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Location: NC : Linville Gorge
By: John Braun When: Mar 23, 2014

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Comments: The road to Table Rock has a gate that is closed in the winter. If it is closed, you have to park at the gate and hike (or bike) another mile to the picnic area.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock
By: John Braun When: Mar 23, 2014

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Comments: The road to Table Rock is gated and the gate is (I believe) closed in the winter until April 1. If you decide to go, you can hike (or bike!) a steep mile and a half up the paved switchbacks to the picnic area.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock : Helmet Variation (5.8)
By: John Braun When: Mar 15, 2014

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Comments: I TRed this today and there were 2 white chalk marks that looked like someone marking potential bolt locations. Both were in the bottom third of the route. I don't know if anyone leads this currently, but the bolts would be a nice addition, IMO.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Photo
By: John Braun When: Feb 27, 2014

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Comments: Any idea when this bolt was placed?


Location: NC : Ship Rock
By: John Braun When: Nov 5, 2013

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Comments: Can dogs make it to the Upper Tier?


Location: NC : Stone Depot
By: John Braun When: Jun 26, 2013

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Comments: I just want to second what TomCaldwell said - check out the Reardon guide! There are actually 19 routes listed in the guide in this area, most under 5.10. Great area to hone your multipitch skills or just have a fun, mellow romp!


Location: NC : Cedar Rock : Cedar Rock - North : Darkness on the Edge (5.7+)
By: John Braun When: Jun 17, 2013

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Comments: The tree on the left is rooted in steep steep dirt behind a perched boulder. As i was setting up to rap, i was exposing the roots of the tree. It does not seem sustainable to continue using the tree, plus you lose some good climbing. It seems more natural to belay from the top of the pillar, but that would require new bolts.


Location: NH : New Durham Area (South of ... : Longstack Precipice
By: John Braun When: Apr 28, 2013

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Comments: Mad props to the developers. We were out there today (no climbing, someone forgot their harness) and I was quite impressed by the well-marked trail, nice trail work, etc. Navigation is easy, if you're at all confused, just wander around the shooting range until you see a bunch of cairns (rock piles) and follow those.

Anyone know who owns the land out there?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Kane Springs Canyon : Space Tower Area
By: John Braun When: Apr 21, 2013

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Comments: Paul, mad props for cleaning up the register. I think someone should make a copy of that original pink note and put it back up there. I, for one, got quite a kick out of reading that note on the summit and scrambling over and checking out "the inch." Say hey to Tom for me, I hung out with him a bit last year.


Location: MA : Cape Ann
By: John Braun When: Dec 28, 2012

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Comments: How are the climbing conditions this time of year? Sunshine wall seems like an obvious choice, but wondering if there are other good cold weather options....


Location: NH : Whitehorse Ledge : 7. The Slabs : Girdle Traverse of Whitehor... (5.8 A0 PG13)
By: John Braun When: Apr 1, 2012

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Comments: Anybody have more beta on this route? Rack suggestions? How is the route-finding if you haven't climbed a lot at Whitehorse?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Scarface : Spam (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Jan 9, 2012

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Comments: When we visited in early November of 2011, a plaque at the base of the route said something like "bad anchor on second pitch" or "second pitch one bolt anchor." Can anybody confirm or deny this?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Scarface : Unknown 10 (5.10)
By: John Braun When: Jan 9, 2012

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Comments: I'm sure this sentiment has been expressed before, but... if this route was anywhere other than Indian Creek, it would be a four-star classic, especially if it was a bit longer. As it is, it stands past a bunch of other stellar climbs and doesn't get much attention at our beloved creek.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Long Canyon : Long Canyon North : Program Director (5.10)
By: John Braun When: Dec 14, 2011

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Comments: Don't let the rumblings of loose rock scare you. There's just a hollow-sounding flake and a loose block, both are easy to avoid. The anchor (if I remember correctly) was made of 2 modern bolts and an ancient star drive. It was solid. This climb is awesome!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Tusher Canyon : The Academy : Hot For Teacher (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Dec 14, 2011

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Comments: Lots of loose rock. The third pitch, in particular, had a bunch of that sugar-cube like rock in the crack. I'm not sure if any of the gear on the last pitch would have held a fall. This is not a route to forget your helmet.


Location: WI : Devil's Lake
By: John Braun When: Dec 14, 2011

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Comments: I'm going to be in Wisconsin for a few weeks over the holidays. From what I've heard, there's been a limited amount of snow recently. Any chance the rock will be climbable around the new year?


Location: UT : Moab Area : Kane Springs Canyon : Space Tower Area : Hallow Souls (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Dec 1, 2011

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Comments: MAN this is a fun route! Just enough spice to keep things interesting. Picture a MUCH more heady version of the Stolen Chimney or the Molar Tower. I thought the crux was traversing from the first crack above the chimney belay to the second crack, but the moves to the bolt also gave me pause. If it feels like a really hard face climb, you're not stemming enough! The second time I climbed it, I stemmed and chimneyed much more and found it much easier.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Way Rambo : Rochambeau (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Nov 28, 2011

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Comments: There's a loose block about 8 feet up - not sure if it is what the previous poster was talking about. It's got an X on it. Easy to get around it, though.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street : Top 40 (5.8)
By: John Braun When: Oct 24, 2011

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Comments: Somebody pounded in a piton about 6' up this route, they obviously put it in standing on that little ledge. Sure, the beginning is a little tricky, but seriously, a piton? It's since been removed.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street : A Fistful of Potash (5.10-)
By: John Braun When: May 9, 2011

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Comments: Anyone know what the bolted line is to the left of Fistful? It starts a few feet left, climbs the slab to the arete and up to the same anchors.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street : Campground Crack (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Apr 17, 2011

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Comments: The bolts are, as noted above, about 12ft from the edge. It is basically impossible to toprope the route due to rope grooves unless you extend the master point. This requires ~80ft of cord if you're doing it the conventional way.

Fun climb, though.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street : Potstash (5.9)
By: John Braun When: Mar 23, 2011

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Comments: The last bolt before the chains (the bolt that protects the high crux) is in really bad shape. It's sticking out about a half inch from the rock and the hanger is just rattling around. If that scares you, you might be able to protect that section with a yellow or larger TCU to the right of the bolt.