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Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Point Dume : Arete (5.6)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jul 9, 2014

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Comments: If bolts continue to be drilled, we are all going to lose access to this site.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Pirate's Cove (aka The Beac...
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 28, 2014

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Comments: Don't even think about climbing here on weekends, anytime it's warm or between late Spring and early Fall. The crowds are insane. On the June weekday that I visited, I could not have begun any route without stepping off of a sun bathing tourist. Each of the caves was packed wall-to-wall with bodies.

Welcome to Orange County
Welcome to Orange County



Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Demon Dome : Number of the Beast (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 28, 2014

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Comments: At least one of the bolts in the photos appears to be a shiny, new Rawl. Can anyone comment on the quality of fixed gear on this route?


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 24, 2014

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Comments: To see more images from this sequence, please visit this Mountain Project gallery


Location: Matthew Fienup : Anna's Hummingbird : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 24, 2014

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Comments: This is my favorite image from the sequence!


Location: CA : San Bernardino Mountains : Castle Rock Area : Castle Rock : Castle Rock - Southwest Fac... : The Sphynx (5.6)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 23, 2014

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Comments: Stemming across the wide crack and then pulling on giant jugs through a small overhang make for an exhilarating finish to this route. Feels at least 5.7 with great exposure.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : The Rostrum
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: The Rostrum is currently closed until July 15 (or until further notice) for peregrine nesting.


Location: CA : Los Angeles Basin : Santa Monica Mountains : Mt. Olympus : Venus (5.10b) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 6, 2014

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Comments: Santa Barbara Island! Great shot.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : The Fortress : Central Gully : Objectivist Tendencies (5.4)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Fun historical note:
This is the route that Romain and I used to access the top of the formation that is home to Capitalism & Freedom and Natural Rate of Unemployment. Romain led during the first ascent. After reaching the top, Romain hollered down that I was on belay. Shouldering a heavy pack which contained a rotary hammer drill, bolts, wall hammer, etc., I followed the pitch. When I arrived at the top of what is the most exposed formation in all of the Fortress, Romain was belaying me off his... more >>


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Merlin Dome : Magic Flute (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: Can you comment on the fixed gear? Are they modern bolts?..Old-school scary-stuff? Thanks!


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : Skofield Park : ... : Chunks O' Flesh (V1)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 28, 2014

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Comments: Thanks Bob. I've updated the route name.


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : Dome Rock : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 27, 2014

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Comments:

PLEASE


DO NOT THROW ROCKS!
REALLY CUTE CLIMBERS BELOW.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: No, today!


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: Oh, man. What an awesome place. I can't remember the last time that I had such an enjoyable outing in Santa Barbara. Despite afternoon temps in the 80s, we found the area to be pleasantly shaded.

Our initial hike in took about an hour (I'm sure we could get that down to 45 minutes on our second attempt). We had a little difficulty knowing when to leave the dry creek bed to head up the side canyon that is home to Panic Town. Fortunately, there were cairns marking the way.

Leaving the dry creek bed.
Leaving the dry creek bed.



Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town : Wall 3 : I Wanna Be Your Pussy Cat (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: The excellent finger crack up high has already been commented on, but this route also boasts outstanding hands lower down.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town : Wall 3 : Putrid Rat (5.7)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: This is a thoroughly enjoyable long, moderate crack and a great introduction to Panic Town.

We rappelled this route with a 70m rope and the ends just touched the ground.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town : Wall 1 : Lovely Snowball (5.7+)
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 13, 2014

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Comments: This route was the stand-out during a thoroughly enjoyable half-day spent at Panic Town. The fist 2/3 of this route are simply incredible--the best and most interesting moderate crack climb that I have done this side of J-Tree or the Southern Sierra. Absolutely incredible.

Rather than climb through a tree near the top, we headed up and right, following a crack. This variation was very enjoyable and avoided the tree altogether.

The base of this wall is really nice--cool and shaded with open, f... more >>


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai
By: Matthew Fienup When: May 5, 2014

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Comments: It's been a rough few weeks gear-wise. If anyone found an Edelrid Mega-Jul belay device at Wheeler Gorge or a heavily used gold Omega Pacific Link-Cam at Sespe (roughly level with the P1 belay station of Ending Crack) and wished to return it, I would generously reward the effort.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattl... : Sword In The Stone (5.10a) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 28, 2014

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Comments: I wonder if somebody didn't remove and patch it. I've spent a bit of time on this wall and haven't yet noticed a hangerless 1/2-incher.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattl... : Sword In The Stone (5.10a) : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 28, 2014

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Comments: I did find a hangerless bolt, but it was the bit/sleeve from a self-drill bolt. I had assumed that this was left over from a an 80s-era ascent. Is this yours?


Self-drill bolt
Self-drill bolt



Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Renaissance Crag (AKA Rattl... : The Wicked Duke Takes a Wif... (5.8)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 28, 2014

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Comments: Yes. Andy told me about this route many months ago.

The modest route description and any debate about the origin of the route should not deter people from climbing it. It is a very engaging lead with just enough gear to keep it sane. The moves through the top 1/2 of the route are enjoyable and will get even better as the route cleans up with more traffic. Belay from the big oak tree.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Panic Town : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 21, 2014

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Comments: The glamorous life of a first ascentionist...

Awesome work! Really appreciate the blood, sweat and poison oak sores!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 15, 2014

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Comments: There's nothing burly about me. I'm hiding behind the camera on this one.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Wheeler Gorge : Unknown, Left of Cobble Cli... (5.9+)
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 10, 2014

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Comments: 3/8" bolts down low; 1/2" bolts up high; seems to defy logic in terms fall forces...


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Lizard's Mouth : ... : Photo
By: Matthew Fienup When: Apr 10, 2014

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Comments: Sonny Trotter & Barry Blanchard spotting.


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