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Patrick Vernon


Member Since: Jan 1, 2001
Last Visit: Jan 17, 2005
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Point Rank: # 755
Total Points: 794
Last Year: 0
Last 30 Days: 0
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Routes are worth 10
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Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Beer Barrel Boulder : Beer Belly aka Beached Whal... (V6)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Mar 11, 2003

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Comments: its a very sly v4+


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park
By: Patrick Vernon When: Dec 27, 2002

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Comments: After Reading these comments I feel compelled to add my own.

About a month ago I was unfortunate enough to visit a crag in Italy near Bolongna. I forget the name of it, it was a large plateau of limestone in the [Apennines]. I was just out for a hike with my friend, and I decided to check out the climbing in this area. What I found was ridiculous. The first area I visited was literally grid bolted, with names (many of them [English]) and grades painted at the bottom of the climbs. Around t... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Red Wall : Right Side (V?)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Dec 13, 2002

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Comments: I didn't submit the first comment, but this problem is harder for shorter people.I think it is easier to use the crimp just below the dish, this is the first way I ever did it, whatever the case may be it is a hard problem because it requires technique as well as strength.

-pat


Location: CO : Boulder : Flagstaff : Red Wall : Center Left (V4)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Dec 13, 2002

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Comments: This problem is a sandbag, yes, but the biggest sandbag of all for the V3 grade has got to be Milton in Eldo.

-pat


Location: CO : Lyons : St. Vrain Canyons : North Fork of the St. Vrain... : Big Elk Meadows - Boulders
By: Patrick Vernon When: Oct 9, 2002

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Comments: the double trouble boulder is about 1 mile up the canyon on the left. Look for a largeboulder (not double trouble) just off the road on the right down near the stream and park just before this. Follow a faint trail just up the road from the parking on the left up the hill for three minutesand the boulder will appear. The double trouble boulder was not affected at all by thefire and the main area wasn't affected much at all it is still very beautiful andsecluded. I did not go to the dragons d... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : J-Crack Slab Area : Weekend Warrior (5.12c/d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jul 2, 2002

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Comments: ...I for one agree with Charles, this route needs only one bolt.

-patrick


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Bookend : Hot Licks (5.9)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Apr 14, 2002

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Comments: It's been a while but I seem to remember a number five being essential. My brother might remember.

=pat


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : The Book : J-Crack Slab Area : J-Crack (5.9)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Sep 15, 2001

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Comments: Finally did the headwall yesterday and found it to be far more reasonable than I was expecting. Good fingerlocks on vertical climbing with poor feet. A bit sequential but not too bad, felt like .11a or b. Bigger finger sizes will probably find this to be significantly harder .11c or d. We also took the Loose J variation which has some short but excellent face moves to traverse into J-crack. The old quarter inch bolt protecting this traverse has been replaced in the last week with a brand new... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - S Face : King's X (5.10d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Aug 13, 2001

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Comments: The gear below the crux is solid, but you better be climbing at the grade.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Casual Route (5.10a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: Stellar, easiest route up the dead vertical diamond, and still a great route. The crux can easily be aided for those who get edgy leading 5.10 at fourteen thousand feet, yet the leader should defintately be confident up to mid 5.10 to feel at home on this route. Start early, and try to climb the north chimney at first light. Having people ahead of you in this 500 feet of decomposing rock is very dangerous with rock fall almost assured. It is easiest to solo all except the last steep section whic... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : CU Campus : Engineering Center : Number Cruncher (V2)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: It's a 5.13 traverse!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Rewritten (5.7)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: Great route, but quite a bit of loose rock on it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : C'est La Vie (5.11b)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: Hmmm, you would really have to know this route well to take the mentioned rack on it, the pitch isn't too long, but is one of the harder 9s in Eldo. The second pitch isn anything close to a death fest, there are one (or two?) pins at your waist, and two pretty good RP placements in the seam. It's really quite sane, even sewn up!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Swanson Arete (5.5)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: Descending from routes in this area is a bitch, yet if you know where the Pigeon Crack rappels are, you can save yourself quite a bit of hassle on the descent. This rappel is to left of Ruper (when facing it) and goes down a chockstone-filled chimney from two new big Metolius bolts. This rappel with a single 160 foot rope reaches a small ledge just off the upper ramp from which you can downclimb. From here you are are right on top of the Veritgo raps and can reach the ground easily. By far, this... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face : Calypso (5.6)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: There is an alternate rap anchor to the right of Reggae (when facing it) two new bolts. This will get you to a ledge that lets you traverse to the rap anchors on the first pitch of Calypso, and is probably the safest descent. The walkoff to the left is sketchy with loose rock, and continuing to the summit is annoying (although it is a cool summit) this rap station is a nice thing to know about, you can use it to descend from routes on the South Face too.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - W Face : Blind Faith (5.10a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: This is probably a good route for the first .10a trad lead, it is well protected and not too hard for the grade, and an enjoyable route (better than it looks from the ground)


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Notchtop : Direct South Ridge (5.9)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: The descent for this route is low fifth class, time consuming, and rather scary!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages : Days of Heaven (5.10d)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: This is possibly my most favorite route in Colorado.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger : First Impressions (5.9) : Photo
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: That second picture is pretty funny, a la Tom Cruise in MI:2. Wheres the hidden wire?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Casual Route (5.10a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: A red Metolius TCU, or FCU, or similar sixed cam fits perfectly where the pin used to be at the crux, so save this piece for the crux. If the routes to the left of it didn't exist, this would be the coolest 5.10 ever!


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Rincon : Rincon - Center Route & R : Five-Ten Crack (5.10a)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: This is a short but very good climb, the protection is substanitially better than it appears from the base.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Little Twin Owls : Tooth Slab (V-easy)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: These are beautiful slab problems, a very good way to get used to Lumpy footwork. Amazingly, there are four problems that have gone no hands on this boulder, the easiest is slightly left of the small dihedral, right of it is another difficult no-hands problem. Right of this one is a very scary, no-hands problem up the right arete, the hardest is on the left side below an obvious chicken head. Doing these no hands is an excellent challange and good footwork workout.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Little Twin Owls : Pat's Slab (V2)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: I did this problem yesterday during a day long bouldering session at lumpy. I should have given this three stars, it has cleaned up right now to be a solid delicate tall 5.11 slab, and absolutely beautiful and aesetic problem that few know about. With a couple crash pads it is pretty safe. There is an easier variation to the left.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Roof Routes : Evangeline (5.11b A1)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: A shoulder length sling is helpful between the first and second bolts, you can sling a protrusion and eliminate any runout.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : Alice in Bucketland (5.8+ R)
By: Patrick Vernon When: Jan 1, 2001

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Comments: The second roof on this climb is a little hairy; stiff for the grade without reliable protection.


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