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Member Since: Mar 2, 2010
Last Visit: Jan 27, 2013
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Location: CA : SF Bay Area : Mount Diablo State Park : Pine Canyon : Miller Pillar : ... : Photo
By: Kurt Swanson When: Apr 9, 2012

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Comments: Looks more like the left cheek to me.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Flash Point Area : Euro-Nation (5.11c)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Apr 3, 2012

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Comments: 10c if you use the tree to get up.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Indian Cove : Indian Cove Campground : Campfire Crag : ... : I Love my Marine (5.5)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 22, 2012

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Comments: "This is not a sport route"

My realization trying to clip the final bolt 20 feet above an old piton.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Left Flank : Face Up To That Crack (5.8-)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 14, 2012

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Comments: Putting a cam in here was more of a chore than anything, the climbing at the crack is easy even if you don't want to hand jam.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Left Flank : Brother Stair (5.9+)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 14, 2012

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Comments: Don't fall clipping ... this rock is rough and sharp. I also thought the bolts were a little far from the 5.9 climbing on the arete. Wasn't a big fan.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face : Double Cross (5.7+)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 1, 2012

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Comments: The late John Bachar gives an account of free soloing Double Cross with John Long, his first free solo climb (a few minutes into the interview):

www.archive.org/details/completebachar


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Schultz's Ridge : The Moratorium (5.11b)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 1, 2012

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Comments: The late great John Bachar gives his account of on-sight free soloing the Moratorium (about 25 minutes in):

www.archive.org/details/completebachar


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : Le Eaglet (5.7)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Feb 27, 2012

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Comments: As of 5/20/2012 the right anchor up top is not secure, the bolt can be pulled out by hand. Needs to be replaced.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Cut Your Teeth Crag : September Knights (5.9)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Feb 10, 2012

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Comments: Avoiding pulling on the fragile flakes made this a 5.9. There is a big flake about halfway up the size of a kitchen counter that felt really hollow. The sketchiness of this flake kinda ruined it for me.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Luther Spires : Just Jerry (5.9)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 17, 2012

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Comments: Fun little warmup, but I felt like the crux move had good feet, maybe a little reachy for the short people. Mussyhooks at the top.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : There Goes the Hood (5.7)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 15, 2012

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Comments: Nice warmup climb, might benefit from cutting the trees and cleaning the dirt and shrubs out of the cracks.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : d. Machismo Sector : Witness (5.10b)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 15, 2012

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Comments: BETA SPOILERS: Reachy crux to find a hidden bore hole jug above the first mini-roof. Thin moves above the second mini-roof to clip the last draw before moving up to the anchors. Airy feel, one of the more exposed routes at Safe Harbor.


Location: CA : Tahoe Vicinity : Bowman Valley
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 14, 2012

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Comments: some info about routes at Larry Land can be gleaned here:

www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1543346

Having been there myself, I have just two pieces of beta to offer: easy stuff, go to the funhouse, hard stuff go to Larry Land.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : Adopted Son (5.9)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 8, 2012

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Comments: Thin climbing, a little heady getting to the anchors, a 4th bolt might calm the nerves, but it was chopped and never replaced. Easy climbing above the third bolt, despite the runout.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Pendergrass-Murray Recreati... : The Gallery : Murano (5.10c)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Nov 29, 2011

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Comments: Over Thanksgiving weekend I noticed that the 4th or 5th bolt (not visible from the ground) has been pulled about 3/4 of an inch out of the wall, and the hanger is loose. Might hold a fall, might not...just watch out. This bolt is below what I considered the crux move.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Kraft Boulders : The Cube : Perfect Poser (V2 R)
By: Kurt Swanson When: Feb 2, 2011

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Comments: Saw this being top roped on my last trip out to the Kraft Boulders. Looks like someone was nice enough to set up permanent gear on top. Still requires a pretty high free climb on the V0 side to set up, however. Use an attentive spotter while setting it up.


Location: NJ : mills reservation
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jan 4, 2011

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Comments: I have confirmed the location in person, it is in indeed here:

426 Highland Avenue, Montclair, NJ

Protecting the wall looks like it would be difficult. Closest suitable trees seem to be about 25 feet from the top. How are the Montclair students protecting this wall?


Location: NJ : mills reservation
By: Kurt Swanson When: Nov 9, 2010

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Comments: Never been there. Is this the place?

426 Highland Avenue, Montclair, NJ

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=426+Hig>>>


Location: NV : Red Rock : Photo
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jun 25, 2010

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Comments: memories...living in Vegas wasn't the greatest, but it sure was a beautiful place.


Location: International : Asia : Thailand : Laem Phra Nang (Railey and ... : Phra Nang Beach : ... : Photo
By: Kurt Swanson When: Jun 18, 2010

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Comments: Wow-I just found my latest wallpaper.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Photo
By: Kurt Swanson When: Apr 25, 2010

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Comments: Great composition with reds, cobalt blue skies, and unusually lush looking greenery.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Regular Northwest Face of H... (5.12a/b) : Photo
By: Kurt Swanson When: Mar 30, 2010

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Comments: One of the best diving board photos I've seen. Truly "fwd" worthy.