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This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!


Member Since: Oct 16, 2007
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Photo Albums by Rick Blair    
Me rap'ing from the 3rd.  Taken by John Brooks. Oct 2007

Flatirons
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John Brooks (right) and I atop Mount of the Holy Cross.  Triumphant after our ascent of the Cross Couloir.  I think Dave was taking the picture. July 6 2008

Alpine Adventures
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Random Stuff
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Papa's hair works great for balance while putting on gear.

Kids
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Out There
RECENT TICKS - Show on map<< VIEW ALL 67
Biscuits 'n' Gravy 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
  Sep 27 - Kale's first lead.
Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II MD 2a
  Aug 17 - Brad's first mulitipitch, 30 Meter rope 3 pitches
Queen's Way Steep Snow
  Jul 22 - w/John, used as approach to dickers peck and hasty retreat from storm
Yodeling Moves 5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c
  Jul 19 - W/John roped. Awesome summit!
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East Face/Back Porch 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b
The East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
South Face 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
Southeast Ridge 5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c
Inwood Arete 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c R
Devil's Spiral 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
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Biscuits 'n' Gravy 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
North East Gully 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c PG13
Fatironette 4th 1 2 I M 1b
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Approach to Climbers Access trail, after you leave double track part where the vehicle turn around terminates.   When you hit the first large rock outcropping, go right.  It goes behind the stump in the photo.  This is the slightly exposed walk off for the Ranch Hand.  Hand and footholds are abundant.  4th class.  Start of the route from the Climbers Access trail.  Follow the crack toward the trees.  Alternative and better approach from Mesa Trail instead of Skunk Canyon.  Spread out and go easy on the meadow.  There is no trail here.  Right after switchback coming up out of the Skunk Canyon drainage from NCAR, look up hill for the double trunked Ponderosa pine, head straight for Hillbilly Rock.  Start of route.  This shows what we did with a 30M rope.  That belay is 100 feet, a 60M would get you to a large ledge up twice as high.  You can see a little wet spot by Ken, this was right after a downpour.  Does this look 4th class to you? 
East Face (Standard) 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
East Face North Side/Seal Rock 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
Maroon Ridge 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
Angel's Way 5.2 3 8 II D 2c
Wind Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
5.10 Crack aka "Thin Fingers" 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b C1  Suggests: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a C1
Left Side 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  Suggests: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c
Left Handed Jew 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  Suggests: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c
Wind Ridge 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  Suggests: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c
5.8 Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  Suggests: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c
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