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Mark Ferguson on skinwalker.  Photo by Bob Rotert.

Mark Ferguson on skinwalker. Photo by Bob Rotert.

UT : Moab Area : ... : Skinwalker (5.11c)

Oct 16, 2008

Contributed Comments

 

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 20, 2014

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Comments: With all due respect to the many talented individuals who put much time, money and effort into establishing these climbs, this place is a choss pile. I did a number of "4 star" routes the other day. Four stars is the highest rating on this site, reserved for such South Platte Classics as Wunch's Dihedral, Whimsical Dreams, and Mississippi Half Step. The rock here is no where near the quality of these routes and most other South Platte climbing areas. It's a one visit wonder... (if that).


Location: UT : Moab Area : Mill Creek : The Sunny Side : Pissing On His Grave (5.11+ R)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Dec 24, 2012

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Comments: Joel, good point and I agree. I just had to to make a comment here, whether it involved Garcia or any other talented musician. I just thought the naming was disrespectful. After all, its just a climbing route, no harm done..... Good work to the FA's.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Mill Creek : The Sunny Side : Pissing On His Grave (5.11+ R)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Oct 15, 2011

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Comments: The names assigned to this route and it's neighbor are tasteless and tactless. It does not matter who it is that died, let alone one of the most influential musicians in history (think of the work outside the grateful dead in particular). It is just plain disrespectful to do such things. Climbers of the caliber that established these routes should display more character than this. Disappointing.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Deep Lake Area : Haystack Mountain : Labor Day (5.10d PG13)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Sep 6, 2011

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Comments: This route is stellar. Do expect some run-outs, some lichen and some tricky pro. That aside, its a must do. Not a climb for the fledgling 5.10 climber.


Location: OR : Trout Creek
By: Mark Ferguson When: Apr 18, 2010

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Comments: The PDF guidebook will not load from this link. I keep getting an error. Can someone send me a copy of the PDF if you have it? ferg@crestoneimages.com - Much appreciated.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Chiefshead Northeast Face : Cowboys and Indians (5.11c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Nov 4, 2009

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Comments: I was up there the same day as Bill and John and we went a different way on p7 than they did. It seems we did what Eric W. did on the first ascent. From the Risky Business ledge, we went up and left to the "hidden crack". The climbing was good, well protected and no harder than 9/10-. This route is amazing. I concur Bill, very strange that 3 parties climbed it within a few days and 2 parties chose the same day.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Tonnere Tower : The Garden : Smooth Operator (5.11+)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Sep 30, 2009

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Comments: Bob/Ron, The 11+ rating on this must be a mistake. Not in anyone's wildest dreams would this route be 11+. I think 11- is a stretch even by Boulder Canyon standards. It is a decent route, but 10+ is a more honest rating. Consider other 11+'s in the Boulder area: Englishman's Home, La Boomerang, The Contest (I could list many others). Compared to these routes, this one is a walk in the park.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : Airhead (5.11d)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Aug 10, 2009

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Comments: Although short and not a lot of climbing for such a long walk, this route is awesome. The crux pitch is one of the best pitches I have done in RMNP.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Bowling Alley : Main Crag : Bloodstone (5.11)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Apr 7, 2009

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Comments: Although short, this climb packs a punch and the pro is difficult to place and at times uninspiring. I think it checks in at about 11c, and it is worth lugging a rack up for it.


Location: CO : Golden : The Quarry Wall : Silver Bullet (5.11+)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Feb 7, 2009

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Comments: The opening move protects very well with a yellow C3 Camalot. Great pitch and 12- for sure.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Potash Road : Wall Street South : Skinwalker (5.11c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Oct 16, 2008

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Comments: One of the best cracks in the Moab area.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Isn't Life Strange (5.11c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jun 2, 2008

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Comments: Thanks Bob D, Vaino and Greg. This route is awesome, one of the best at Animal World. 11c, maybe d, I will go with 11+. It still has a bit of lichen on the upper section but will clean up quickly.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : The Clock Tower : ... : Butt Luscious (5.12a/b)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 27, 2008

