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Location: NY : Adirondacks : Indian Lake Region : Crane Mountain : Height Of Land Walls : Stairway To Heaven (5.7)
By: losbill When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Did the first two pitches of STH and then linked to Fireworks via a short Class 3/4 scramble. Fun and varied climbing.


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill : Fisherman's Wall : The Wizard (5.11+ PG13)
By: losbill When: Aug 24, 2015

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Comments: Thanks for the route addition and history. I was telling Al Rubin about the route this weekend during a general Crow Hill discussion. He was surprised he had never heard of it. I couldn't remember the name or details. Now I can point him here. Not that either of us are ever likely to do it!


Location: Eastern States : New bolts at Crow Hill : Photo
By: losbill When: Aug 13, 2015

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Comments: I think they are trying to bolt Dune. However where some of the bolts are placed don't seem to coincide with the route as I remember it from watching Zeb Enberg do it several years ago from the ground up with gear. He was belayed by his Dad who also had led it, albeit a number of years before, ground up on gear.

Get out and get your runs on Diagonal, CroMag, Jane, Tarzan, Watusi, Birds of Prey, Intertwine, Thin Line, etc. now before you have to do them while staring at bright and shiny hardwa... more >>


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill
By: losbill When: Jul 28, 2015

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Comments: Hey Arthur,

Yeah, the approach would be a bitch in a wheelchair. Let me know when you would like to get out. We will get your ass up there and on to a couple of climbs.

Bill


Location: NH : *Rumney : The Meadows : No Money Down (Left) : Student Loan (5.11b)
By: losbill When: Jul 13, 2015

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Comments: Have a good belayer.


Location: NH : *Cannon Cliff : 4. Moby Grape Area : Moby Grape (5.8) : Photo
By: losbill When: Jul 8, 2015

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Comments: Kurt's Corner delineation in this photo seems to be seriously in error. Looks like a Kurt's Corner eliminate variation.


Location: NH : *Cannon Cliff : 4. Moby Grape Area : Moby Grape (5.8) : Photo
By: losbill When: Jul 8, 2015

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Comments: Have done both. Not sure going to the left is any easier.


Location: NH : *Cannon Cliff : 4. Moby Grape Area : Moby Grape (5.8) : Photo
By: losbill When: Jul 8, 2015

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Comments: Nice photo. Very accurate delineation of route.


Location: NH : WM: Kancamagus (Central) : Greens Cliff : The Northeastern Crags : Thin Slice (5.10) : Photo
By: losbill When: Jun 30, 2015

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Comments: Looking good Amy!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6) : Photo
By: losbill When: Jun 6, 2015

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Comments: Gud on her for finishing. Hope she smacked her leader up aside the head when she got up.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Bird Cage (5.10b)
By: losbill When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: Okay Seth, I'm confused.

...and the roof is harder than that: 5.9+.

Are you applying North Conway route grading and implying the roof is harder than 5.10b? Or am I misinterpreting your comment and you are grading the roof as a Gunks 5.9+? I assume the latter but always keep an open mind. I only question it since you are usually very precise and correct in your sentence structure. You haven't had a glass or two of wine before posting by chance?

Champagne Bill


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Maria (5.6)
By: losbill When: May 11, 2015

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Comments: Dan congrats on a good job at getting one of the best, albeit short, 5.6 roof pitches in the Gunks done in good style! But "C'mon man!" let's tone down all the beta spray. Life is an adventure or nothing at all. Let others experience the joy of figuring it out for themselves!


