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Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Kindergarten Rock : East Face : ... : Photo
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Jun 26, 2013

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Comments: This is late to reply (two years later), but we knew that we'd have to walk down in the dark (based on the time we started). So we wore headlamps up. Glad we did, too!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Needles : Sunlight Spire : Standard Route, Sunlight Sp... (5.10)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Nov 14, 2011

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Comments: Looking at pics, I've often wondered if an ascent of the slab on the south face would be possible. After seeing the Spire in person in August, I'm pretty sure that it would be possible, but protection might be very difficult.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Mt. Meeker : The Flying Buttress (5.9)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Jun 28, 2011

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Comments: We climbed Dreamweaver yesterday and noticed a single rope hanging from the bottom of the Flying Buttress. Looked like a escape? Hope everyone was okay!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : West Side : West Point Crack (5.8 R)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Mar 17, 2011

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Comments: We climbed this on Sunday. I've climbed the first pitch a bunch of times, but it was fun to finally climb pitches two and three. I thought that the mental crux of the climb was the beginning of the second pitch before you get into the chimney. The squeeze chimney was my favorite part of the climb by far -- almost more like caving than climbing. I thought the third pitch, while short and difficult, was a fun finish to the climb. The hardest part of that pitch was getting the only piece of pro cli... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : Southwest Face / Finger Fac... : Tidrick's (5.8)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Oct 18, 2010

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Comments: I also wanted to add that a single 70 m rope gets you down to Tourist Gully maybe 15 feet from the very bottom. Very easy to get off the rope here and scramble down (and easier than using a second rope).


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : Southwest Face / Finger Fac... : Tidrick's (5.8)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Oct 18, 2010

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Comments: We climbed this again today. I've always combined pitches 2 & 3, skipped the Son of Tidrick's anchors, and gone directly to the Place in the Sun anchors. I guess that's more like finishing Place in the Sun. I'm curious about the route up from the Sun anchors. Bob's book says "continue up on flexible flakes (5.8)". Has anyone done this ending recently? Care to comment on the pro?


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Keyhole Rock : East Face - 1st Tier : Breeze Crack (5.6)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Aug 1, 2010

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Comments: We climbed this one yesterday. While fun, it is one of the dirtiest routes I have climbed in the Garden. Sand on top of mud on top of sand. Still, probably worth doing.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Kindergarten Rock
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Jul 9, 2009

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Comments: Tonight at the Garden, we noticed a sign below Kindergarten/Gray Rock that referenced the falcon closure. It said that "Angle Tangle" was closed for raptor nesting until August. Two questions:
1) The only reference that I found to Angle Tangle was in Stewart Green's comments about North Gateway. Is the sign in the wrong place?
2) Which climbs on Kindergarten Rock are actually closed during falcon nesting?


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space : The Whale
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Jul 7, 2009

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Comments: I think we might have climbed Outer Reach tonight. It was a touch loose down low, but had some cool moves up a double overlap toward the top. Seven bolts, I believe. Always fun to discover a new route where there wasn't one before.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space : The Whale
By: Nathan Hoobler When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: While exploring the Whale last night, we climbed a route between The Thin Line and Esse Curve. Four bolts and felt 5.9+ ish. It doesn't seem to be in the RRCOS climbing book (at least not my first edition).

Is this a new route or am I directionally challenged? FWIW, the route was fun. A challenge for me, though probably easy for most.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space : Ripple Wall : Storm Surge (5.10-)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Nov 7, 2008

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Comments: I was just by this climb last weekend, and it still has an interesting (and large!) blood stain all over the rock. A good helmet reminder.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Haimovi Tower : Southeast Buttress (5.7)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Sep 3, 2008

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Comments: Here's some beta about the tower from our climb last weekend:

Hike In:
The hike up Roaring Fork and over the pass is long and steep, but beautiful. The first mile is steep, then the hiking is more pleasant for a few miles, then a long mile (or two miles!) of steep up hill to the pass. Nice views of Lone Eagle Cirque from the pass.

Approach Gully:
We studied the cliffs for awhile from camp to make sure that we had the right gully. I climbed the gully the night before the climb to make sure it ... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space : Ripple Wall : South Pipe Route (5.7+)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Jul 14, 2008

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Comments: Is it possible to rap this with a single 70m rope? I've climbed it before I had a 70m and I've been curious if I could leave the 2nd rope behind...


