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Me on a belay ledge on Sharkstooth, Colorado, Sept. 2008.


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Last Visit: Mar 26, 2014
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Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willey
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 20, 2013

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Comments: What is the standard descent for Willey's Slide? are there rings and slings on trees off to the side? Or a walk off?


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willard : Left Hand Monkey Wrench (WI3)
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 19, 2013

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Comments: Question on the approach. Do you hike north along the train tracks, or do you scramble up to Lower Hitchcock from the tracks, hit the cliff band, then hike north? Sounds like the latter but wanted to check.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Adirondack Ice Climbing : Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond... : Chouinard's Gully (WI3)
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 11, 2013

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Comments: Please don't rap the route. This is a classic, busy route. No one wants people dropping bombs from above. There is a very easy walk-off to the left that brings you down near the base of Crystal Ice Tower.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi : f. Land of the Giants : Voyage of the Damned (5.11a PG13) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 11, 2013

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Comments: I'd love to know what's going on in this photo, because it certainly looks badass. Is the climber leading or following? I can't see a rope except the one he is trailing. and it looks like he's clipped directly into to pieces of gear. Looks like an insane climb. I just wish I knew what was going on.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : 3. High Wall Right : Osprey (5.6 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Sep 9, 2013

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Comments: I rewrote the description to two pitches, with one comfortable belay, and a second long pitch. Much better this way.


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face : West Pole (5.7+) : Photo (Copy)
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 11, 2013

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Comments: The red line does NOT show Conn's East. This photo shows the west face, and the route indicated is Conn's West.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Boulderado : Ho Hum (5.4) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Dec 22, 2010

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Comments: Nice butt shot.


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South End : Ecstasy (5.7)
By: Ross Purnell When: Aug 17, 2010

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Comments: This is probably my least favorite Seneca 5.7. The second belay station sucks. You can bypass it and go all the way to the top, but it's hell trying to communicate with your second.
It's too much traversing and not enough upward climbing, and the rock is funky.
Compare this to great lines like West Pole and it just doesn't cut it as a classic. Ecstasy Junior is more esthetically pleasing, and you can rap down to your bags afterward.


Location: Ladd Raine : My Fiancee and my climbing ... : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 23, 2010

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Comments: Hell yeah she is!


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : U Slot (5.7+ PG13) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: When I led this route, I used the crack on the arete to the the right of the shown route. That created a very heady runout section. Anyone know which is the correct way?


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Block Route (5.8- PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: This is more fun, and more mellow than U slot by a long shot. It has a single 5.8 move, the rest is easy climbing.


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Dirty Crack (5.8)
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2010

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Comments: I don't know why this is only a two-star climb. It's one of the best ways to get to Tree Ledge.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Mainliner (5.9)
By: Ross Purnell When: Mar 23, 2010

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Comments: Last summer I did Kor's Flake. Thought it was a fun climb, really had not much trouble with it. I'd like to try something else on Sundance . . . how big of a step up is this? I usually have trouble on 5.9s at the Gunks . . . .


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - East Face : Upper Broadway : Soler (5.7)
By: Ross Purnell When: Nov 30, 2009

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Comments: On p1, I went all the way to the chains on Conn's East. I considered backtracking to get onto the ramp, but there was chalk going straight up. The moves straight up onto the ramp were scary 5.8 with fall potential on the ledge, but definitely doable. Next time I will stop before the chains.


Location: MD : Rocks State Park : Pinnacle : Strawberry Jam (5.8+)
By: Ross Purnell When: Nov 16, 2009

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Comments: I can verify Frank's comment. I was leading Strawberry Jam yesterday, stuck a blue #3 Camalot into the wide spot under the flake and it looked and felt like a perfect placement. I climbed past it, fell, and the cam popped. No problem. I had more gear in the main crack below but won't place under that flake again.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Kor's Flake (5.7)
By: Ross Purnell When: Aug 2, 2009

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Comments: So I have read all the above comments about the scary 30-foot runout offwidth on Kor's Flake. I really want to do this climb in Sept. but Im not crazy about running it out that far into unknown terrain so I picked up a #4 Big Bro and #6 Camalot (previous biggest gear was #4 Camalot) just for this climb. Did I get the right size of gear? In the East we don't do many off-widths.


Location: Paul Brandstetter : Seneca Rocks Old School : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 23, 2009

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Comments: Paul,
So you are the one in the orange/yellow shirt?


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Boston (5.5 PG13)
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 22, 2009

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Comments: Despite the grade, this is a difficult (off width) climb to protect. I don't recommend leading it.


Location: PA : Chickies Rock : 4 Main Wall : Witches Brew (5.3 PG13) : Photo
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 21, 2009

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Comments: Pls rotate photo


Location: VA : Old Rag : Reflector Oven : Strawberry Fields (5.9+)
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 10, 2009

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Comments: I was here June 6, 2009. The stinging nettles along the path were chest-high all the way from the Ridge Trail, down the Bushwhack Trail all the way to the base of the Reflector Oven at the cave. It was cool and shady with no stinging nettles at the base of the climb.

Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts and you'll be fine. We had shorts and 15 minutes of discomfort both ways. Nobody at the climb...I guess with good reason.


Location: WV : Seneca Rocks : South Peak - West Face : Triple S (5.8+)
By: Ross Purnell When: Jun 1, 2009

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Comments: This is the most sustained pitch of 5.8 climbing I have ever done. It's like the forces of Nature collaborated to create this especially for climbers. Really amazing.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Annie Oh! (5.8+)
By: Ross Purnell When: May 26, 2009

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Comments: First pitch can also be wet. After rain the day before, p1 of Annie Oh! was wet. I got halfway up, then traversed over to p1 of Limelight and finished there. I also suggest doing Three Doves, Limelight, or Arrow as an alternate to p1 of Annie Oh! Second pitch was wonderful though.


Location: VA : Old Rag
By: Ross Purnell When: Apr 9, 2009

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Comments: Why does the overview say "beware of the directions in the Eric Horst book?" I followed those directions exactly and came to the Berry Hollow trailhead with no problems.