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Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Dike Wall : North Face
By: kenr When: Aug 10, 2014

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Comments: Top-Roping access ...
The short access to the top of the cliffs is by two climbs rated 5.6 and 5.7 in the most recent print guidebook. There might or might not be an easier access far up toward the West which would go well above the top of the wall, and then you'd have to find your way back down and hope you could reach the top anchors for your desired climbing routes.

So if you're not feeling brave to solo 5.6 or 5.7 as your first climbing of the day, bring a selection of smal... more >>


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Dike Wall
By: kenr When: Aug 10, 2014

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Comments: The Dike Wall is located around GPS latitude longitude (N37.5962 W119.0133), about 0.2 mile / 350 meters SW from the S shore of Lake George, or about 4 miles / 6 km SW from the town of Mammoth Lakes.

Parking (lat long ~ N37.6034 W119.0107) is on the N side of Lake George. There are toilets and bear-proof food storage facilities.

Approach: The shorter approach hike is around the East side of Lake George -- about +350 vertical feet / +105 meters over a distance of 0.7 mile / 1.1 km, mostl... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Pothole Dome
By: kenr When: Aug 6, 2014

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Comments: Class 5 climbing sections on Left TR anchors 1 and 2 are around 15-25 feet. The rest of each pitch is at most class 4 (many climbers would call it class 3).

Our feeling was the class 5 moves were pretty interesting, just wish there had been more.

On the other hand the approach is short and easy (if don't get confused by the SuperTopo guidebook directions like we did), so perhaps the limited climbing is worth it.

Some ideas for how to get more out of those short class 5 sections:
  • do it in a...
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Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Pothole Dome
By: kenr When: Aug 5, 2014

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Comments: Where things are ...
The main parking for Pothole Dome is by an open field on its S side (GPS latitude longitude ~ N37.8768 W119.3943).

Alternate parking (GPS lat long ~ N37.8802 W119.3966) at a pullout on N side near the top of a hill about a quarter mile NW from the main parking.

Summit of the Dome is about (GPS lat long ~ N37.8805 W119.3939)

The Left Top-Rope bolt anchors (for climbs 1 and 2), three of them (GPS lat long N37.8814 W119.3939) are on the NNW side of the Dome, due N about 100 ... more >>


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Eagle Creek Canyon : 90 Foot Wall : Casual Observer (5.1)
By: kenr When: Aug 2, 2014

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Comments: Rather interesting chimney. Uses a variety of techniques, even some chimneying. Wide enough so there's no need for knee-pads.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Mammoth Lakes Area : Rock Creek : Gong Show Wall : Hey! (5.11a PG13)
By: kenr When: Jul 31, 2014

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Comments: I did it as top-rope from Overexposure P1.
Lots of interesting thoughtful moves, one pretty wild one. Good variety of situations.
I'd guess much harder for climbers much less tall than 5ft7in / 170cm (because the wild move is reachy, and preceded by another reachy crux move).

Consider that the guidebook saying that it's an arete climb may not be fully accurate.

Ken


Location: CA : High Sierra : Little Lakes Peak : NNW Ridge direct (5.6)
By: kenr When: Jul 31, 2014

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Comments: I tried this as a solo climb on a day when the weather did not invite anything harder or longer. I'd seen a report that the traverse over Little Lakes Peak to Mt Morgan had pretty views. I assumed that meant starting with the SW ridge of LLPk, which is also mentioned in the Moynier+Fiddler book. I check in the Secor book and it mentioned that the NW ridge was enjoyable. That would make it a shorter loop to fit the weather forecast, so that's that I chose.

The trail and off-trail hiking approach... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Emerson : Southeast Face (aka the Wat... (5.4)
By: kenr When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: Some statistics ...
  • approach to start of 5th class climbing from official day-visitor Parking:
. . about 2000 vertical feet over 2.5 miles horizontal
. . / ( +600 meters over 4 km distance )

  • start of 5th class climbing to summit
. . about 2000 vertical feet over 0.5 mile horizontal
. . / ( +600 meters over 0.8km distance)

  • summit ridge climbing (including upper descent section NW from summit)
. . about 1100 ft horizontal (330 meters)

  • Total from official Parking to summit
. . abo... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Mt. Emerson : Southeast Face (aka the Wat... (5.4)
By: kenr When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: Had a lot of fun on it today.
The summit ridge is great, and continued for longer than I expected. The starting moves are interesting, and there's lots of other good gully climbing. And it's worthwhile as routefinding "adventure" out in the middle of this big face -- not sure when's the best time to switch to a different gully, where to get on the ridge, etc.

But it has more drawbacks than some other great Sierra ridge routes: The descent of the south face on sand and scree is not fun at all, a... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Junior (5.9+ R)
By: kenr When: Jul 19, 2014

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Comments: Interesting crux sequence. Worthwhile as top-rope with directional from Laurel anchor bolts.
(Not surprisingly, much more difficult if much shorter than 5ft7in / 170cm with normal reach.)


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Good Book Wall : Rachel (5.10b)
By: kenr When: Jul 12, 2014

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Comments: I suspect the first semi-blind reach at the crux overhang is way harder for people much less tall than 5ft6inch. And then the third reach is pretty long too.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Horseman (5.5)
By: kenr When: Jul 12, 2014

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Comments: I found the big corner / dihedral had lots of awkward moves. Not many with elegant stemming, and fewer of those if your legs aren't fairly long.

