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Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Epinephrine (5.9)
By: Pete Hickman When: Feb 18, 2010

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Comments: I think they are just in the early stages of the full epinephrine experience which often includes some initial resentment of the climb, particularly the chimneys. This is a normal part of any stressful, even traumatic experience and I think is a credit to the climb. When I finally arrived at the vehicle in the dark I too swore I would never subject myself to such an experience again. In time I realised that I got from Epinephrine exactly what I look for in a very long red rocks climb. Now, a... more >>


Location: Pete Hickman : pics : Photo
By: Pete Hickman When: Feb 5, 2010

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Comments: I stole this picture from Kirk Cameron


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Pond : Pocket Pow-Wow (5.10a/b)
By: Pete Hickman When: Nov 14, 2009

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Comments: Pocket Pow-wow is two lines to the right of Pocket Party which is two lines to the left of Pocket Pow-wow... They are both on the other side of the arete from Pocket Puzzle and Arete Horizon. There is a short route on the overhang, then a newer route up the extreme left/arete on the wall and then Pocket Party. Hmmm... maybe that's no more helpful..


Location: Mark Roth : photos : Photo
By: Pete Hickman When: Jun 8, 2009

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Comments: The only reason I started climbing is that I couldn't quite get the hang of 6 foot frontside airs.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Cloud Tower : Crimson Chrysalis (5.8+)
By: Pete Hickman When: Jun 3, 2009

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Comments: I was with the other climber who fell victim to vicious robotic pack chewing marmots on the 29th of May, 2009. My partner's pack was even hung by a nut three feet off of the ground yet they made very short work of it and the pbjs which we had stashed in there. If you value your pack you should hire an armed guard to watch it. Or, maybe if you are lucky the "conga line" will keep them away...


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Phoenix Areas : Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall : Misgivings (5.8)
By: Pete Hickman When: May 21, 2009

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Comments: We tried misgivings last August and were attacked by bees on the first pitch and base of the route. My partners were both stung a couple of times. Have you ever looked down from half way up a pitch to see your belayer running as fast as she can away from you and flailing her hands in the air?

The bolts are sketchy and that one move seems hard though maybe that has to do with the sketchyness and the bloodthirsty killer bees.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Queen Creek Canyon : The Pond : Pocket Puzzle (5.10a)
By: Pete Hickman When: May 18, 2009

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Comments: Awesome climb! There are big holds all the way up but it is steep and has a bulge at the top. A lot of the lower grade climbs are much thinner than this one, only it requires endurance.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Black Velvet Canyon : Black Velvet Wall : Epinephrine (5.9)
By: Pete Hickman When: Mar 31, 2009

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Comments: Hit the base of the climb at 8am this past Sunday and there were three parties ahead of us. While waiting at the second belay below the first real chimney pitch the party ahead of us knocked 150 lbs of rock out of the chimney and directly down onto us at the belay. Terrifying. If you climb soon and find rubble and a sandbox where your belay station used to be thats why. We bailed due to all cams now barely functional, backpack contents destroyed by falling rock, and fear that it would happen... more >>


Location: CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag : Venusian Blind (5.7) : Photo
By: Pete Hickman When: Mar 17, 2009

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Comments: should read: lost in the notch, no idea if we are on route or not, ready to spend the night right here


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Sedona Area : Sedona : Moose's Butte Area : ... : Photo
By: Pete Hickman When: Mar 16, 2009

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Comments: Who needs a #4 when there is a perfectly good shrubbery right there!


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Sedona Area : Sedona : Moose's Butte Area : ... : Regular Route (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: Mar 15, 2009

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Comments: #4 C4 a very good idea for pitch 2, #5 is unnecessary unless you have one burning a hole in your pocket. Or, unless you have 90$ burning a hole in your pocket and are looking for an excuse to buy a #5. You can get an at least marginal placement with a small cam (#2 C3 for example) making the #5 unnecessary, especially since the move it protects is not hard unless you are very short. Also, there is one bolt at the top of the second pitch on a huge ledge. Great cl... more >>


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Suction Gully : Spider Walk (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: Sep 22, 2008

