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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Lily Mountain : Quickie Cliff : Casual Six (5.5)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Jul 18, 2014

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Comments: Fun route that should've been called "Casual Five", since that's probably closer to its rating.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq... : The Flying Dutchman (5.4 WI2-3) : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Jul 14, 2014

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Comments: I climbed it with aluminum crampons; that gives a good idea of how steep it is.


Location: Charles Vernon : First Photo Album : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Dec 17, 2013

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Comments: Or how 'bout this one!
No, that's not his middle finger;)
No, that's not his middle finger;)



Location: Charles Vernon : First Photo Album : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Dec 17, 2013

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Comments: Or this one!
Charles rapping off Conads, Lumpy Ridge.
Charles rapping off Conads, Lumpy Ridge.



Location: Charles Vernon : First Photo Album : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Dec 17, 2013

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Comments: Dammit Vernon! Get a real profile photo...like this one!
Charles pullin' down at Big Bend Boulders.
Charles pullin' down at Big Bend Boulders.



Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : West Face : Dialogue on Zen (5.7)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Sep 5, 2012

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Comments: There's quite a bit of loose rock on every pitch of the route, so use extreme caution. Since the route isn't located directly above the Keyhole Route, the second could trundle loose rocks without fear of hitting anyone, as long as they're sure no one's heading up to do this or other nearby routes.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Route 166 (5.6)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Mar 26, 2012

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Comments: Climbed it on 3/26/2012 and no anchor bolts, which was fine except that the closest anchor involves a detached block (inches right of where the bolts used to be). Sure, this block is large, heavy, and wedged in place sort of like a chockstone, but it's still DETACHED and subject to movement, no matter how slim the chance...which is probably why the first ascentionist placed the 2 bolt anchor in the first place. I had a similar sized block that I was using as an anchor on Hallett shift on me abou... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Fall River Road (US 34 West... : McGregor Slab : Left Standard (5.3)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Sep 3, 2011

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Comments: It was definitely difficult to find the route, despite the fairly good description. We never found the bushy pine, but there were other prominent trees worth mentioning that might have helped us stay on track. I'm guessing we were on the 5.5 variation, because we did end up in the left-angling crack (assuming it was the same one). It was all good climbing regardless, on excellent rock, though steeper than we were expecting for what we thought would be 5.3. It felt a lot like Magical Chrome Plate... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Hayden Spires : Standard Route of Hayden Sp... (3rd)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Aug 15, 2011

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Comments: My wife and I just returned from a 4 day backpacking trip in the Park which was to include an ascent of Hayden Spire. After reading Rick's comment about the supposed 3rd class route, I figured he'd either gotten off route, or perhaps it was mostly 3rd class but with a short section of 5.0 or something along those lines. We had originally planned on doing the 5.2 route from Lonesome Lake, but for a variety of reasons we ultimately decided on the "3rd class" route figuring it would be more of a su... more >>


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head : East Ridge (5.6) : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Feb 17, 2009

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Comments: Nice photo Lynn! Looks like a great climb. I still can't believe the last time I saw Tobin he was knee-high to a grasshopper.


Location: MT : Stone Hill : Holds Up Bluff North
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 8, 2008

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Comments: Hey Sara,

If you happen to see this and have a chance, could you take the "s" off of "Holds" and stick it on the end of "Bluff"? Thanks:)


Location: UT : Moab Area : Island In The Sky : Zeus : Northeast Ridge (5.7 A0)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 8, 2008

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Comments: Are the bolt holes in good shape and useable enough for removable bolts like those made by Climb Tech?


Location: International : South America : Bolivia
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 7, 2008

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Comments: I was just about to buy my ticket to Bolivia for a month-long climbing trip until I read this post. Now that I know that there's just one small crag there, man am I glad I didn't waste all that money! At least I know that if I ever do go, I'll find it downhill somewhere on the right.


Location: International : South America : Peru : Huaraz
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 7, 2008

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Comments: Huaraz is the climbing capitol of Peru and a super cool town nestled at the base of some of the most spectacular mountains in the world. From the above description I'd think it was a lame bouldering area full of ornery cows. Also, when I think of picturesque, hell isn't the first place that comes to mind.