Overall a interesting + great climb, but don't be surprised if you can't find an elegant way to do much of the dihedral.

I think the direct variation (continuing up the corner where it gets overhanging along left side of roof) is pretty fun (though likely much harder for people less tall than 5ft5inch).


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Boston (5.5 PG13)
By: kenr When: Jul 12, 2014

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Comments: At last got the whole thing with no chimney-ing, squirming, or jamming whatsoever. Pretty enjoyable and satisfying that way.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : Miss Bailey (5.6 PG13)
By: kenr When: Jul 12, 2014

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Comments: Lots of variety and some interesting moves -- but much of that is in the chimney sections. So you really have to be ready for serious chimney -- and most people nowadays (including me) are not.

The overhangs on P3 are intimidating and strenuous, but not that interesting. And surely harder than 5.6. Perhaps each single move is within 5.6, but the sequences are pretty sustained (and a couple of key moves lack footholds).

I found the exit from the lower chimney interesting and not awkward -- prov... more >>


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : Stockade Wall : Crankenstein (5.11- PG13)
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: Start is just a few feet left of the three left-leaning cracks (the cracks of Once Was Choss But Now Is Found and Dave's A-Peelin')


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : Stockade Wall
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: We climbed there recently, seemed like interesting moves on nice rock. Seemed about 40-50 feet high. The top of Stockade (GPS latitude longitude approx N41.14495 W74.16497) is at the same level as the bottom of the Tower Wall, located a short ways east of the east end of the Tower Wall. With some tricky scrambling, it is possible connect between the bottom of the Tower Wall and the west side of the bottom of Stockade Wall. Or there is a use trail up to the cliff bottom from the dirt road to its ... more >>


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Tower Wall : The Red Knob (5.7+)
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: The "red knob" does not help with finding or following the route. Near as I can tell it's at most a foot wide, and sits ten or fifteen feet below the right end of the roof.

As the earlier comment points out, the original route did not pull the roof. I assume the main description above intends the route after the red knob to diagonal way left to use the positive handholds toward the left side of the roof. (Perhaps someone could succeed in getting over the roof at its center or right side, but I ... more >>


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va...
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: Basilisk Wall:

getting there: Go to the bottom of Tower Wall, then continue west on the same level past Three Bears and Daves Wall. Then past the right turn for the trail uphill to Good Book Wall. Then fairly flat and roughly west past the various "Lenapehocking" boulders, until you see something that matches the photos in the Crefeld guidebook. Basilisk Right is reasonably clean rock with lots of crack features. Past that is some lichen-covered rock. Then a fairly clean face w... more >>


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Good Book Wall
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: After the new trail work is finished, I'm not sure the approach will be an "orange" trail.

Anyway after passing under the Tower Wall and going gentle for a ways past Three Bears and Daves Wall, the trail for Good Book Wall turns right and climbs uphill long before you reach Basilisk Wall. I think the Right turn comes around
latitude longitude (N41.14523 W74.16670).


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Good Book Wall : Harpoon Me (5.9)
By: kenr When: Jun 18, 2014

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Comments: We did with a rope from the top, anchored with a static line to a tree farther back, hanging it over the edge roughly halfway between two trees near the edge.

I guess I did the either the 5.10 variation or the Whalehunter finish - (I guess I'll know better which after I get the time to try Whalehunter). Anyway it was all very interesting climbing.


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Tower Wall : Ogre Arete (5.9)
By: kenr When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: To me felt like had lots of demanding thoughtful moves -- but not necessarily the most fun kind.


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Tower Wall : Rachel's Crack (5.8-)
By: kenr When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: Not much jamming in the crack, but lots of interesting moves.

Note that setting up a Top-Rope in the easiest way using the tree at the top puts the rope on the climbers-right (east) side of the vertical "torpedo" high up -- which is really the finish of the Johnson Route (similar difficulty). And many climbers in the lower section then naturally tend to use holds from both of the Rachels and Johnson routes (makes it easier and still interesting).

Better way to set up the (more interesting) fin... more >>


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Tower Wall : No Rest for the Wicked (5.9+)
By: kenr When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: Lots of interesting moves. For me it required some clever maneuvering to get through the last 10-15 feet (without using the Back to the Wall finish).

Top-rope did not require directionals, but very difficult to set up TR to achieve all of: avoid rope drag, monitor possible abrasion on anchor materials, and belay from the bottom. So I'd recommend plan on belaying from the top.


Location: NY : Ramapo Powerlinez (Torne Va... : The Tower Wall : Back to the Wall (5.7+ PG13)
By: kenr When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: Lots of interesting moves with variety.
Top-rope did not require directionals, but very difficult to set up TR to achieve all of: avoid rope drag, monitor possible abrasion on anchor materials, and belay from the bottom. So I'd recommend plan on belaying from the top.


Location: NY : West Point : Poison Ivy Wall
By: kenr When: Jun 5, 2014

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Comments: Parking change as of May 2014 ...
Sharon and I drove down to the marina on the train tracks alongside the River (south of the cliff) to park. Saw a new sign said parking is no longer allowed as of May 1, 2014. Just a couple weeks ago before in April I had paid the guy $5 and parked there.

I went over and talked to him, and he said his insurance would no longer allow parking. Suggested we park up at the West Point Visitors center instead.

So I left Sharon and our rope and draws and packs at the... more >>


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