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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : East Blob : ... : The Young and the Rackless (5.9)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 15, 2014

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Comments: We watched a bunch of big (i.e. fatal) rocks rumble down the gully between Blob and Bitty today. Turns out a party was rapping the route to the right of TYTR, and the first person down was standing on a tabletop-sized flake to untangle the rope when it collapsed out from under him. Nobody injured (except their packs and clothes), but maybe keep an extra keen eye for looseness if climbing up there.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Tenmile Range : Tenmile Traverse (4th)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Sep 14, 2014

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Comments: If you do a car shuttle and leave a car at the Peak 9 retaurant, plan for about a two hour round trip from the Frisco parking lot to set things up.
It is also fairly easy to get lost, especially at night. Google Earth is your friend. You are looking for Co Rd 751, which seems to begin from the back of the parking lot at Peak 9 base.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : Little Blob : Take Five (5.12a)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Nov 18, 2013

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Comments: You wouldn't want to fall clipping the third bolt, but I didn't have any problems falling between bolts 2 and 3!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : Little Blob : Lost and Found (5.12a/b)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Nov 18, 2013

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Comments: Spoiler alert-

It's helpful to clip the 6th draw (on the left face of the little corner) with just a biner, instead of a quickdraw.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Wall of Voodoo
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 31, 2013

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Comments: Visited this crag for the first time today and came in from above. The gully is filled with loose rock, possibly worse than it has been in the past due to last month's flood. If you approach directly up the gully, please be mindful of the road immediately below.


Location: CO : Golden : Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne : Raven's Brew (5.11d)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 22, 2013

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Comments: Do yourself a favor and tape your right hand at the base of your little finger.
Pretty fun route.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Indirect Savant (5.12c)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments: This is the leftmost of the 2 Savant routes. It starts in a narrow black streak and for me is more like 12c than 11c. Maybe you could skip the crimps with a super long reach?
After climbing above the roof at the 4th clip, you will eventually rejoin Idiot Savant just before its penultimate bolt. A fall prior to clipping this bolt would probably be memorable.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Idiot Savant (5.12a)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments: This has 6 bolts now.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Dock Rock : Impish (5.5)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 15, 2013

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Comments: I only saw two sets of anchors on the summit ridge today (10/14/13).
When you first arrive on the ridge there are two drilled angles and a new bolt set up with a rapid link and a ring providing a single rappel to the ground. We used a 70 meter rope and had some rope to spare.
There is a double bolt anchor partway down the face that could be used if you are climbing with a 30 meter rope for some bizarre reason.
Farther along the ridge there are two bolts placed near each other at the point wher... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Capitalist Crag : Upper Capitalist Crag : Free Enterprise (5.12a)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Sep 16, 2013

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Comments: The slab at the third bolt has cleaned up a little, and I wouldn't call it crumbly any more.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : River Wall : Adventure Kayak Trundle (5.12a)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 4, 2012

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Comments: A decent route but an awkward, thrutchy crux. However, the upper section flows nicely. I didn't notice anything crumbly. Not in my top 10, with all due respect.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Sleeping Beauty : Main Wall : Wings of Desire (5.11b)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Oct 1, 2012

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Comments: Words of advice - a single 70 meter rope will NOT get you back to the ground.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : River Wall : Up A Creek (5.11c)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Sep 22, 2012

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Comments: Really not too bad a route. Could use a little moss removal if someone happens to comes by with a brush.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Mine Hole Crag : Ruff Roof (5.11d)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jul 20, 2012

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Comments: Spoiler alert sort of-






Tape the second joint (DIP) of your right index finger and it'll be more fun.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Twilight Zone : Shadow Play (5.11c)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jul 12, 2012

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Comments: There is a loose block (maybe mailbox-sized) at the first roof, so you may want to have your gear and belayer out of the line of fire. The hold is avoidable and marked with an X. It would be a public service if somebody feels like prying it off.

Otherwise a good climb, interesting moves, and generally solid.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Vampire Rock : Wanker (5.12a/b)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jul 7, 2012

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Comments: If you are shorter than the climber in the video, you may find the crux a little more complicated. Have fun!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Avalon : Second Tier : ... : The Magician (5.9)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jun 21, 2012

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Comments: Might be fun if you like dirt, lichen, loose rock and death flakes. There isn't likely to be a wait.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Garden Party Wall
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: The sport routes are still pretty fresh, so expect lichen and friable rock. As mentioned above, they may clean up with a lot more ascents. Once you've done all the routes at Sherwood and Witches Tower, head up here.
I also wonder if the grades are reversed? I found the far right route harder than the 12a, but maybe it was just me.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Garden Party Wall : The Illusionist (5.12-)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: OK, but far from the best at Sherwood, IMHO.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Witches' Tower : War is Love (5.11b/c)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Apr 24, 2012

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Comments: I thought the sequence was fun and devious. Lichen didn't bother me.
This wall is a good addition to the canyon with crimpy, sharp, powerful moves.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Boulder Quartz System (5.12a)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Apr 17, 2012

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Comments: I managed two unlikely tasks- somehow climbing past the crux bolt, mandating a sketchy reach down and left to clip, and then getting the rope stuck when I pulled it down! Neither recommended.
Nevertheless a fascinating geological feature, a must climb for that reason alone.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Lower Dream Canyon : Plotinus Wall : ... : Tooth and Nail (5.11a/b)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Apr 17, 2012

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Comments: Still pretty scruffy. Not a bad climb. The 'nail' is kind of cool.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Stepping Stones : Pinche Guey (5.12-)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Mar 23, 2012

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Comments: Hmm, I remembered to use a kneebar, but used my left...which worked fine. Sometimes too little knowledge is a good thing. Felt more like 12a with the kneebar, but I don't want to be one of those downrating guys.
Regardless, quite fun and worthwhile.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Trout Rock : Greenback (5.10c)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jul 1, 2011

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Comments: I'm with Chris, if you miss the second clip you could hit the ledge. Short folks might be happier to pre-hang the draw on the second bolt.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Witches' Tower : No Direction Home (5.11)
By: Mark E Dixon When: Jun 14, 2011

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Comments: I agree, really fun. An optimistic attitude will be rewarded. Might be a little height dependent.
There's a lowering anchor one more bolt past the crux roof, which I unwittingly used, so can't comment on the upper part.