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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : Bouldering Zones : ... : Moai Boulder
By: Nathan Welton When: Sep 29, 2014

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Comments: I will try to get some photos and GPS coordinates up soon, since I live close by.

The Moai Boulder with its tall face looks back down toward the Estes Valley where the treatment plant is, but every time you go, you will indeed find a blank face that looks like nobody's done it in a decade. Rain washes the chalk off, and each ascent seems like a first ascent.

The boulder with the cave and the route going right to a finger crack is Flatanger.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Thumb : North Overhangs (5.9-)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jul 9, 2013

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Comments: The easiest way to get down is to just do a single 30m rap off the chains of Rest in Peace, which are 15 feet west of where you top this route out. Just walk toward the Continental Divide and you'll see them.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Thumb
By: Nathan Welton When: Jul 9, 2013

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Comments: The names and grades those two routes have been confirmed with the FA, local guide Eli Helmuth, and added to the database. They are Thumbs Up, 5.10- and Thumb Up My Arse, 5.10+ or perhaps 5.11-. Time will tell as consensus grows.

Also note that you can descend off the northwest face in a single 30m rap from the chains atop Rest in Peace.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Thumb : Zig Arete (5.10a)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: Update | June 30, 2013:

The rap anchors are now updated with chains and lowering biners.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Prospect Mountain : The Thumb : Vapor Trail (5.12d)
By: Nathan Welton When: Jun 28, 2013

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Comments: JUNE 28, 2013

This route has been updated, and the missing bolt at the crux has been replaced. Have fun!


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.


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