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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
Last Visit: Aug 18, 2014
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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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From the Trango B52 FAQ

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 72
Hey Ranger! 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
  Jul 27 - Finished in downpour. Almost hit by huge rock after rap.
South Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
  Jul 25 - Wild! Belayer mobbed by tourists. Rappel lands on a sidewalk. Worn handholds.
Tired Arms Recovery Program (T.A.R.P.) 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
  Jul 25 - Jul 25, 2014 Jul 25, 2014 Niew to Shelf. Good route minus the dirty ledge, soft 5.9
Billy Goat Arete 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
  May 27 - Eva's 2nd multi-pitch, cool splitter handcrack.
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East Face/Back Porch 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
South Face 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Southeast Ridge 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
Inwood Arete 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
Devil's Spiral 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
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Biscuits 'n' Gravy 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
North East Gully 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13
Fatironette 4th 1 2 I 2 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 10 VD 3c
Maroon Ridge 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Angel's Way 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
East Face North Side/Seal Rock 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Yodeling Moves 5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c
5.10 Crack aka "Thin Fingers" 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b C1  Suggests: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C1
Tired Arms Recovery Program (T.A.R.P.) 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Suggests: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Left Side 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Suggests: 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
5.8 Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Suggests: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Left Handed Jew 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Suggests: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
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