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Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Valley Massif : Hammer (5.8+)
By: Ryan Sather When: Jun 1, 2015

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Comments: Love this climb, and I finally got it clean. The first time I tried it the 2nd pitch spanked me, and I fell out! Used 2 #5s and a #6 and was very well protected. We lowered off and climbed Tool or Die. Was a great way to get three pitches in. I feel like might just be able to call myself a 5.8 climber now.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Tail : Sidewinder (5.10-)
By: Ryan Sather When: Apr 15, 2015

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Comments: The 9+ rating is spot on for a climb of this style. I thought getting through the thin hands to the chimney pod was the most mentally challenging for myself but was surprisingly protectable. I brought singles up to a #1 Camalot and doubles in #2- #6 Camalots and an extra #5 Wild Country. This thing would take a lot of #5s if you were so inclined.


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Perch : Sangaphogos aka Easy Off-Wi... (5.6)
By: Ryan Sather When: Apr 6, 2015

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Comments: I thought this thing was great! I brought some nuts, single 1 and 2, two #3s, two #4s, BD #5, WC #5, BD #6, and WC #6. I think I placed everything but the 3s and the BD #6. Sure, the gear was overkill (probably can protect with smaller gear), but I knew nothing about the climb. I will never turn down a chance to get in some wide crack and practice jamming, armbarring, and heel toe cams. How else are you supposed to practice? This thing was a fun romp wit... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : Sooberb Lite (5.8)
By: Ryan Sather When: Apr 6, 2015

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Comments: I really enjoy linking pitches 1 and 2, but I do have to agree it is probably not best for a new/ beginner leader. I have linked pitches one and two twice now without placing anything near or by the sick flake (not sure why one would place anything in the sick flake), but once the flake is surmounted and one is under the dihedral if everything is slung correctly and the the rope drag is minimal, it makes for and amazing pitch of free climbing. I tried to get my GF to lead this thinking it would ... more >>


Location: CO : Denver South : Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire : Castlewood Capers (5.11a)
By: Ryan Sather When: Jan 11, 2015

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Comments: This a short, good, quality climb with a short crux. I opted to stay slightly left and hit a pinch and then up to the rail and continued to cross over along the rail to the mantle. The position of the bolts are right were you need them.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part C - Pony ... : Sooberb (5.10c)
By: Ryan Sather When: Dec 21, 2014

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Comments: Did this climb for the first time on Friday and thought it was amazing! Regarding gear on the last pitch. Not sure where I would have placed a 3 or a 3.5 to protect the crux. This also seems more of an overhanging face climb under the lip and only required jamming closer to the lip/ exiting the lip. A red X4 was my first piece, and a blue Alien seemed to fit perfectly in the thin crack to the left. There is a fixed ball nut that I lowered on, because I left my slings on the ledge...(DOH!!!). I t... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Holdout : Wright of Thick and Thin (5.7+)
By: Ryan Sather When: Nov 4, 2014

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Comments: My buddy and I did this route in 2 pitches. Linking the final pitches was maze-like, and I am not sure how well it would have protected a fall, but it made the whole process go a lot faster. If I remember correctly, we rappelled off the opposite side down Beef Eater. I thought this was a quality OW and was surprised to find that there was little written about in on MP. I think bringing either singles up to a six or bring 2 fives if you got em'. Six protect the opening OW well while still allowin... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Blair (overview) : Upper Blair : John's Tower : Big House (5.7)
By: Ryan Sather When: Sep 23, 2014

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Comments: Seems consistent with other 5.7s at the Voo.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Sweet Finish (5.7)
By: Ryan Sather When: Sep 23, 2014

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Comments: There is also an OW section on the right of the little boulder that gets one to the flake. Was good practice and and awkward size and adds little to the climb.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Poland Hill : Ape Walk (5.9+)
By: Ryan Sather When: Sep 23, 2014

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Comments: Doesn't seem as hard as the other 9+ around the Voo. Maybe because of length or the fact you have other things to stem off of. Entrance into the crack I could see being the most challenging "cruxish" part of the climb. Great fun and practice for OW.


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Monitor Rock : Trailhead Wall
By: Ryan Sather When: Sep 4, 2014

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Comments: Regarding the descent if one is doing longer routes like TT and Mother Load: even though there are nice bolts up and down this whole formation, I recommend doing the walk off. If one goes towards the opposite side of the formation once at the top, you will be able to follow different ledges and tiers eventually linking up with a game trail. Continue to follow that down, and it will spit you off around to where the nose and other moderate climbs start. Hope this is helpful! If walking off mother ... more >>


Location: CO : Independence Pass : Monitor Rock : Trailhead Wall : Mother Lode (5.10)
By: Ryan Sather When: Sep 4, 2014

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Comments: Had to leave an over camed blue X4 on the beginning of pitch 2. It helps the opening moves keeping one off the ground. If anyone does ever get it out and would like to return it to me, that would be great! Thanks!


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Saddle Rocks Area : Saddle Rocks : ... : If You see Crow, Bark! (5.10b X)
By: Ryan Sather When: Dec 13, 2013

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Comments: Made the same mistake of thinking this route was Walk on the Wild Side(guess you go more left?), so keep that in mind if you don't want to open up a can of worms. Couldn't help but wonder why this climb wasn't cleaner when it was supposed to be so popular, but upon reading the description it is a lot clearer what route I was on. This thing was run out, dirty, and a mental battle. Regardless this route was a rewarding lead and I probably wouldn't have gone for it if I knew the grade. Only did the... more >>


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