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Location: CO : Morrison/Evergreen : Alderfer/Three Sisters Park : The Eggs : In Between Egg/Upper Eggs : Championship Wrestling (V4)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Mar 13, 2014

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Comments: Erik,
Rufus has been climbing at Alder for longer than most anyone and has quietly put up dozens of classics recently re-discovered by the spray a lot crowd. He most likely did this FA back in the late '80s to early '90s.

Keep it humble and be different than the pack.


Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Sunshine Dome : Sunshine Route (5.10c R)
By: Kevin Stricker When: May 10, 2013

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Comments: Your description is a bit lacking. The first pitch you mention is the "weenie way" as the first pitch actually starts up a shallow, left-facing corner past a single bolt at mid-height. This pitch is the crux of the route, and also the best pitch of the climb (bring RPs).

Second pitch is well protected (by Platte standards) and actually climbs up and right to belay below a left-facing corner.

Third pitch is the hairy one, either climbing up and placing a piece in the corner or traversing ... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Sunshine Dome : Tree Route (5.11b)
By: Kevin Stricker When: May 10, 2013

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Comments: The tree was dead the last time I climbed this route, maybe 5 years ago. As it was the anchor for the first pitch, I would consider bringing a bolt kit if planning to repeat this line.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Lincoln Lake Slabs
By: Kevin Stricker When: Mar 24, 2013

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Comments: I believe that most of this cliff is actually on Denver Mountain Park land unfortunately. I always find it interesting that "we" sold some of our wilderness lands so that a road could be developed where otherwise not even a mountain bike could go.

Just a heads up, probably not the best idea to post up routes here although I do know of some additional development done on the right side of the cliff in recent years. There is a good map on the Evans Wilderness site that shows which parts of the ... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Big Rock Candy Mountain : Shock Treatment (5.12+) : Photo
By: Kevin Stricker When: Sep 22, 2012

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Comments: Think I was leaning over to offer encouragement, I would be broken if I had to belay like that. The pitch is hard enough....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : The Black Wall
By: Kevin Stricker When: Aug 26, 2011

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Comments: Two 60s will get you down in 2 raps off Bob's anchors and the rap route. One might get you down on the rap route (70m definitely works) as there are several extra bolted anchors in the vicinity.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Mission Wall : Gneiss Route (5.12a/b)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jun 27, 2011

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Comments: You can rap this route from Surette Ledge with two single raps with a 70m rope.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : The Meat Cleaver (5.10+)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 25, 2011

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Comments: I think the best beta is to place a #5 as high as possible before committing to the undercling and then power through to the stance after the crux. Meat Cleaver is 5.9 like Equinox is 5.10, so maybe 5.10+ in the real world.

Follow the crack up and right at the top for a really good, flared chimney with a handcrack in the back. Definitely the best pitch on the route. David Russell replaced the anchor bolts on P1 back in '05 or so. You can reach them from the top with a 60m rap, but ... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : The Meat Cleaver (5.10+) : Photo
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 25, 2011

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Comments: The better finish stays right in the crack to the top. It is the best pitch by far.


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Quarry : The Rodeo (5.12+)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Dec 6, 2010

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Comments: Great job, Dave,
We played on this last year and looked forward to coming back for the lead. Glad you beat us to it! Kinda.

The middle section was pretty techy, musta been an exciting lead drilling it up.

Congrats!


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Wasp Canyon : Starlight (5.12d)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Oct 23, 2010

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Comments: Here's an idea Josh, why don't you try and lead the direct start to Starlight and establish you own trad route.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Curving Vine (5.11a)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Aug 13, 2010

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Comments: Hey Ross,
Your description of the crux does sound a bit like Hidden Diamond, especially if the crack above the fist crack/roof was small and had flowers growing from it. I remember a traverse out to the right pass a few pins to get to that pitch though. Curving Vine pretty much continues straight up past the monster flake although it does jog a bit on the second pitch. It is an obvious crack system to the right of Pervertical that is distinguished by the fact that it pinches off and ends ab... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : ... : Photo
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jul 24, 2010

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Comments: Too bad the Diamond is not that steep....


