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Member Since: Jan 19, 2006
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Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Curvaceous (5.11c/d)
By: Sam Benedict When: Jun 22, 2009

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Comments: Oh Mountain Project – sigh…how I love these little discussions. This is what climbing is all about right here: bickering endlessly about some numbers followed by letters that don’t make a shit-bit of difference. This is one of the coolest routes at the wall – excepting the stupidly misplaced bolt down low. Getting to campus the last roof alone makes the route worth doing. God bless all you MP swine.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : ... : Halls of Poison Ivy (5.2)
By: Sam Benedict When: May 28, 2009

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Comments: I wanted to go check out the amphitheater the other day, but it was closed, I almost cried. So I ended up going up the fourth pinnacle or what ever the hell this is and did this route. It was fun. The ivy was dead. I was very dismayed however to find a monstrously contrived and unsightly sport route on the south edge of this formation. I also found a large wad of webbing at the summit – I guess somebody couldn’t sack up for the 4th class downclimb. I stole the webbing because it looked more like... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Armory : Fission aka Ken T'ank (5.12c)
By: Sam Benedict When: May 20, 2009

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Comments: Bitchin’ route. I think the upper crux is just as difficult as the first but in a tottaly different way. The variation to the left actually looks kind of cool.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Rebel Wall
By: Sam Benedict When: May 18, 2008

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Comments: This is actually a nifty little crag, and it actually does sit right above Pete's Wicked Cave. The approach is from the next pulloff after the one with the black boulder (as for Pete's). These lines look like they would become a little more comfortable with some traffic.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s : Ten-Digit Dialing (5.12c)
By: Sam Benedict When: Mar 27, 2008

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Comments: I hate this climb with all my heart. It is a fine route...for me to poop on.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Monkey House : Schwing Salute (5.11c)
By: Sam Benedict When: Mar 27, 2008

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Comments: Yes, quite fun.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Monkey House : The Reward aka Convicted Fe... (5.12b)
By: Sam Benedict When: Mar 27, 2008

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Comments: F'in fantastic! The crux is all in the foot work. This would be an impressive onsight.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : The Highlands aka Highlande... : Job Security (5.11)
By: Sam Benedict When: Mar 20, 2008

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Comments: This is a pretty bitchin' little climb. Best done as one long pitch I'd say. The crux at the 3rd clip is hilarious, and probably easier if your tall.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Rincon : Rincon - L of Center Route : N.I.C (5.5)
By: Sam Benedict When: Jan 31, 2008

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Comments: Neat pitch. The chimney above is actualy pretty cool but should probably be done as a separate pitch. And, yes, getting to the base of the chimney from the top of NIC is a bitch and very loose. And above that, starting on the "walk off ledge" is a third pitch that has seen only two ascents that I know of; it goes at about 5.8 PG-13 and has quite a bit of loose rock and shrubbery, very fun climbing though. Rap off a tree to get down.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Scarface : Big Guy (5.11-)
By: Sam Benedict When: Nov 27, 2007

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Comments: This is one wicked-bad route. Totally Bitchin'. I don't recall ever working so hard for an onsight (or anything else for that matter). I had to stop twice near the top to try to puke, but alas, nothing came up, so i kept on truckin' in a true blue-collar style. To call this climb sustained would be an offensive understatement. It's one of those climbs where no one move is harder than 10+, but EVERY move is 10+, and the fucker is 120' long! And apparently there is more, a higher set of anchors f... more >>


Location: CO : South Platte : Turkey Rocks : Turkey Tail : Quiver and Quill (5.10c)
By: Sam Benedict When: Nov 13, 2007

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Comments: This is such a cool line. Easy and solid gear makes it feel rather sporty. Big moves between sinker jams is the way to do it. It does not need much gear (0.5-4 Camalot, about 4-6 pieces), but be careful, the ground is never very far away. Freakin' badass, but something has to be done about the anchor situation. The present anchor is in a retarded location, and one of the bolts is a goddamn star drive.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Independence Wall : Campaign Trail (5.11a)
By: Sam Benedict When: Oct 19, 2007

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Comments: I think it is absolutely hilarious that this and Lady Liberty, are considered different routes!? How incredibly contrived. What is the world coming to? Very depressing.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall : Monkey Wrench (5.11c)
By: Sam Benedict When: Oct 19, 2007

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Comments: This is a pretty rad line. In good weather the slopers are extremely positive, almost like jugs. most of the climbing is kind of powerful and fairly obvious, with some trickery right of the ground and right before the anchors. It also serves as a much friendlier warm up than Power Trip.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : MBA Buttress : Shadow of a Hangdog (aka Fa... (5.10a/b)
By: Sam Benedict When: Sep 26, 2007

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Comments: This is probably the coolest route at N. Table. It’s really not that hard if you know how to rock climb (bwah ha ha). You only need to make one ring lock move, or you could lay it back and it would be like 10+. Or you could aid up it using only knotted webbing (H to the C).