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space
By: Nathan Hoobler When: May 13, 2008

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Comments: A few weeks ago we were exploring The Chief and noticed that the bolt hangers seemed to be pulled on both routes (Off to Kiwi Land and Certain Kind of Fool). Just curious why these were pulled? Certain Kind of Fool looked like a nice long route!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : 1st Middle Buttress : South Ridge (5.6)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Oct 22, 2007

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Comments: We climbed this route on Saturday and I figured I'd add some beta, based on what we found.

1st Pinnacle: We found the base of this one pretty easily. We soloed up the fourth class slab for 60 feet or so and set up a belay. I led up to the right into what I assume is the corner system Julian describes. The crack/corner split further up. I took the right crack system, which appeared to be a little more exposed, but had better gear placement. I used several cams, 1 stopper (a Black Diamond @P... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Kindergarten Rock : South Face : South Ridge (descent route) (5.0)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Apr 27, 2007

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Comments: If you do use this route as a "sporty scramble" to ascend Kindergarden Rock, make sure you have your rope and gear. Even if you don't use it, technical gear is required in GOG for going higher than 10 feet off the ground. If it's the summer, the rangers could make a fuss if you don't have gear while climbing.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space : Ripple Wall : High H20 (5.10a/b)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Mar 4, 2007

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Comments: Agreed on the tough start. Like Jim, I was wondering if a hold or two had broken off. In a couple areas, the rock looked a different color as though a piece might be missing. It definitely feels harder than 5.10a up to the 2nd bolt. Fun after that. Took a pretty good lead fall about 1/2 way up. Also, it's mentioned elsewhere that the left anchor bolt is quite loose.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Red Rock Canyon Open Space
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Mar 4, 2007

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Comments: I wish I'd checked here before climbing today. As Joshua mentions, the one anchor bolt on High H2O is quite loose. The other felt bomber. We climbed Electric Swimming Pool before that and the right anchor was very loose also.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : South Gateway Rock : West Side : Credibility Gap (5.9+)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Mar 4, 2007

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Comments: Led this one yesterday. It sure felt like a long way to that first bolt, even though it's fairly easy climbing. Overall, great moves and great rock. It was fun to do something a bit more vertical and a little less slabby in the Garden. Terrific view of Pikes as others have mentioned.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : North Cheyenne Canyon : Flying Buttress : Hanging Gardens (5.6)
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Feb 4, 2007

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Comments: We did this route last summer. The main difficulty was finding the start of the climb. I studied the cliffs for quite a while from the parking lot while comparing with Stewart Green's guide, found here:

stewartgreen.com/html/topos/pi...

Once we found it, the route was a lot of fun. Very well-protected, Stewart! Pitch 2 was especially enjoyable.

The only drag was dealing with a stuck rope...and prusik looping 200 feet back up...


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Montezuma Tower
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Dec 10, 2006

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Comments: Interesting. We climbed it a few weeks ago, and all three of us thought it was a touch harder now. Maybe it's because we've climbed it a number of times the "old way" and so those opening moves are hardwired in our brains. It's still definitely a 5.7 at the beginning with a lot of 5.3/5.4 in the middle.

It seems like half the holds on the Tower are cut somehow. Ah well. It's still a terrific climb.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : Montezuma Tower
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Oct 2, 2006

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Comments: I was just at the Garden this afternoon, and we found that the loose boulder that people have often discussed here has finally fallen! (Hope nobody was on it at the time.) It must have happened fairly recently, judging from the remnants of the boulder at the base. I doubt that it will change the stability of that section of the climb too much, but it could very well change the grade. The hardest part of Montezuma's (for me, anyway) has always been those first few moves to the first pro. The... more >>


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Old Stage Road
By: Nathan Hoobler When: Sep 25, 2006

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Comments: The crag behind Bear Trap Ranch (assuming that it's same one everyone's discussing) is called Mt. Vigil. We've climbed there a couple of times. There's a short, easy trad climb up to summit (5.5ish?). It starts from the highest place you can scramble and has a LOT of exposure to east. Once on top, there are several bolts to rap off and top rope from. The toprope climb is probably in the 5.7 range and can be made more interesting with several variations from the bottom. Unfortunately, the c... more >>