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The For Real Canyon : Around the Corner aka Unf..... (5.10)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jul 20, 2010

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Comments: Around the Corner is the PC name given on this site...it's still the original name to me.....


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Quarry : River Dance (5.8)
By: Kevin Stricker When: May 19, 2010

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Comments: Ryan,
I respect your opinions though I do feel there is a bit of a generalization going on in your interpretation of the route development. To answer your question, no I have not been to Thunder since early March this year being tied up with work and climbing with my family when possible. Honestly I did not post anything when you first put up the route because I wanted to wait to see it myself before voicing my opinion. Maybe I have jumped the gun on this and will make sure I do it next tim... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Thunder Ridge : The Quarry : River Dance (5.8)
By: Kevin Stricker When: May 17, 2010

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Comments: When I first saw the posting for this route, I was disappointed for several reasons. Firstly, it is the second most bolts placed on a single pitch at Thunder Ridge to my knowledge. It also for the most part follows a line I led with Dave Russell on-sight ground up on natural protection over a year ago. I didn't bother documenting the ascent as I was fairly sure it had been done previously being both obvious and easy.

The fact that you bolted "my line" doesn't bother me too much, it needed a ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Profile Wall : Mouse Meat (5.10-)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 8, 2010

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Comments: Darren,
The photo makes it look pretty sunny...what is the access to High Profile in the winter and when is it in the sun?

Thanks!


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Fallen Angels (5.10b)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 1, 2010

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Comments: That's because those bolts are bomber 12mm Petzl Longlifes, not 1/4 inchers.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Standard Route (5.11- R)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 1, 2010

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Comments: If you go up and left on pitch 4 you are getting on Sunkist, a 4 pitch 5.12. Make sure to traverse right if you want to stick with the Standard Route.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Fallen Angels (5.10b)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Feb 1, 2010

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Comments: You have some of the facts off in your description. Fallen Angels is a two pitch route and does have a first pitch anchor at a nest of webbing below a roof that is easily backed up. Most people link it with the second pitch which continues through the large, right-facing corner to a roof and use the bolt anchors there to belay. The crack system to the right is actually Deceptions Past, the real start to Equinox starts about 100 feet to the left around the corner up the slabby ramp. Most star... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : The Dome : Pornographic Motions (5.10- PG13)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jan 14, 2010

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Comments: In the picture above, the black streak in the foreground is the crux pitch of Topographical Oceans. If you hike around to Connections and look up and right, you will see the one bolt protecting the first pitch.


Location: CO : South Platte : Big Rock Candy Mountain : Petered Out (5.9) : Photo
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jan 13, 2010

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Comments: That is the aid finish to Sweet Catastrophe.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Sunshine Wall : Riders on the Storm (5.12-)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jan 4, 2010

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Comments: Thanks for the comments, guys, it was great to be up there with you.

This route is unique for the Spires due to the multitude of holds on the face, it is really more of a face climb with natural protection. It is easy to aid through the crux on fixed gear. During the winter months it is best to get on the climb in the morning, as by mid day the sun starts shining in your eyes and it is in the shade in the afternoon.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Block Tower : Wrist Never Sleeps (5.12 PG13)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jan 4, 2010

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Comments: The difficulty of this climb is a direct correlation to your pain tolerance. It is easier to start to the right near the crack and traverse left then climb up to the first bolt, but it is still sketchy. Don't forget some gear (as I did) or you will be looking at making 5.9+ moves about 50 feet out from your last bolt and giving a body belay up top.


Location: CO : South Platte : Cathedral Spires Area : Block Tower : Desperado (5.11+ R)
By: Kevin Stricker When: Jan 1, 2010

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Comments: If you're not interested in 5.11 runouts, you can traverse right at the fourth bolt to finish with the top of Queer Bait's first pitch. This option is 5.11 (10R).

This route avoids all of the groveling on Queer Bait and lets you climb the Block Tower with a light rack. The rock quality and climbing is three stars, but its contrived nature knocks it down a notch.


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