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Member Since: Jul 20, 2009
Last Visit: Jun 21, 2014
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
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Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Bad Bananas : Be All That You Can Be (5.10c)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 20, 2013

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Comments: I belayed Eric Mercer on the second pitch and watched him do it clean. It was stunning. He said he pulled a very hard match (I tried and couldn't make it happen) to make the move. I had to pull hard with my right hand close to the first bolt after moving my feet a little higher to move my left hand on to the top hold where Eric matched, then move my right hand high right. Very tough. Never found the secret hold and heel hook talked about previously. Thins out a little in the middle of pitc... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Hard Rock : Unknown Right (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: Mar 24, 2013

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Comments: March 22nd was way too cold to climb this


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : The Appendage : The Bulge (5.11b)
By: Nich Cloward When: Aug 26, 2012

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Comments: Wow! Pumpy! Stay off the right wall for more of a challenge. It seems that getting the sequence down is the key to this wall. Getting through the first bit to a nice rest is tough, but pumps you out fast so that making the second half much harder due to a couple crimps before another nice rest. I couldn't stop thinking about this route for about a week after my first top-rope attempt. I topped out but it took quite awhile.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Tap Wall : Big Bottom (5.11c)
By: Nich Cloward When: Aug 26, 2012

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Comments: I really struggled getting through the crux. I'm average height, but my partner's slightly longer reach made this easier for him. Thought provoking. I'll come back to this one.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Bug Barn Dance Wall : Dreamin' of Reamin' (5.11a)
By: Nich Cloward When: Aug 26, 2012

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Comments: Fun start, sweet roofs, and a sustained finish.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Nich Cloward When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: Don't miss this sweet diving board at the top of pitch 8. Top the chains and head west about 100'.
Don't miss this sweet diving board at the top of pitch 8.  Once you top the chains, head west about 100'
Don't miss this sweet diving board at the top of pitch 8. Once you top the chains, head west about 100'



Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Nich Cloward When: Jun 18, 2012

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Comments: Pulled off the summit on June 11 with Mike Vaughn. Great climb! The "third quarter" (Pitches 12-16) were definitely the hardest overall, although pitch 14 wasn't a sustained 5.11-, just like Tristan says. It's really just pulling that corner. Pitch 15 was thin and crimpy too. I appreciated the last pitch, even though I was tired and it was dark when we hit it. Great little roofs. It was almost disappointing to not have a super easy finish, but only because we were tired. Thanks for not l... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 21, 2012

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Comments: Did the whole first half today, 1-11. Enjoyed the first 8. Pitch 9 wasn't bad and 10 was fun with a couple small chimney-esk parts. The first is really dirty, lots of loose stuff. Pitch 11 seems like it was just thrown in to get up to the next approach up to pitch 12. I didn't care for it, but at least it was easy and the scenery was great. We did go to the cave at the start of 12, but made the mistake of going too far west. Water is a must. We both had a 2qt camelbak and ran out after p... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Squaw Peak : Squawstruck (5.11-)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 19, 2012

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Comments: Started working on this project this week. I am very excited to see what the other pitches are like. We hiked up the huge scree to the west of the Appendage thinking it would get us to the ridge. It didn't. We ended up skipping the first two pitches to our disappointment. Time only gave us pitches 3-6 but they were very fun. I really liked the frosted flake section on pitch 5 (I think). These pitches were mostly clean. We did knock some small stuff down, but a helmet is a must. Very wel... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Hidden Wall : Boltergeist (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 10, 2012

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Comments: It's a little interesting having the tree there. My other guy actually stemmed off the tree for one foot hold just for a little fun. I told him that wasn't considered "rock" climbing. It was a little disconcerting getting past the second bolt with the tree there in case of a fall, but overall an enjoyable climb and a great warm up for Flakenstein two routes to the left.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Hidden Wall : Flakenstein (5.10d)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 10, 2012

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Comments: Definitely a hard start, but worth doing. We stick clipped the first bolt and that made a big difference. Had to try a few approaches on the first to get it. Loved the flake at the top. I found that once you clip the bolt just below the big flake (I think it's second down from the chains) sitting there for a rest is just a good way to get tired and make the finish harder. I thought about a rest there, but started feeling a little pumped, so I just made a few quick moves to get to the flake.... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Red Slab : Red Slab (5.6)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: Found two or three loose bolts on this. I think they are number 2, 4 and 5 from the bottom. Maybe 2,3 and 5.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Tinker Toys : G.I. Joe (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: My left foot slipped just above the second bolt on this. Luckily it landed on the bolt, so I felt like I cheated a little. I moved to a new foot hold quickly but the damage had been done. The rating fits due to some variation in holds. Some smaller ones to start with bigger holds a little higher.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Tinker Toys : Barbie (5.8)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 6, 2012