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Comments: If you are going to spider walk pay close attention to these several things:
At the end of the first pitch one of the bolts has sheared/pulled. I found the hanger laying on the ground. This leaves one old bolt for a double rope rap with no other options for pro. Instead of rapping all the way to the ground we rapped from the single bolt to a good rap station half way down the first pitch which I had not seen on the way up. This would be a single rope rap, and then another single rope rap... more >>


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Winslow/ Hwy 87 : Jacks Canyon
By: Pete Hickman When: Aug 25, 2008

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Comments: Bug spray! If you don't bring powerful mosquito repellent or a full body net you are going to be hating life at Jacks right now. At the campground they are moderate but in the canyon they are pretty bad and I ended up sprinting all the way back to the truck from Cracker Jack in order to grab some military issue bug repellent. This was not the case last year but here is a bunch of stagnant water in the canyon this year (August).


Location: CA : High Sierra : Temple Crag : Venusian Blind (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: Aug 16, 2008

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Comments: The scramble up from the snow around to the start of the route was much harder to figure than I anticipated. Not finding it, we ended up off route in gullies the whole climb on constantly loose rock. Make sure you know how to identify the start of the route. Stop at second lake and scope the route since you can't really see it from third lake. There is a rap anchor (slings) above a gully as you traverse around to the start of the route. Don't be fooled by the additional anchor (slings and nu... more >>


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South End : Skyline Traverse (5.3)
By: Pete Hickman When: Jun 27, 2008

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Comments: Be very careful at the top because there are a lot of big loose rocks and this route has many popular routes right below it. Try to stay to the right as you top out to avoid killing anyone below.


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face : Ecstasy Junior (5.4)
By: Pete Hickman When: Jun 27, 2008

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Comments: Shouldn't this climb be moved to South End? There is an entry for it there too.


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face : West Pole (5.7+)
By: Pete Hickman When: Jun 26, 2008

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Comments: I think I left a C3 cam in the bottom of the roof this morning.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Standard Route (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: May 13, 2008

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Comments: The last spot for pro I found was at the very top of the chimney before the crawl. Its not really all that sketchy. It looked like to me that maybe the route kept going up over the bulge instead of the crawl exit left, and since I hadn't run into any pitons yet I thought that I must be off route, but then I found the anchors at the end of the crawl.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Mount Lemmon (Catalina High... : 2 - Bear Canyon : ... : Standard Route (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: May 11, 2008

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Comments: It would have been nice to run into a couple of old pitons. Maybe then I wouldn't have had to do a stomach crawl from the top of pitch two to the anchors. Did we get off route?


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Four Peaks Wilderness : Brown's Peak : The Ladybug (5.5)
By: Pete Hickman When: May 5, 2008

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Comments: For the third pitch I went pretty much straight up from the top of the large fallen block at the second belay. I am not sure this is the actual third pitch though because it looked like maybe the third might move around a little farther to the right.


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Icicle Creek : Dragontail Peak : Backbone Ridge (5.9)
By: Pete Hickman When: Apr 16, 2008

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Comments: Any idea what kind of snow conditions we might be looking at in the last week of May this year? Route doable?


Location: WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : Mt Stuart : Upper North Ridge w/Great G... (5.9)
By: Pete Hickman When: Apr 16, 2008

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Comments: Does anyone have an idea how doable this route might be in the last week of May this year?


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Winslow/ Hwy 87 : Jacks Canyon : Cracker Jack Cliffs : Sinker (5.5)
By: Pete Hickman When: Mar 6, 2008

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Comments: Its a great first lead because it is safe but if they are really conservative then they can still get a taste of the terror that is to come with future lead climbing.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Hidden Valley Campground : The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face : Buissonier (5.7)
By: Pete Hickman When: Feb 22, 2008

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Comments: It is an awesome climb, beginning would be sketchy if you don't protect it with a nut, no lie backing necessary, I think 5.7 is fair, easy to protect, and the descent looks much scarier than it is.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Phoenix Areas : Camelback Mountain : The Praying Monk : East Face (5.7 PG13)
By: Pete Hickman When: Jan 14, 2008

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Comments: I also don't see why this would be considered PG13. There are bolts and they are new as far as I can remember so I didn't feel like there was anything sketchy about this climb at all.


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