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Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Elk Creek Spires : Photo
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 2, 2015

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Comments: Great shot of the namesake chimney on Chimney Rock!


Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Elk Creek Spires : Chimney Rock (5.9 PG13)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 2, 2015

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Comments: When I climbed this with Tyson Ferryman, summer of 2014, the summit anchors consisted of three sketchy pins and a tied off block. The slings were sun bleached, degraded and falling apart, as well as crusted over with lichen. We guessed no one had been up there for a long while.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Staunton State Park Ice : Elk Falls (WI2-)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 2, 2015

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Comments: The formation is labeled "Chimney Rock" on the USGS topo map.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Bertha (5.11+)
By: Kirk Miller When: Jan 12, 2015

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Comments: Try to see what's going down
Maybe read between the lines
Had a feeling I was falling, falling, falling.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Lincoln Lake Slabs : Gettysburg Address (5.12b)
By: Kirk Miller When: Sep 29, 2014

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Comments: Red Ballnuts might just be perfect for the spicy .11 runout after the crux. Next time I get on Gettysburg, I'll try 'em out and report back.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Mt. Evans : Lincoln Lake Slabs : Sport Dike (5.10)
By: Kirk Miller When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: Fun little route, but I gotta go with PG-13.

Watch yourself on the first two clips; you'll take a nasty grounder for sure if you blow either clip. For me, the second clip was the hardest clip on the route....


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : The Grendel
By: Kirk Miller When: Jun 24, 2014

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Comments: The route left of Pierced Lip Lock is Freedom Fighter, 11d. FA Mark Rolofson, Kirk Miller.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Any Doodle Do (5.10)
By: Kirk Miller When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: No need to drill another hole. This type of bolt can be completely removed and replaced if necessary.
Probably not a good idea to hammer on it either; might be best to pull it out and put in a fresh bolt.
I will try to go up there this week to get it fixed.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Photo
By: Kirk Miller When: Mar 3, 2014

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Comments: Can't say... don't speak goat well enough, they were keeping a sharp eye on us for sure.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Tiger's Woody (5.13a)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: I spoke with Mark about moving the anchors up... he's of the opinion to leave it the way it is. He said the route cleans well from the existing anchor set and the finish is well protected as is.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Tiger's Woody (5.13a)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 20, 2014

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Comments: For sure, Mark gets the credit for this one! I only spotted the line and installed the initial anchors, but Mark did all the work. While Mark was bolting this one, I bolted its neighbor, Wooly Bully.


Location: CO : Golden : The East Quarry : Tiger's Woody (5.13a)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: I'll talk to Mark about moving the anchors up. When I put in the first set, I had no idea how the route would top out.
Can't say where it came from, we didn't create the pocket.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky : Moses : Dunn Route (5.11-)
By: Kirk Miller When: Feb 2, 2014

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Comments: Trout gets the credit for the 4th pitch crawl. When we did this and got to the belay cave at the end of the 3rd pitch, he pointed out the possibility; a debris chocked crack of light in the back of the chimney. We were both game to eliminate the original 5.11 offwidth, so I sat patiently while Ken began excavations. After about an hour of concerted effort and a great deal of dirt, we were able to barely squeeze through, sans harnesses.


Location: General Climbing : Shelf Road Hut / Cactus Cli... : Post : Photo
By: Kirk Miller When: Nov 4, 2013

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Comments: Now repaired thanks to the generous efforts of the BLM!!!


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone : Gondolier Arete (5.10-)
By: Kirk Miller When: Oct 11, 2013

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Comments: When the route went in, there was a huge patch of Poison Ivy at the base of the slab. Thus the original start and first bolt placement.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of Alex Duran and Kirk Raney, the area is now free of the noxious plant.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road
By: Kirk Miller When: Oct 8, 2013

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Comments: The BLM has closed all the campgrounds, locked all their gates, and locked all the toilets at Shelf as part of the Federal Shutdown.
If you visit show some consideration, dig a hole, bury crap, and put a big rock on top so dogs don't dig it up. Thanks!!! It could get nasty there pretty fast with the numbers visiting if we don't take care.
(Someone, unkindly, left their mess behind the Cactus outhouse already... disgusting!!!)

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Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
By: Kirk Miller When: Sep 23, 2013

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Comments: Thanks to Mike Morin, a host of volunteers, and JCOS for the most excellent new trail into the Canal Zone! Great work, many thanks.
Cheers


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road
By: Kirk Miller When: Sep 18, 2013

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Comments: I posted a few pics under the thread "Shelf Road Hut". There was extensive road damage from a storm in August, prior to recent events. BLM completed repairs before the last round of storms. Hopefully the road is still good to go. Cactus Cliff Yurt is available.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Major Dude (5.12c/d)
By: Kirk Miller When: Aug 3, 2013

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Comments: Any major dude with half a heart surely will tell you my friend
Any minor world that breaks apart falls together again
When the demon is at your door
In the morning it won't be there no more
Any major dude will tell you

˜Steely Dan˜


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Golden Gate (5.11d)
By: Kirk Miller When: Jun 20, 2013

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Comments: No new routes have been added. The route to the right of Golden Gate, Brass Monkey, awaits listing on MP (from someone who's actually sent it!).


Location: CO : Eagle/Vail/Minturn/Red Clif... : Gilman Canyon : Gilman Canyon Crags : Crack of ONO (5.10c)
By: Kirk Miller When: May 22, 2013

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Comments: I climbed this in 1986 with Rusty Kirkpatrick. Pretty sure ours was the FA. Had to clean quite a bit out of the crack as I recall....


Location: WY : Lander Area : Sinks Canyon : Commercial Business Plannin...
By: Kirk Miller When: May 9, 2013

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Comments: Wow! Comercial development in pristine, environmentally sensitive, wild areas.

Great Idea!!!

I think an Ice Cream truck playing loud, dorky, ding dong, pop goes the fuckin' weasel, cruising the crags at 15 minute intervals would be just fantastic! While we're at it let's put in a WalMart, Kmart, Target, and a couple 7-11 / KwikyMarts.

Any other great ideas?


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Dog House : Li'l Dog (5.11a/b)
By: Kirk Miller When: May 1, 2013

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Comments: One of the most useful features of MP is the consensus grade. When routes go in, they tend to be graded according to the FA's feel for the route on that particular day. Often first impressions are accurate, but consensus weighs way more heavily towards establishing more accurate grades.

So... .10d, .11b... I'll go with whatever the crowds decide.
(Last time I got on it, it felt easier than 11b to me as well.)


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : The North End : The Lifus's Farm Tools (5.10b)
By: Kirk Miller When: Apr 9, 2013

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Comments: It's always fun to encounter the crux with the last bolt all but out of sight below....
Good example of a contrived runout detracting from an otherwise stellar climb.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Raven's Brew (5.11d)
By: Kirk Miller When: Mar 15, 2013

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Comments: Hey Geoff, I finally got back on this again, fun but burly! You go big, straight to the jugs, throwing with your left hand. Right hand in the high, huge, undercling side-pull and left foot high stepped. If you don't hit the jugs, it's possible to crimp below and bump to them. Stemming behind your back makes it a bit easier. I didn't use the stem on the FA (I was too charged up to even notice the option) and avoided it yesterday, for full value.


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