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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Cerberus Gendarme : Tales of Flails (5.10)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Fun climb. Much better than it looks.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Cerberus Gendarme : The Fat Hedral (5.10c/d)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: I agree, this is a great climb! Lots of variety in crack size and moves.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Cerberus Gendarme : Fails of Power (5.11c)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: I'd give this 11+ (never believed in a/b/c/d ratings for trad climbs below 5.12) and that is just to pull the roof and get to the anchors. You will definitely think you are at IC on this one.....oh yeah......except for the 1,000 times better view!


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Cerberus Gendarme : Cynthia's Hand Job (5.10)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: Loved this route. The first pitch is much better than it looks from the road. The 2nd pitch is amazing. Take a #4 and #5 camalot for the short o/w section. I took 4x #2s and that seemed ok. FYI, if your partner wants a gear anchor at the base of P2 (it's just a little exposed) then you will need another #4 and #5 camalot.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Mount Carmel Tunnel : Cragmont : Lap Dance (5.11-)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: P1 is one of my favorite pitches in Zion. Love this climb. One of the best routes in the Cragmont area.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Mount Carmel Tunnel : Cragmont : The Gypsy's Curse (5.10)
By: Ray Hellinger When: 1 day ago

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Comments: The 4th pitch kinda looked like junk. We didn't bother. The 2nd pitch is pretty amazing. Very enduro for its grade. 3 x #3 and #4 camalots we perfect for me (doubles of the rest). The #4s were tight, but worked. Old BD 3.5s would be ideal.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Temple of Sinawava : Monkeyfinger (5.12)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Mar 10, 2015

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Comments: One of the best climbs I've done. I didn't lead the 3rd pitch, or the monkey finger pitches, but I had to French free a short section of each. The 4th pitch was pretty enduro for me.....and yes, the belay at the top blows. Make some stirrups to stand in or your legs will go numb. Didn't do the last pitch. Didn't seem worth it......and we were beat, ha!


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Kung Fu Theater : Inner Chi (5.11)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: Ok....this was f-ing hard at the top. I'd give it a 11+. Super fun crack, then burly stemming through the upper section. The biggest cam you need is 0.5 camalots. The crack just gets smaller from there.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence : Gunswinger (5.10)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: Super fun. Solid 5.10. Good warm up for Crimson King.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence : Crimson King (5.11)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: I loved this climb. Reminds me of Indian Creek. The upper section is deceptively hard.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence : Smashmouth (5.11a)
By: Ray Hellinger When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: The block on the first pitch fell out. It is a thin hands splitter in the back of a flare now. Goes at 5.10. Not trying to be a sandbagged, but, this climb is not 5.11. 10+ at the most. If Crimson King and Inner Chi are both 5.11, this climb is only 5.10. Super fun and highly recommended!


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....


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