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Photo Caption Location Date
Found this little bit of history on the lower part...

Found this little bit of history on the lower part of the route. The aluminum hanger looks just as flimsy in real life as it does in the picture.

CO : Flatirons : ... : East Face Left (5.5)

Sep 6, 2014

Gipfelkreuz (summit cross) on the Hoher Göll.

Gipfelkreuz (summit cross) on the Hoher Göll.

Europe : Germany : ... : Göllstock traverse (Easy 5th Easy Snow)

Apr 9, 2014

Flowering barrel cactus, HVCG

Flowering barrel cactus, HVCG

CA : Joshua Tree National Park

Apr 6, 2014

Reproduction of a border marker from the 1818 surv...

Reproduction of a border marker from the 1818 survey. "B" stands for "Bayern" (Bavaria),Œ stands for "Österreich" (Austria). The Berchtesgaden area was part of Austria un

Europe : Germany : ... : Göllstock traverse (Easy 5th Easy Snow)

Mar 5, 2014

Contributed Comments

 

Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower : Crimson Chrysalis (5.8+)
By: mark felber When: Nov 23, 2014

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Comments: Did this yesterday, and loved it. A 70 meter rope will let you do this in 5 pitches (we did it in 6), and with care and good rope handling skills a single 70 will get you down. Hiking in from the Scenic Loop exit can get you to the climb ahead of the crowds, or most of the crowds. It's hard to think of a route this long, steep and clean at the 5.8 level.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : Free for All (5.6)
By: mark felber When: Sep 3, 2014

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Comments: The downclimb from this rock was distinctly more exciting than the climb.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : South : Seal Rock
By: mark felber When: Aug 16, 2014

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Comments: Regarding the descent route: there is a rap anchor at the west/southwest end of the summit area, reached by downclimbing from the true summit and walking cross. The downclimbing is at least as challenging as anything on the East Face/North Side route. As of today, the anchor consisted of a good-sized length of what looked like 11 mm rope slung around a huge boulder (4 wraps), and two locking carabiners to put the rap line through. A pair of 60 meter ropes would definitely get you down in one sho... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : Sooberb Lite (5.8)
By: mark felber When: May 9, 2014

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Comments: I found a #3 Camalot good to have on this route, in spite of what the description says. I think I used a #4 as well.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : Anthill Direct (5.9 R)
By: mark felber When: Apr 25, 2014

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Comments: As a few people have said, P3 & P4 go together very nicely. The Touch 'n' Go start is a great way to start the climb. Not having tried the original start, I don't know which is better, so I will go back and do the original start before I pass judgment.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Snake Dike (5.7 R) : Photo
By: mark felber When: Apr 20, 2014

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Comments: Excellent shot. The draws hanging from your harness are a little bit of a giveaway, though.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : Lower East Face : ... : Photo
By: mark felber When: Feb 27, 2014

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Comments: At first glance, the colors looked to me like a watercolor- very nice shot.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks
By: mark felber When: Oct 23, 2013

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Comments: We tried to get into Turkey Rocks today, FR 51 was signposted as a 4WD road or OHV route. The first part was manageable in my Civic , but we reached a downhill stretch that appeared to have been badly damaged by the rains last month. I think I could have gotten the Civic down there, but no way would we have made it back up. We opted to spend the day at Sheep's Nose, had a great time climbing Lost In Space, and we will try Turkey Rocks when we have 4WD or the road has seen some maintenance. Rig... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Daff Dome, Main Area : Blown Away (5.9 PG13)
By: mark felber When: Jul 31, 2013

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Comments: My partner led P3 and called it 5.8, which I thought was about right. I led the P4 dihedral and thought it was 5.8. If the second is insecure on the P3 traverse you can always sacrifice a sling and carabiner at the last bolt to prevent a nasty swing.

This is an excellent route, combining the best part of West Crack with some fun Tuolumne knobs. The dihedral is good, too.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Tuolumne Meadows : Mariuolumne Dome : Main Wall : Hobbit Book (5.7)
By: mark felber When: Jul 31, 2013

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Comments: I suppose one could sling a few plates on the third pitch, but it really didn't look to me like the slings would stay put unless you fell from exactly the right point. At any rate, the holds on this pitch are very, very positive, and the 5.7 rating is rather inflated, just like Colonel Mustard said.