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Comments: NON - since when is 11+/12- moderate climbing? We must all not be the "advanced climber" that you are. Based on the attitude here, I would say you are climbing for the wrong reasons. Cutting edge grade range? Looks like you are the one with the ego here. If you are such a cutting edge grade chaser then why are you making a post on a route at the Sport Park? Attitudes like yours are what I despise about many Boulder area climbers who think that they are just so cool. It is people like you that ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Cujo Tranquilizer (5.12a)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 22, 2008

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Comments: A Boulder Canyon route that actually feels hard for the grade. I think the crux start is very difficult and hard for the onsight. Great climb, one of the best 12-s in B Canyon.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookend : Strawberry Short Cake (5.10)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 20, 2008

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Comments: Anyway you want to put it, this route is a sandbag. Compare it to any 10c in Eldo, Yosemite or wherever you want, and it is just plain harder. 11- in my opinion. And Jason, just so you know, Bob Rotert was putting up hard, bold trad lines and pushing the limits of climbing since probably before you were even born (or at least in diapers), so have a little respect.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Animal World : Threshold Of A Dream (5.11d)
By: Mark Ferguson When: May 10, 2008

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Comments: Thanks Bob for bolting this. It is a decent route, and after doing it a second time I like it even more. I placed 2 Xs with chalk on the flake up high. Please be VERY careful with this flake and use it for nothing more than a low finger lock. From this lock, you can bust out right to good face holds. If this thing goes, it could make it to the road.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Washington Column : Astroman (5.11c)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Aug 26, 2007

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Comments: can someone comment further on the nature of the runout final pitch?Its not the harding slot that scares me, its this one!


Location: CO : Empire : Ra : Miner's Delight (5.11b)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Aug 6, 2007

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Comments: As good as it gets. Amazing route. The raps are easy and faster than walking off.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Tonnere Tower
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jul 25, 2007

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Comments: The issue is not the cleaning, I think Paul Heyliger's comments sum it up very well and put this issue to bed. The issue here in my opinion is the bolting of cracks and over bolting. I climbed here yesterday and the climbing is awesome. However, bolting cracks and over bolting are bad practices. When you have a bolt at your feet, a bolt at your waist and are in arms reach of the next bolt something is not right. To the individuals putting up routes here - PLEASE stop spraying bolts on gear ... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Tonnere Tower : Sport Land : Tag Team (5.10d)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jul 24, 2007

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Comments: Lets do a reality check here - 11b/c? Come on. It is a great route, do not get me wrong. Thanks to Bruno and Ron for putting this up. Maybe it was harder when it was put up due to lichen and loose rock. 10 for the first overhang and 10+ for the one move second overhang.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Spearhead : All Two Obvious (5.11d R)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jun 18, 2007

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Comments: 12a in my opinion. I tried moving staight up from the second bolt at the crux and it was very difficult. After taking a 15 footer, I headed right from the second bolt which felt a bit easier. Great route.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Glacier Gorge : Arrowhead : Arrowplane (5.11a)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jul 25, 2005

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Comments: It is obvious what the "[Estes] boys" are trying to do here. And I am sure that all of you are from Estes, grew up in Estes, and have a "Native" sticker on your car.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side : Rhett Wench (5.11c/d)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Jul 21, 2005

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Comments: Great route. Darren, Nice work putting this climb up. The 2 roofs are really great. Regarding the face sequence that you say is the 11+ crux, I found that if you climb just right of the bolt it feels a bit easier. I tried to climb straight above the bolt in 90+ degree weather and greased of the micro holds. I then went a foot or 2 right and found better holds. Anyways, nice work.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Emerald Lake / Tyndall Gorg... : Flattop Mountain - S side : Dragon's Tail Couloir (WI2 M2)
By: Mark Ferguson When: Nov 14, 2004

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Comments: This route is much better as a ski descent.


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