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Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : But for a Silver Bullet ...... (5.6)
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 4, 2012

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Comments: Are the hooks for this route gone now?


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Scout Route (5.5)
By: Mike Pharris When: Mar 30, 2011

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Comments: As of 3/28/2011, the anchor bolts have been removed. Nothing but holes with the bolt sleeves left. Why remove these bolts?


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Route 166 (5.6)
By: Mike Pharris When: Mar 30, 2011

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Comments: As of 3/28/2011, the anchor bolts have been removed. Nothing but holes with the bolt sleeves left. Why remove these bolts?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Little Twin Owls : Undercling Right (5.8)
By: Mike Pharris When: Sep 15, 2009

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Comments: As of 9/13/09 the right hand summit - at the top of the zig zag crack route - only has one chain/bolt. There's one empty hole and one hole that's been cemented over. The rock up there has a bit of a hollow ring to it as well. We couldn't find any real way to back up the chains. Climber beware.

There are two chains on the left hand side - at the top of Knee Catcher.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Little Twin Owls
By: Mike Pharris When: Sep 15, 2009

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Comments: As of 9/13/09 the right hand summit - at the top of the zig zag crack route - only has one chain/bolt. There's one empty hole and one hole that's been cemented over. The rock up there has a bit of a hollow ring to it as well. We couldn't find any real way to back up the chains. Climber beware.

There are two chains on the left hand side - at the top of Knee Catcher.


Location: Glenn Schuler : Mt. Herman : Photo
By: Mike Pharris When: May 12, 2009

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Comments: Pretty granite!


Location: CO : Indoor Walls : Thornton - Rock'n Jam'n 1
By: Mike Pharris When: Feb 5, 2009

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Comments: The bouldering area has just been expanded - they added a small vertical wall where the rope ladder used to be and increased the severe overhang in the back corner.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Whale's Tail : West Dihedral (5.4)
By: Mike Pharris When: Oct 6, 2008

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Comments: Thanks for the nice new cable!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : ... : Wide Crack (5.4)
By: Mike Pharris When: Sep 17, 2008

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Comments: The girl in the pic looks to me to be a few feet right of the "Wide Crack" route. I did it by going up to the lower tree and turning an overhang (stout 5.4) and getting established in a crack with nice hand jams for a few moves to another tree above which the angle lessened to a nice finish at a slot of sorts on top.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : ... : West Bench Dihedral (5.1)
By: Mike Pharris When: Aug 3, 2008

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Comments: I think the route described here is in Rossiter's Flatirons guide (Falcon) as "Standard Inside East Face" (he calls it 4th Class). It would protect very well with lots of rests.

The Dihedral route is not 5.1, though probably not harder than 5.4 and offers good jams and stems directly up the dihedral formed with the junction of the first and second pinnacles.


Location: CA : San Diego County : Mount Woodson : Jaws Boulder Area : Jaws (5.11a V1) : Photo
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 16, 2008

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Comments: sweet pic!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Crags
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 9, 2008

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Comments: Regarding the approach - I'd recommend the northern approach - it's a bit less steep on the hiking and you can see the crags the whole time your hiking. Just don't go up too high in the talus, and you've got relatively easy access to all the rock there.

Carry some webbing and rap rings or leaver biners. We left a sling on Woodstone. The webbing on Sharksfin is ok but could some new would make you feel better.

Fun area - we had the whole place to ourselves - certainly feels alpine in nature.


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Neanderthal Wall : Are You Experienced? (5.6)
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 1, 2008

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Comments: In the attached picture, this route is to the left, but not really visible. You can make out the left crack (5.5), but the right crack (5.6) is hidden by the arete. It is NOT one of the numbered routes in the photo.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Ho Hum (5.4)
By: Mike Pharris When: May 20, 2008

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Comments: After you've got the rope hanging from the anchors, take a lap and climb the face out to the left of the normal dihedral, adds a new twist to the route. The face moves probably go at 5.5 or 5.6.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Stone Cold Moderate (5.7)
By: Mike Pharris When: May 17, 2008

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Comments: Fun route for sure. I liked the alternate start up the dihedral on the left - for even more fun, work the route staying to the right side of the boltline all the way up. Fun face climbing on tiny holds, good feet all the way. This variation goes maybe 5.7 or 7+.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : The Great Zot (5.8+)
By: Mike Pharris When: May 3, 2008

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Comments: We missed the Zot Face cutoff as well.... However, we did the variation that takes the right-facing dihedral to the right of Rebuffat's Arete. There is a microwave-sized, loose block just below the belay at the top of pitch 4 (as it's described here) just before you head up the dihedral. I pulled on it, and it rocked a bit - it will come down if anyone pulls on it at all. There's loose rock and weak flakes all over the place up that dihedral.

Be careful.


Location: CO : Indoor Walls : Ft Collins - Inner Strength
By: Mike Pharris When: Dec 6, 2007

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Comments: Good gym, not the biggest on the front range, but really nice people that run it. If you're in Fort Collins or Loveland, it's the place to go.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Idle Hands (5.6)
By: Mike Pharris When: Jul 3, 2007

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Comments: One of the bolts at the top of Idle Hands is missing its hanger and rap ring - as of July 2, 2007.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado
By: Mike Pharris When: Jul 3, 2007

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Comments: One of the bolts at the top of "Idle Hands" is missing a hanger as of July 2, 2007. Still plenty of opportunity for anchors with the boulders and trees, but if you were planning on using the new double bolts - you can't.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Brown Cloud Rocks : Louise (5.8)
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 26, 2007

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Comments: Looked at the anchor block from several angles and while it is apart from the main body of the cliff, it appears to be very solidly sitting atop the tower. I feel like it'll hold all but a complete whipper of a leader fall and not budge at all.


Location: CO : State Park Entrance Fees In...
By: Mike Pharris When: Jun 26, 2007

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Comments: If you compare that price for an ANNUAL pass to the cost of a SINGLE DAY admission to one theme park/amusement park or virtually anything else and it suddenly looks pretty cheap. There was an article in the Rocky Mtn Press a week or two ago about this - that writer was referring to the National Park fees but the same point is valid here. I'll pay the fee and I'll get my moneys worth too :) However, it would be nice to be able to buy a lower cost pass for individual parks or maybe parks in a g... more >>


Location: CO : Clear Creek Canyon Closed
By: Mike Pharris When: May 21, 2007

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Comments: Everybody local probably knows this now, but the road is now open.