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Cannonball (5.10a)
By: Sam Benedict When: Sep 13, 2007

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Comments: I reckon its a good idear to belay under the roof as a short second pitch, otherwise you could easily hit the ramp with 60' of rope stretch.
The hardest moves are getting of the ramp and into the crack, fairly awkward.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Physical Crag
By: Sam Benedict When: Apr 18, 2007

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Comments: So some hommies and I were up here last Sunday with the intention of climbing Bacon and Eggs but decided that we lacked the proper pro. In effort to quench our thirst for the wideness we hopped on another wide one just to the right of Bacon and Eggs. It is left-leaning and slightly overhanging for about 25 feet up to a mild top out. It was filled with lichen which made for a very uncomfortable lead attempt. We didn't see it in the guide book or on this site. Does anyone know anything about this ... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Overhang Area : Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut (5.11c)
By: Sam Benedict When: Dec 14, 2006

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Comments: This is no doubt one of the best routes at the Table, if not THE best. It has been a project of mine since I started climbing, and is one hell of a testpiece. It is fair to say it's harder than 11c due to the baby-bottom like texture of most of the holds, and the very beta-intensive nature of the route. But if you put everything together smoothly (on a cool day), it can actually feel like 11c.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Primo Wall : City Slickers (5.12a)
By: Sam Benedict When: Dec 11, 2006

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Comments: This was the first 12a that I actually sent. It seems to be a good one for breaking into the grade. Not as glorious as it could be, being as short as it is. But whatever, it's still a 12a in my book. The setting up to go to the pocket and the tricky mantle certainly warrant the grade.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Supremacy Rock : Supremacy Crack (5.11b)
By: Sam Benedict When: Nov 26, 2006

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Comments: Insanely Awesome. I consider myself a fairly strong crack climber, but this thing whooped my ass something proper. This is the first Eldo 11 I've tried to lead, and now is the nostalgic ground of my first real whips on gear. I'll be back for it. I refuse to consider myself a real climber until I can solo this climb in flip flops.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part E - top t... : Bushwack Crack (5.8 PG13)
By: Sam Benedict When: Nov 5, 2006

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Comments: Really fun route. I don't know why anyone would not climb the crack left of the "claw". It seems the most obvious line and is definitely the best part of the climb. To me, there wasn't really anything PG about this route. The first pitch protected incredibly well. As for the second pitch, my partner lead it (with only a couple of trad leads under his belt at the time) totally stress-free. He climbed BEHIND a giant flake that spits you out 25' left at the base of the little dihedral. The flake pr... more >>


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Touch 'N' Go (5.8+)
By: Sam Benedict When: Nov 5, 2006

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Comments: Lead it on the way up to the Naked Edge. Thought it to be quite dope. If you told me the second thin dihedral pitch was 10a I would believe you. That said, I certainly would not dispute the 8+ grade, sandbagging is what makes the world go round, and it is part of what makes climbing fun. I was stoked to have some RPs on my rack they seemed to make the difference between being safe or not.


Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Brown Cloud Rocks : Top Rope Face (aka Rising P... (5.11a/b)
By: Sam Benedict When: Sep 18, 2006

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Comments: If this is the route just right of the Big Dihedral, and I think it is, then I have some news. The route has been bolted, badly, not only should this be a trad route, but one of anchor bolts is in very bad shape. It's totally loose. I don't know too much about bolts, but I would assume that the nut should not be adjustable by girly fingers. I started tightening it, but that only made the bolt come out further, and I'm guessing that is a bad thing. Somebody who knows what they are doing should c... more >>


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Easy Jam (5.4)
By: Sam Benedict When: Aug 9, 2006

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Comments: Probably easier to solo than to lead.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Stinkzig (5.6)
By: Sam Benedict When: Aug 9, 2006

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Comments: This is kind of an awful pitch but sort of amusing for that reason. [It was a] little insecure at times. I remember a committing transition to the “handcrack”. I accidentally attained a full-body jam (got stuck) where the chimney narrows. It would have been an awesome rest had I been able to breathe. Then, the parabolic slab is always fun.


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall : Question Authority (5.12a)
By: Sam Benedict When: Aug 1, 2006

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Comments: Hardest 12a I've been on.


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