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Member Since: Jan 9, 2008
Last Visit: 33 mins ago
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Point Rank: # 5,275
Total Points: 85
Last Year: 59
Last 30 Days: 8
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Areas = 15
Routes = 10
Photos = 5
Page Improvements = 3
Comments = 1

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All 518 | Routes 2 | Areas | Photos 11 | Page Improvements | Comments 10 | Posts 141 | Stars 193 | Ratings 161

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Location: CO : Grand Junction Area : Escalante Canyon : Cabin Wall : Four-Wheel Low (5.10)
By: Ray Lovestead When: 2 days ago

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Comments: I would add that if you have large knees (and even calves), you will have a HELL of a time getting the top crux. I was doing a bizarre hand stack with zero feet and humping the hands up. I wasn't able to get a knee or even a calf in until I was nearly at the chains. 5.11 for me.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : The Umph Slot (5.10)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Oct 1, 2015

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Comments: Climbed it again today. I think I may actually be getting worse at climbing. This climb is some kind of terrible misery that can only be appreciated when looking down at your partner and laughing like some kind of crazy person.

I was on Crack of Fear two weeks ago and found it to be 'easier' than this.

Location: NM : Gallup Area : Mentmore : New Side : The Monolith : ... : Photo
By: Ray Lovestead When: Sep 28, 2015

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Comments: In order to get the second ascent, do I have to buy a 2002 Mercury Sable? Or can I use a 1999 Toyota Corolla?

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : The Umph Slot (5.10)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Sep 7, 2015

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Comments: I feel the need to provide my witness (Hallelujah).

I'm 5'8" and 180 and couldn't get anywhere but on the outside of this thing. Feels like 5.15 to me. I'm going to go home regroup.


P.S. Sure were a lot of cobwebs on it. Does anyone actually climb this thing anymore?

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Security Risk Massif : Higher Security Risk : Evolution (5.11c)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Nov 5, 2012

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Comments: 2012 - clean as a whistle. Ready for prime time and totally worth it.

Two distinct cruxes that are worth the effort of figuring out. I give it 2.5 stars. More if it was longer.

Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Lower Blair II : A Thing of Beauty (5.10b/c)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Aug 9, 2010

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Comments: I dislocated my shoulder on this one in the squeeze. Blew out the labrum and stretched out everything else. Surgery, recovery, I'll be back.

Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Lower Blair I, II, III, and... : Photo
By: Ray Lovestead When: Oct 21, 2008

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Comments: What are you reaching for in this shot? What is that behind you?

Location: Ray Lovestead : birds : Photo
By: Ray Lovestead When: May 27, 2008

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Comments: Baby Red Tailed Hawk on a climb in Penitente

Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Ian's Climb (5.8+)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Mar 9, 2008

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Comments: Super fun, rare, fist-sized crack climb. Definitely 5.7. Called "Ian's Climb" in the Shelf Road Rock book.

Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : ... : Second Pinnacle East Face (5.7 R)
By: Ray Lovestead When: Jan 27, 2008

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Comments: Some 5.8 moves up with poor pro in places. Negotiating underneath the tree is getting harder as the years go by.

Both the 1st and 2nd pitches have really run out sections. Be confident at the grade and you'll be fine. I'd never trust putting an Alien or TCU in the piton scars, flares too much.

I recommend doing it in 3 pitches. The route zig zags around and generates lots of rope drag. Single eyebolt for rapping at the peak.

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