Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED


Member Since: Oct 17, 2001
Last Visit: Aug 17, 2014
Contact Kelly Cordes


Point Rank: # 4,129
Total Points: 101
Last Year: 0
Last 30 Days: 0
8 Compliments
How do you get points?
Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3
Comments = 1



Where has Kelly Cordes been climbing?










Contributions


All 71 | Routes 3 | Areas | Photos 10 | Page Improvements | Comments 21 | Posts 34 | Stars 3 | Ratings

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Crazy Train (WI5)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Nov 17, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Thanks Kevin, I corrected it!


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : Crazy Train (WI5) : Photo
By: Kelly Cordes When: Nov 10, 2012

view comment >>
Comments: Note: I don't know whose photo this is. Greg Sievers is leading, Tom Jensen belaying, and someone from afar shot the image, looked Greg up, and sent it to him. Greg passed it on to me. Our thanks to the unnamed photog!
[EDIT NOTE: the label "AM" is wrong -- that route name is Morning Dew (not Autumn Mist, as I mistakenly thought).]


Location: CO : Kelly Cordes Needs Our Help
By: Kelly Cordes When: Feb 20, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Thanks much, everyone. Went well, Kirra, thank you. Had to keep me an extra day (had hoped to get out Thurs), as the nerve block wore off way too fast, after only about 12 hrs (they planned/thought 24-48; apparently it can vary a lot with individual things, metabolism, etc.) which left me in excruciating pain late Wed night. So, they kept me Thurs/Thurs night to get it under control, got out Fri and am ok now, just loopy from the pain meds. Sucks b/c it makes me stupider than normal.
... more >>


Location: CO : Kelly Cordes Needs Our Help
By: Kelly Cordes When: Feb 12, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Thanks for putting it together, Doug and crew. Really fun night, and the marg fund stuff was just too generous -- thank you. It'll inspire me in the coming months until I can walk again. Nothing like a little alcoholism to pass the time. But hey, they say you should do what you do best, so I won't argue. Posted a new marg recipe in honor of the night. kellycordes.wordpress.com/2010...


Location: CO : Kelly Cordes Needs Our Help
By: Kelly Cordes When: Feb 8, 2010

view comment >>
Comments: Thanks much for the kind post, John. No problem on the photo, btw, it's mine (can't remember who I handed my camera to...can't remember lots right now, the pain meds suck, make me feel stupid, something I can ill afford).
Thx for the follow-up, Doug. Very, very nice of you -- really appreciate it. Hoping it won't wreck me, I have insurance, though super high deductible and by the time I'm done with the things they weasel out of paying, we'll see how broke I am. Funny how they don't weasel out o... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookend : Strawberry Short Cake (5.10)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 4, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Rich F wrote: "If you have a 60, watch out. You can probably still TR, but the belayer will need to be up the hill a bit, and you'll want knots in the end."
--just to confirm for folks: yes, that's correct. you can lower off with a 60m, and belay a TR, but ya need to go uphill and tie into your ends.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Chiefshead Northeast Face : Cowboys and Indians (5.11c)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Sep 4, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Sorry for the delay, Bill -- actually, I'd say the given 5.9/10a rating for pitch 7 is about right. No harder than 5.10, anyway, and not really runout -- though, indeed, it *looks* much worse. That's the cool thing about it, it's a pleasant surprise!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags : Wizard's Gate
By: Kelly Cordes When: Aug 27, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: What an awesome crag -- many thanks to Jonathan and his crew for putting up some terrific routes here (and thanks for the tour!). Though currently not a ton of routes at this particular spot, it's possibly the best single-pitch crag (i.e. not including Lumpy, the Park, etc) around Estes, IMO. Really cool rock and great climbing, in a truly gorgeous setting. Well worth the visit, and hopefully more routes will go in -- seems there's plenty of potential for more.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Chiefshead Northeast Face : Cowboys and Indians (5.11c)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Aug 25, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Hi Bill, good post...indeed, "Lost at Sea" on pitch 7, as the guidebook descriptions don't help much and the topos seem super improbable -- ya look up and wonder how in the heck the two discontinuous, angling corners shown in the topos could possibly connect? Looks like blank face climbing between them.

We climbed the route yesterday, had a great time, and it's fresh in my mind. (BTW, saw some fresh chalk...maybe yours?) I trust I'm not killing anyone's adventure here, or else they wouldn't be... more >>


Location: CO : Michael Kennedy Named Edito...
By: Kelly Cordes When: Apr 16, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: They finished it, sent it to the printer, and it'll be out soon -- don't know the exact date we can expect it in our mailboxes or on newsstands, but it's happening and they're working on #27 now. Looking forward to it!