I would call this an excellent easy adventure climb for anyone wanting a taste of that sort of thing. The approach is just long and involved enough to take this climb out of the "roadside crag" cate... more >>


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Lincoln Creek : Sunset Cliff : Sunset Crack (5.8)
By: mark felber When: Jul 5, 2013

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Comments: The chains at the top were a little off-putting- long studs sticking way out of the rock, a stack of washers below and above each chain, and the chains themselves looked like they came out of a hardware store rather than from a supplier of climbing or safety equipment. The whole setup had a distinctly home-made look to it, not very confidence inspiring. My partner and I found ourselves wondering how long the anchors would last before they corroded with moisture working its way in between all tho... more >>


Location: International : Europe : Germany : Bayern (Bavaria) : Oberbayern Alpine : ... : Göllstock traverse (Easy 5th Easy Snow)
By: mark felber When: Jun 21, 2013

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Comments: I was in Munich for a family reunion/wedding, and hopped a train down to Berchtesgaden to do this. A very scenic walk, and an excellent way to work off all that good Bavarian beer.

I would call this an excellent long dayhike with a few short stretches of 4th/easy 5th class sections protected by fixed steel cables. Just about everyone seems to use the cables as handrails, I didn't see any harnesses or via ferrata rigs being used.

Just about everyone goes in the opposite direction from the one ... more >>


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Braille Book (5.8)
By: mark felber When: May 13, 2013

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Comments: Regarding the location of the climb, the best place to park is NOT on South Side Drive in front of Middle Cathedral Rock. There are quite a few climber's trails here, most of them leading to various routes on Middle Cathedral Rock. Park on El Capitan Drive, the cross over from North Side Drive to South Side Drive. Walk down to the 3 way intersection of El Capitan Drive and South Side Drive, and there's a very obvious climber's trail at the west end of the intersection. This leads to what is prob... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Lone Pine Peak : North Ridge (5.4)
By: mark felber When: May 3, 2013

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Comments: I followed cairns and a faint user trail down to the SW gully from the true summit, no route finding issues. If you start straight down after finishing the 5th class stuff then things might be different.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : The Bulge (5.7 R)
By: mark felber When: Mar 7, 2013

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Comments: Pitches 1 & 2 go together very nicely with a 60m rope, and one can see the belayer on the ground from the top of pitch 2.

The direct finish is excellent, but it felt more like 5.8 than 5.9 to me.

My 4 star rating is for the direct finish, the original finish doesn't look quite as good.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Shelf Cirque : Shelf Cirque Traverse (Easy 5th)
By: mark felber When: Aug 23, 2012

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Comments: The rangers would prefer that you bivy in the Solitude Lake bivy area, not at Solitude Lake itself. The folks in the backcountry office were a little upset when they read the route description.

The Solitude Lake area is a great place to bivy, but I'm not sure how much you save by doing so. The trail up Shelf Creek has a good number of downed trees on it, and dragging bivy gear through that stretch is a bummer. Once the Bear Lake road construction is finished and the road closures stop, leaving ... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Shelf Cirque
By: mark felber When: Aug 23, 2012

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Comments: No sign for the trail up to Shelf Lake, but the trail is pretty obvious. There are quite a few downed trees on the trail once you start uphill. Since this is a user trail and not a trail maintained by NPS, I would expect the down trees to be a fact of life for a while.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head : East Ridge (5.6)
By: mark felber When: Sep 7, 2011

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Comments: I'm going to put in a vote for the Tiger Tower approach, especially if the grassy ledges are wet. Instead of the wide ugly chimney right at the corner where Pingora meets Tiger Tower, step climber's left to the not so wide chimney on the face of Tiger Tower. One loose stretch but otherwise very pleasant climbing up to about 5th class to get to the summit of Tiger Tower.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Higher Cathedral Rock : Braille Book (5.8)
By: mark felber When: Jul 14, 2011

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Comments: This climb gets my vote for the best 5.8 around. I did it for the first time in 1982, did it many times after that. The hike to the summit of Higher Cathedral Rock is well worth doing, the view of El Cap is spectacular. I've sometimes lowered down a bight of rope and hauled the pack up the OW section, then left it clipped to some gear while I finished the pitch, just to save the second having to carry the pack up that stretch.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : The Outback : Steve Canyon Area : Steve Canyon : ... : Deflowered (5.7)
By: mark felber When: Apr 8, 2011

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Comments: Definitely not 5.6, solid 5.7 and getting good pro can be a little tricky.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky : Dolphin (5.7)
By: mark felber When: Apr 8, 2011

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Comments: An excellent climb and a great place to learn OW technique. Walking the last cam (#5 Camelot) up as you go makes the last bit very safe. I only lost a little skin around my ankle, which is pretty good for a J-Tree offwidth.


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