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Comments: Thought it was a little easier than Knex to the right. Fun Dyno with a great camper hold.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Red Slab : Desperado (5.11a)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 4, 2012

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Comments: Maybe I used the side holds up high but didn't think this one was an 11a. That could be bc I didn't look at the rating on here before doing it. I only had the '95 Ruckman guide. Fun start though.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : American Fork Canyon : Hard Rock : Gas Boost (5.8)
By: Nich Cloward When: May 4, 2012

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Comments: Bolt number 3 or 4 is loose, depending on if you count the first bolt as the one next to your shins from the landing.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Green Monster Slab : Green Monster (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: Oct 1, 2010

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Comments: I love this climb


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Ogden : Ogden Canyon : Hole in the Rock : Twinkle Toes (5.9+ R)
By: Nich Cloward When: Oct 1, 2010

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Comments: I had a lot of fun doing this. We TR'd it but it was very fun to do and I would love to do it again.


Location: UT : Photo
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 29, 2009

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Comments: The colors here are just amazing. I took a similar pic when I was down there earlier this summer and it's now my desktop. It's awesome. Not a fun hike to get here, but a pretty cool rap into the canyon (if you come in at the middle), then through a sweet keeper hole (it's at least ten feet deep, so I'm told, so take some buddies with something to help each other out with; unless it's full of water, which was my experience; We swam through; Very fun) and onto th... more >>


Location: Hawaii : Oahu : Mokuleia Wall : Spice of Life (5.10a/b)
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 21, 2009

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Comments: Very fun climb with a wide variety of climbing styles. Crack lie backs, mantles, stemming, smearing; it's got it all. The top is definitely the hardest part, I thought, but that could be bc I wasn't stemming enough. There is a huge ledge where some birds used to nest, or at least it appears that way, where the last crux starts. Hard core stemming up the last ten or so feet to the chains.


Location: Hawaii : Oahu : Mokuleia Wall : Pig Tree (5.8)
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 21, 2009

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Comments: Fun climb. Plenty of variety, with some good solid holds. Had fun with this one. It felt a little harder than it's rated, but very good and fun. A lot of these climbs on this wall require some stemming, which I don't have a lot of experience or confidence in, but it gets you up and it's fun to do.


Location: Hawaii : Oahu : Mokuleia Wall
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 19, 2009

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Comments: Great place to climb and a lot! There are about 56 routes here, that I've been told of. Many of them are mixed, so some of them get quite long runouts without extra pro. I took a 30' fall myself bc I chose not to use the extra pro. Good times. The approach gets quite rocky and had big rocks/boulders on it, so I wouldn't suggest doing it in flip flops (Like I did my first time). Some of the routes' first bolts are a little high, but there is a pole with a clamp on it available to set the fi... more >>


Location: Hawaii : Oahu : Makapuu Point
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 19, 2009

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Comments: We checked this out today and I wasn't too impressed, but it wasn't due to the rock or bolting, or anything to do with the climbing at all. The wind was so bad it made it hard to stay focused on what we were doing and enjoy it. It made us question our holds a little, we had to fight with the ropes bc the wind would pull it to the side, and it was very loud. I think it would be a good place without the wind. Very easy to set up top ropes, but there are no chains at the top of the climbs. The... more >>


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Green Monster Slab : Green Monster (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 3, 2009

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Comments: One day I'll do it on trad gear. Until then this is still my favorite climb, even though I only top rope it. Maybe, Tristan, this would be a good one for me to learn trad on because I'm so familiar with it.


Location: UT : Wasatch Range : Rock Canyon : Green Monster Slab : Green Jello (5.9)
By: Nich Cloward When: Sep 3, 2009

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Comments: I know some people don't climb the same climb more than once, but I do, and I will keep doing this one everytime I go for Green Monster. It's a great warm-up and we did it in one pitch this morning. Fun. Especially the second pitch. You get a little taste of feeling exposed and the moves are a little tougher than the first pitch so it's a good challenge.


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