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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : Curve of Binding Energy (5.12a/b)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 26, 2013

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Comments: Would love to see that second bolt placed lower, so you don't break an ankle if you fall and also so you don't have the draw hanging right in the middle of the hold.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Dynosaur (5.12c)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 2, 2013

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Comments: Man... I can't remember enough of it to make a suggestion, but if I recall, I would have liked to have seen the second and third clips moved down. I wasn't too bummed about the upper section as the climbing is all there and the fall isn't dangerous.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Mary's Bust Area : Mary's Bust - main buttress : Out Of Time (5.11)
By: Nathan Welton When: May 14, 2013

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Comments: I thought this was great fun. The first pitch was pretty basic, but the second pitch was continuous and technical. I figure 5.9 or 5.10a for the first pitch and 5.11b for the second. Not sure what was so horrible about the second pitch... ???


Location: International : Asia : Thailand : Laem Phra Nang (Railey and ... : Tonsai Bay : ... : Just Call Me Helmet (5.13b)
By: Nathan Welton When: Mar 18, 2013

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Comments: Fun. Some moves hard for tall people, others easier. Helps to wait for a breeze. Grading on this route, like most of Ton Sai, is a total joke.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Dynosaur (5.12c)
By: Nathan Welton When: Dec 2, 2012

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Comments: This should get retrobolted. Deck if you blow the first, deck if you blow the second, deck if you blow the third. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?


Location: CO : Grand Junction area : Colorado National Monument : Monument Canyon : Desert Solitaire (5.11a C1)
By: Nathan Welton When: Sep 24, 2012

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Comments: Re: the above comment, no way is this 5.10b! And you need the recommended 5 to 6 hand-sized pieces unless you like extremely sandy 25-foot runouts on moderate to poor quality rock.

That said, it's a fantastic line, with every pitch being awesome aside from the grunge pitch. The funky blocks on the last pitch are more solid than they look, and the final moves onto the anchors are rad.

We brought doubles from blue Metolius to red Camalot, 5 or 6 hand-sized pieces, and 1 blue Camalot, along wit... more >>


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : The Triple Mantle (5.9)
By: Nathan Welton When: Mar 10, 2012

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Comments: March 10, 2012: The top anchors have been chopped, so you'll have to walk off if you go directly up. Otherwise, you can skip the final crux bulge and head right to the other routes nearby.

Awkwardly bolted top part. Will be hard for shorter climbers to reach.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Ambush (5.12a)
By: Nathan Welton When: Mar 10, 2012

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Comments: Cool movement, felt a little stiff for .12a.


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Tonto (5.9+)
By: Nathan Welton When: Mar 10, 2012

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Comments: Weird climb and weird bolting. Why is there a lead bolt 2 feet below the anchor?


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : South Fork of St. Vrain Can... : Scout Rock : Cornered (5.9)
By: Nathan Welton When: Mar 10, 2012

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Comments: I don't have a problem with the bottom bolts -- they're fine & they make the line safe for the grade (despite this part being 5.2 and climbable without hands). However, what is up with the anchor bolts? Blow the clip with an armful of rope and you'll hit a ledge. Or be safe and clip them by yanking on the draw below them? Huh?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages : Days of Heaven (5.10d)
By: Nathan Welton When: Sep 25, 2011

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Comments: Fantastic route. You can rap off with a 60m off anchors to the left at the top, but you have to downclimb completely exposed, moderate, 5th class to even reach the rap anchor. It's a good 6 feet feet below the top of the cliff band. Curious as to why this anchor wasn't placed within reaching distance of the top?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages : Telekinesis (5.13)
By: Nathan Welton When: Sep 25, 2011

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Comments: Anyone know what the heinously hard, blank dihedral is to the right of this line?


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Needle : Temple of the Dog (5.13b)
By: Nathan Welton When: Sep 25, 2011

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Comments: 5.9 to a rest, then a four or five move V9 that's crimpy, sharp, and really damn hard, to a enormous jug, to 5.11.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Inner Canyon : Bullet the Blue Sky (5.12c/d)
By: Nathan Welton When: Aug 29, 2011

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Comments: Does anyone know if this has been onsighted?


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Inner Canyon : Bullet the Blue Sky (5.12c/d)
By: Nathan Welton When: Aug 29, 2011

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Comments: Totally rad route, though best saved for colder months. Continuous slaps and pinches up the right edge make it hard when the temps are 90 degrees.

Found not one, not two, but three no-hands rests on it: the obvious rest after the dyno, a rest immediately off the ledge from the dyno, and a fat jug half way up the huecos. Would love to know if anyone else has found another!

Will try Ben's static dyno beta with the hand-foot match next time. That move scares the crap of out me for some reason... more >>


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Cassandra (5.13a)
By: Nathan Welton When: Aug 29, 2011

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Comments: Unbelievably cool route, though the moves feel way more difficult (and painful) than those on Virgin No More just upcanyon. Perhaps I just need to get it dialed in a little more. The hard stuff is pretty short compared to other lines nearby, and there's a fat rest half way up.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : Lower Mission Canyon / Seve... : Upper Theology Crag : The Trouble With Normal (5.11c)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 25, 2011

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Comments: one of the best sport climbs in santa barbara.


Location: CO : San Luis Valley : Penitente Canyon : Penitente - Entrance Area : Stemoroids (5.12d)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 25, 2011

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Comments: Stellar route, a must do for the grade.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : J-Crack Slab Area : Visual Aids (5.10b)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 25, 2011

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Comments: RPs are absolutely not necessary on this.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Mary's Bust Area : Mary's Bust - left buttress : The Devil's Backbone (5.11c)
By: Nathan Welton When: May 30, 2011

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Comments: Nice climbing, but I thought the first pitch was kind of distracting. You wind up climbing only a few feet above the floor of the gully in some places. I also thought the second pitch warranted a .11b. Harder than expected. I give the third pitch a .11b as well.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Mary's Bust Area : Mary's Bust - main buttress : Frisky Lady (5.12a/b)
By: Nathan Welton When: May 30, 2011

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Comments: Route condition seems pretty solid as of late May, 2011. Great climb. Harder for shorter climbers, but I watched my 5'9" wife hike the hard move in a few tries. It can be done, don't fret.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Mary's Bust Area : Mary's Bust - main buttress : Dynamite (5.10a/b R)
By: Nathan Welton When: May 30, 2011

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Comments: The runout seems out of place, both for the route and for the crag. Not super hard climbing, but pretty dangerous fall potential, particularly considering that you're climbing on crystals that keep breaking off. Fun route nevertheless. I'd like to see another bolt in there for safety's sake.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : San Ysidro : Applied Magnetics (5.8 PG13)
By: Nathan Welton When: May 1, 2010

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Comments: There's no reason that bolt should have been removed, but there's also no reason it should have been placed in the first place. It's right next to a crack that happily accepts lots of wires and cams. The glue-in ring bolts at the top are suspect hough. Did the person who placed them actually use glue? One of them is loose to the touch and may even pull out.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Stone Point : Stone Rock
By: Nathan Welton When: Jan 20, 2009

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Comments: That'd be me. I could have just totally screwed up the sequence or missed some massive jug? Lichen everywhere, holds covered in scum and a few nice (but small) foot jibs breaking off everywhere. I worked moves that went over the bulge via a left handjam and a right crimp, with a left highstep. Went immediately back right back to the seam, and directly up it. Are you supposed to veer our way left? Hard!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Stone Point : Stone Rock : The Palin Maneuver (5.11a/b)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jan 20, 2009

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Comments: Nice climb, well bolted, fun moves through the crux.


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