Location: NV : Red Rock : Photo
By: losbill When: May 1, 2015

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Comments: What a beautiful shot!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : City Lights (5.8-)
By: losbill When: Apr 22, 2015

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Comments: Peter lol at your comment. Just a week ago Sunday I once again thoroughly embarrassed myself at the pod and had to finally aid through it. In retrospect I think I may now have a way to get through it. Of course I have said that half a dozen times in the past and proved myself wrong!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : f. The Guides' Wall (Madame... : Friends and Lovers (5.9 PG13) : Photo
By: losbill When: Apr 16, 2015

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Comments: Denis great shot, as usual! Led it several years ago. I was trying to remember exactly where I took the whip back then as I was belaying my partner on Snooky's on Sunday. Now I remember! Need to get back on it and get it clean.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Dis-Mantel (5.10) : Photo
By: losbill When: Apr 14, 2015

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Comments: Nice shot.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Photo
By: losbill When: Mar 30, 2015

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Comments: Beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill
By: losbill When: Jan 4, 2015

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Comments: The rockfall reported by JD earlier involved the first bit of Birds Of Fire. Neither Watusi nor The Chimney were affected by the fall. The rock that fell was pretty large and made up the roof of the cave-like feature at the start of Birds Of Fire and the rock face that made up the left side of the crack above it. The essential nature of the climb is not greatly changed. In fact, the elimination of the awkward cave start makes, at least in my opinion, a more aesthetic start and can be nicely prot... more >>


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill : Main Face : Blue Angel (5.8 PG13)
By: losbill When: Dec 3, 2014

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Comments: JD,

Not sure, but I think you are missing a major point in how Mountain Project functions.

What "gets me" is that MtnProject has been trying to help this situation by providing a means to develop a CONSENSUS GRADE, giving everyone a chance to "put in their two cents" on the rating; yet something like 55 people "ticked" this climb, but well less than a dozen rated it. Amazingly, even two folk who took the time to write a full comment about the grade don't appear to have put in a r... more >>


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill : Main Face : Blue Angel (5.8 PG13)
By: losbill When: Nov 17, 2014

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Comments: Good lead. Protects well with a keyhole nut placement at the crux. It oes require an experienced leader comfortable with finding stances and hanging in to suss out the gear on steep 5.9 terrain.

The overhang at the top is great fun whether you do it from the left using the horizontal crack or straight up through the overhang at the short vertical crack. Either way is well protected with abundant pro opportunities. Top out mantle move is a bit of challenge but you have a solid big cam at you... more >>


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill : Practice Face (right end) : Sidewinder (5.7)
By: losbill When: Oct 31, 2014

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Comments: Regarding consensus grade, I'm guilty as charged. I think if I see that the grade is what I thought it was I don't enter a grade rating.


Location: MA : Leominster Area : Crow Hill : Fisherman's Wall : Tarzan (5.8+)
By: losbill When: Oct 30, 2014

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Comments: Robert, thanks for the historical perspective. Great stuff. Tarzan is a great climb. In addition, no matter how many times you have been up, it is always a very challenging lead.

Regarding "thought to be comparable" with reference to Han's Puss, Ken's Crack, and High E, I have led all three several times, and IMHO Tarzan is a grade and half harder than those climbs. I think it is a very solid 5.8 if not 5.8+. Perhaps not as hard as Bonnie's Roof or Double Crack but closer to them in grade ... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : d. Strictly - Shockley's : Shockley's Ceiling (5.6)
By: losbill When: Sep 24, 2014

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Comments: link the Oscar corner to Strictley roof, and then continue on to Shockley's 3rd Pitch

Just don't do it on a busy day since you will really tick off people coming up Strictley's and Shockley's. Besides it isn't all that good. Oscar's corner is just so-so and the second pitch is a long boring traverse over to Shockley's roof.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Indian Lake Region : Crane Mountain : TeePee Wall : A Peney for your freedom (5.8+)
By: losbill When: Sep 16, 2014

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Comments: Climbed A Peney For Your Freedom on Sunday with Todd. It is an excellent route. Although a bit short there are three distinct challenging sequences on it to keep you thinking. Mom Peney the flag we flew from the top of the climb will proudly fly at my house here in Massachusetts. It will be a daily reminder to family, friends and neighbors of your son's sacrifice for our freedom.


Location: MA : Mormon Hollow
By: losbill When: Aug 10, 2014

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Comments: When parking at the T-intersection, be sure not to block the entrance to the two fields on either side of Davis Road. If I had been the farmer yesterday, I would have thrown a chain around the axle of the offending vehicle and "moved" it with the tractor to a more "convenient" location. Fortunately the farmer is a bit more laid back than me.


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