Location: International : South America : Peru
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 7, 2008

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Comments: Lots of people have discovered Peru's climbing... and how about something a little more informative, like an overview of the types of climbing found there and a brief list of some of the classic destinations, at least. This is the home page of an entire country - it's worth more than a single sentence.


Location: MT : Stone Hill
By: Kurt Johnson When: Apr 5, 2008

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Comments: Braxton, not a bad description of Montana's weather, but where's the description of Stone Hill?


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Glacier Gorge : The Trough (Mod. Snow) : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Mar 27, 2008

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Comments: I think it's more like 5 1/2 or 6 to the base, and less than a 3 hour walk which doesn't make it too bad of an approach. Not for such an amazing location anyway.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Jug Dome aka Anne's Rock
By: Kurt Johnson When: Nov 27, 2007

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Comments: Jim,

Obviously I haven't read this in a while so I'm a little late in responding, but that's amazing that you climbed with those guys who put up the register. I figured they were lost to history, so to speak. Do you know anything about what route they took on their first ascent? I should probably be emailing you personally, but I thought it would be of interest to the climbing community to keep this on the website.

Kurt


Location: WI : Gibralter
By: Kurt Johnson When: Nov 24, 2007

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Comments: Over 20 years ago, when I was a Boy Scout, our troop would stay at a house near the base (owned by the Scoutmaster's parents?) which had a perfect view of the main face. One winter morning 4 or 5 of us hiked over to it and scrambled up what seemed like the center of the cliff, scaling fairly steep sections of verglased rock, just barely hanging on. Miraculously, not one of us slipped, either because of sheer luck, or because it wasn't nearly as steep as it felt to a bunch of non-climbers - or bo... more >>


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Odessa Gorge : Flattop Mountain - N side : East Couloir (WI2)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Sep 23, 2007

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Comments: After reading the route conditions and ratings of the previous posts, I'm surprised at how mellow and easy it was when Nancy and I did it this past August. The snow was really soft the whole way and the steepness for the most part was low-angle until the top where I'd considerate it moderate (I'm not very good at estimating the angle, so I'll leave it at that). Perhaps all that snow we got last winter changed the nature of the route. I'm sure it's the reason for the fact that the alpine ice was ... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Sep 22, 2007

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Comments: Dave,

Where on earth is this? It looks like Blogett Canyon in Montana. Is this really in the Park? The only thing I can think of would be the Ptarmigan Towers.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Odessa Gorge : Flattop Mountain - N side : The Hourglass (WI3)
By: Kurt Johnson When: Sep 16, 2007

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Comments: I climbed The Hourglass on a whim after climbing Tyndall Gully on 7-21-2007. After summiting Hallett, I decided to downclimb Ptarmigan Glacier and head back on the Fern/Odessa trail. A little ways below the glacier I looked up and saw this enticing couloir overhead. The day that I climbed it, the snow was soft and I would've classified it as a steep snow climb (moderate at the bottom, steep at the top). I topped out and headed down the Flattop trail instead. I thought about downclimbing the East... more >>


Location: Avery N : Stuff For Sale : Photo
By: Kurt Johnson When: Aug 29, 2007

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Comments: Are they made in China? Just kidding...


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Jug Dome aka Anne's Rock
By: Kurt Johnson When: Jul 29, 2007

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Comments: Bernard,

When I first saw the register 7 years ago, I thought about taking pictures of it and finding a better container to put it in, one that didn't leak, but then I moved away for a while and didn't get around to going back up there until today. I didn't even know if it would still be there, but to my surprise it was (although the paper's a bit more rust-stained from the old tennis ball can, I presume), along with a new jar and a note asking people to leave it for others to enjoy as it has h... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Jug Dome aka Anne's Rock
By: Kurt Johnson When: Jul 29, 2007

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Comments: I first climbed here in 2000 and on top was surprised to find an old metal tennis ball can with a cracked plastic lid containing the summit register first signed by a large party in 1959. The name they gave it was Anne's Rock, and they didn't specify which route they followed, other than calling it the "Southeast Face". The second party signed it less than three months later, and it wasn't signed again until Layton Kor and Rob Wheeler's 1970 ascent. It's curious that such an obscure rock that ca... more >>


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