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Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Storm King : Northeast Ridge (5.8+ PG13)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Aug 8, 2012

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Comments: Fun route. Did it in a day from Beartown (FYI, don't get up to Beartown from the Creede side...road is really bad) in 12.5hrs. Finding the trail up Stormy Gulch in the dark is hard, even after having been there before. The climb was mostly 4th and lower 5th with a few pitches of 5.6 and 5.8 thrown in. My partner was much shorter than me and was afraid to make the airy step from the tower back to the wall, so, I put in an anchor and lowered her. Anchor should still be there. The route goes ... more >>


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Northern San Juans : Lizard Head
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: Rope soloed this one a few yrs ago after my partner bailed a few hundred feet from the start of the climb. He blamed the altitude, but I think it was lack of courage, haha. First pitch was VERY fun and solid. The 3rd class, scree scramble what the scariest part. I the 5.7, ledges variation to the summit was pretty easy to climb and downclimb. After looking at the anchors on the summit, I think I would have downclimbed even with a rope (I left it fixed at the first pitch).


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : Mount Sneffels : North Buttress (5.6)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: Love this route. Have done it a couple of times. First time I ever attempted it, in mid July, I got caught in a major ice storm that covered the peak in and inch of ice. Had to downclimb 5.6 terrain. Was scary as hell!! Every other time, had perfect weather.....


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Arrow Peak : North Ridge (5.6)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: Did this route a coupld of weeks ago. You can easily make it harder (5.7/8) by picking specific lines. Great route tho on perfect rock. I think a solo of this route, Wham Ridge direct line and NF of W Trinity in a day would be the perfect trifecta.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : The Crestones : Crestone Peak / North Pilla... (5.8 R)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: Did this climb last summer and it was a lot of fun. Good pro and solid rock. Pretty much the same route as the one pitured on the page, but, for the 1st pitch, we took the left side. It was definitely around 5.8. Wouldn't really give it an R rating though.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Needles : Jagged Mountain
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 13, 2012

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Comments: Did Jagged car-to-car from Vallecito via Leviathan Cr. 13.5hrs round trip. Long day. The trail up Leviathan is actually really good for about 2/3 of the way to the lake. Then it peeters out.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : West Trinity Peak : North Face of West Trinity ... (Easy 5th)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 3, 2012

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Comments: I liked this route. Gets away from the crowds on Wham (ok...like there are crowds in the Grenadiers...) and is very similar climbing. Getting through the cliffbands is fun and interesting. No rope needed if you are an experienced climber, but, it will be an X rating at that point.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Vestal Peak : Wham Ridge (5.4 R)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 3, 2012

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Comments: The only way you could give this route and R, is if you are roping up. If you fall without a rope in some spots, it's an X. However, no one uses a rope as it's not really needed if you have some climbing experience. A non-climber "peak bagger" could get hosed on this route. Someone died here a few yrs ago. Anyway, I seriously don't know where the 5.4 rating comes from. It's just "easy fifth class" (is there any such thing as 5.4? haha).


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Vestal Peak : Center Shift on Wham Ridge (5.7 R)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 3, 2012

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Comments: I agree, I have climbed 4 different "variations" all over that face and I have never climbed harder than 5.6 there.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : San Juans : The Grenadiers : Storm King : North Face (5.7+)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Jul 3, 2012

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Comments: I climbed the NR of Storm King a few yrs ago. Here is a link to a write-up I did about it...summitpost.org/north-face/2190....