot stick-clip when standing on the rocks directly beneath the anchors.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Wild Iowa Wall : Kiss of the Prince (5.11b)
By: Joe Stark When: Feb 25, 2013

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Comments: This route is only about twenty feet tall. I was able to touch the anchors with a twelve-foot stick-clip!


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Wild Iowa Wall : Wild Iowa (5.11b)
By: Joe Stark When: Feb 25, 2013

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Comments: This route is only about twenty feet tall. I was able to touch the anchors with a twelve-foot stick-clip!


Location: IA : Hoot Bluff : Gravity Amp (5.12a)
By: Joe Stark When: Nov 21, 2012

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Comments: Right on. I'm just passionate about maintaining and even expanding access to Iowa's sport areas. The potential for further development within the state is huge. We just need to show that our community can maintain the areas we climb at with a low impact approach.
The chains really do cause a visual impact and the hooks (while strong) are not rated and shouldn't be used when quality, rated equipment can be used in its place.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Windy Point : The Dispossessed (5.10a)
By: Joe Stark When: Nov 10, 2012

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Comments: This route has been cleaned up and the bolts have been moved to safer placements right of the original line.

Trespass 2.0 - 6 bolts to rap ring anchors.


Location: IA : Hoot Bluff : Gravity Amp (5.12a)
By: Joe Stark When: Nov 10, 2012

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Comments: Those chains are an eye sore in an access-sensitive area. Also the hooks on the ends are made from cast steel. Not safe or intended for supporting human life. Hoot nearly had all the bolts chopped a few years back. Putting up hardware store gear that could cause an accident is a surefire way to have access put on the chopping block.

We need to remember that the land managers (DNR, County Conservation) want these areas as 'natural' as possible. So hangers and anchors need to be camouflaged with ... more >>


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Windy Point : Hollywood on a Buck O' Five (5.9)
By: Joe Stark When: Sep 28, 2012

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Comments: The fixed biners on the anchors are meant to facilitate cleaning. Do not use them for toproping.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Ice Cave Wall : Schoolio (5.9)
By: Joe Stark When: Sep 28, 2012

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Comments: The fixed carabiners on this route are for lowering off after cleaning the anchors only. Do not use them for toproping.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Shiprock
By: Joe Stark When: Jul 20, 2012

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Comments: There are now nice, cedar steps leading down the hill to Silk Road and Over the Counter. Cedar belays, too. This hillside has been a constant source of erosion troubles. The old RR ties have been removed. Please help this hillside come back into a state of vegetation and stick to the established trail. Thanks and enjoy.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks
By: Joe Stark When: Jun 8, 2012

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Comments: New guide books are now available. Follow the link to my website to purchase your copy today.

iowaguidebooks.com

They are also being sold at Active Endeavors in Iowa City and Crawdaddy Outdoors in Waverly.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks : Gumby Wall : Gumby Deranged (5.10a)
By: Joe Stark When: May 20, 2012

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Comments: Stick clip. Essential piece of gear.

The sequence that gets you through the bulge is quality movement, but where's the .10a move?


Location: Joe Stark : Home Wall : Photo
By: Joe Stark When: Jan 2, 2012

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Comments: The OSB panels tend to have t-nuts spin out alot. I was being cheap! I've stopped using it in favor of plywood. All my roof panels and bigger volumes are plywood. I made some small pyramids from OSB and they are surprisingly holding up really well.


Location: IA : Palisades Kepler State Park : Outlook : Nanda Herring (5.6)
By: Joe Stark When: Oct 8, 2011

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Comments: The left-side anchor (facing the river) is getting a little loose. The direction of pull is good, but I still backed it up. Bring some cord or a large sling and use the bombproof rock next to the anchor as a backup.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks
By: Joe Stark When: Jul 7, 2011

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Comments: I agree with you, Michael. I hadn't properly researched the breaking strength of snap links. I thought 3/8" stainless would have been stronger. Thanks for the spot! Any leavers I put up will be the CAMP USA Gym Safe carabiners mentioned above.


Location: IA : Pictured Rocks
By: Joe Stark When: Jul 2, 2011

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Comments: I am going to start leaving steel snap links at the tops of routes at Pictured Rocks. Threading a lower is a time-consuming pain in the ass. Please respect this gear donation by leaving the links in place.