Location: CO : Call for Outdoor Writers - ...
By: Kelly Cordes When: Feb 7, 2009

view comment >>
Comments: Though I'm no Bill Shakespeare, here's some unsolicited advice for landing writing jobs:

1. Click the "for more information" link in the ad. It shows ambition, if only a tiny bit. Your questions are answered there.

2. Notice the bottom line on their Writer's Guidelines page. Not trying to be a dick here, I know it's just the Internet, but this is sincere advice since you've signed your name to a post in which you sound interested in applying for some writing work: It's "stories" not "story's."... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Batman Rock
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 24, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: Howdy Brad -- I'm pretty sure that Batman & Robin is closed due to the raptor nesting restrictions (update: yup, found it here:
nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/are... ).

It's a bit frustrating sometimes, in that I'm pretty sure they don't list all the closures at the trailhead. I could have just missed it, or maybe someone had torn down one of them or something. Anyway, the other day I didn't see the Batman area closure posted at the trailhead, so I started heading up that way... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookend : Pineapple Juice (5.11b)
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 21, 2008

view comment >>
Comments: Howdy Bob,

With all respect, I disagree on the notion of needing another bolt down low: "maybe an extra bolt installed at the first bolt just for some redundancy."

I've done this route a few times (and it's appx at my onsight ability, so I think I'm being fair here), and though it's a bit exciting in spots, seems to me that, for the grade, it's not overly dangerous. You do have to make a tiny move to clip the first bolt (again, for the grade, though? Not a big deal at all), and you could have... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Odessa Gorge : Notchtop & vicinity : North Face (5.7 WI3)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Nov 8, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: Found: ice screw on the N Face of Notchtop (which is in great relatively fat ice condition) this morning. Happy to return it to the owner -- drop me an email with description and I'll get it to ya.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall : Anarchitect (5.12d)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Jul 20, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: You're right on all, Bob, but I'm reformed, a changed man.
Seriously, yeah, definitely I'm the pot calling the kettle black to criticize anybody for anything...as would be most people. Maybe some (me) more than others. Even still, and despite my old times trolling/goofing off (and also being harsh in a serious tone), I think the baseless attacks on Matt are lame and, of course, I still have every right to say so. Even if it means I have "a lot of nerve"--better than no nerve. Doesn't change the ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall : Anarchitect (5.12d)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Jul 20, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: Sweetjesus, talk about absurd. So, Matt does a rad send (awesome job, Matt), his buddy talks some shit, and then Matt (?!?!) gets strung up by dudes with too much time on their hands (not that there's anything wrong with having time on your hands...) -- hard to believe. Matt's climb didn't negatively affect anybody else's experience, so even if you aren't into his style or whatever, so what? Ahhh, but such fun to put someone else down for no good reason, yes... And some of the stuff on here, jes... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder Adventure Film Fest...
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 9, 2007

view comment >>
Comments: Great event, always cool films of varying lengths, and with benefits to good causes. Well worth checking out for a night (or more, if you're a film junkie), IMO. Lots of fun, plus they have a bar at the venue!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Cathedral Wall
By: Kelly Cordes When: May 29, 2006

view comment >>
Comments: I found an approach shoe at the base of the Cathedral Wall (RMNP) today (5/29/06) -- the heel loop clip-in deal was blown-out, so I suspect it fell from high on the wall and someone had a bummer walk out. Drop me an email if it's yours and I'll get it to you. Kelly


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : Deep Freeze (WI5-6 M5 R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 25, 2001

view comment >>
Comments: Last Wed, Oct 17, Scott DeCapio and I climbed this route after Necrophelia - sorry I slacked in reporting sooner. Was far better than Necro, offering superb mixed climbing. The final pillar wasn't anywhere close to touching, but great rock climbing (felt 5.9-ish - good pick locks & hand jams) with good pro led to it. Unfortunately, the cracks ended, so the awkward and strenuous climbing onto the upper dagger were run-out (unless you want to place screws in it to experiment with natural selection... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Loch Vale & vicinity : Loch Vale & uphill : Necrophilia (WI4-5 M5-6 R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 25, 2001

view comment >>
Comments: Scott DeCapio and I climbed Necrophelia Oct 17 (sorry I didn't report conditions sooner!) - wasn't really that much fun, kinda spooky, scrappy, early season grovel. Some verglas covered parts of the route, but was mostly rock. No water running, either.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge : All Mixed Up (WI4 R)
By: Kelly Cordes When: Oct 24, 2001

view comment >>
Comments: Scott DeCapio and I climbed the route this morning, and despite winter misery up high in the park today (snow, wind, cold! waahh!), the ice was pretty good. I've only climbed it once before, last February, and there is considerably more, and better, ice on it now. Protectable by screws (don't forget the 10 & 13 cm ones though). The multitude of variants and climbs to the right looked good as well, and more interesting, but we were too interested in continual movement (warmth).