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Member Since: Jan 20, 2010
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Contributed Photos

Photo Caption Location Date
Chillin out under one of the roofs on Triple Treat

Chillin out under one of the roofs on Triple Treat

WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Triple Treat (5.10a)

Jan 26, 2010

My brother coming up third on Ritz

My brother coming up third on Ritz

WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Ritz Cracker (5.9)

Jan 26, 2010

Top half of Melifluous

Top half of Melifluous

WV : The New River Gorge : ... : Mellifluous (5.11a)

Jan 24, 2010

Contributed Comments

 

Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bridge Area : Bridge Buttress : Angel's Arete (5.10a R)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: Super route, but that flake is on its way out. It's super flexy, moving about 1/4" by just pulling against it. Luckily you can stack bomber gear for the run out in the good horizontal. Not all that death defying, but definitely spicy.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : Third Buttress : Starry (5.12a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 14, 2014

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Comments: The sit/lay down rest above the 4th or 5th bolt is great. The climbing to that point isn't that difficult, but you can get almost everything back right there.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bubba City : Ames Wall : Radial Rimmed (5.10c)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 13, 2014

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Comments: Slicker than owl shit on a river rock...


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Summersville and Gauley Riv... : Summersville Lake : The Long Wall : Fifty Fifty (5.11b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 13, 2014

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Comments: Won't do this one ever again... Never should have been bolted.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Fern Point : Linear Encounters (5.11a PG13)
By: Sam Stephens When: Feb 26, 2014

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Comments: Am I the only one who thought this was really hard for 11a? I mean it was just flat out tough.


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Pulpit (5.8)
By: Sam Stephens When: Dec 29, 2013

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Comments: Got off route and went up and right when we should have gone left on the second pitch. Wound up doing the sermon, which was pretty strung out to the Oasis, but really good too.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : Third Buttress : Vanished (5.11c)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: Fun, engaging, and with you too the end. Good route, very solid 11c.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : Third Buttress : Half Mast (5.12b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 30, 2013

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Comments: Tough off the bat with a not obvious start and fun roof climbing.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : South Side Crags : Area 51 : Made in The Shade (5.12d)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 11, 2013

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Comments: I'll respectfully disagree with the criticism of this route. You come to area 51, you better know you're getting some glued on holds. That being said, the climbing is fun, continuous and yes fairly straight forward. Enjoy it for what it is and you'll have a great time on it. Leave your ethics at the door if you're planning on climbing here, or half the meadow for that matter


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Summersville and Gauley Riv... : Summersville Lake : The Long Wall : Six Dollars (5.11d)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 11, 2013

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Comments: The move to the top is definitely tough, but the placemen of the new anchors in relation to the original anchors (6" lower) makes me believe that if you can clip them from there, then do it.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Kaymoor : Rico Suave Buttress : Preparation H (5.12a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Aug 19, 2013

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Comments: Great rock, fun movement, good crux. Blows pockets out of the water for sure. If you're there and it's not raining, do this route.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : South Side Crags : Area 51 : Instant Gratification (5.11b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jul 16, 2013

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Comments: A geat route for sure, but no legacy. Worth the trip none the less. A great wam up for the harder routes or just a good ride any time.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Snake Buttress : ... : Photo
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 15, 2013

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Comments: Killbutt shot Joe! F yeah!


Location: WV : Bozoo : Double-Tier Wall : Bone Machine (5.11-)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 18, 2013

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Comments: Fun climb, next time I'm in Blacksburg I really need to get back to Bozoo.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Flash Point Area : Flash Point (5.11d)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jan 12, 2013

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Comments: The best route at the grade in the Gorge. Constant, varied, sustained but with a few good rests. Not 12a, definitely not compared to any 12a on Endless. Throw a shoulder length sling on the bolt after the leftward traverse and the rope will run fairly good, long runners down low would be nice but not necessary.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : First Buttress : Black Crack (5.12c)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 25, 2012

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Comments: To say I got my ass whooped may be an understatement, but this line is COOL!

Got on the other week and had some pump management issues followed by a dirty crack at the top that I couldn't lock into. Those are my excuses.

Really though, it's hard, but really good.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Fern Point - Party Buttress : Premarital Bliss (5.9+)
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 21, 2012

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Comments: Have fun at the finish!


Location: WV : The New River Gorge
By: Sam Stephens When: Sep 18, 2012

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Comments: I wouldn't do a lot of stuff at Endless with a 50. A bunch of popular routes a 60 barely gets you down. Most routes at Fern a 50 would probably be fine. Take the 60 as your personal item (think purse or small bag) as a carry on if weight is a huge issue. A 60 doesn't add much over a 50 weight wise though in all reality. Carry on your climbing gear if your pack isn't massive too.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Cotton Top : Intergalactic Orcas (5.12b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Aug 14, 2012

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Comments: Didn't feel like a single move easier than V3 (and mostly V4) after the first bolt... Seriously.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Meadow River Gorge : Upper Meadow : Third Buttress : The Prow (5.12b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jul 22, 2012

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Comments: 11 bolts on it as of today. Some long slings in the slab help drag.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bridge Area : Maranatha Area : Agent Orange (5.12a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jun 25, 2012

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Comments: Managed to bag this after long being intimidated by it. TRd it once three years ago when it was way way above me, took an end of the day run on it the other week and sent in less than optimal temps Sunday. Easily done with 6 pieces that are beyond bomber, plus the fixed nut if you know where to look. I agree the crack may be prone to skating some cams, but the right placements won't allow a cam to skate. Don't be afraid to climb a little instead of placing gear every move and you'll be fine.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bridge Area : Bridge Buttress : Marionette (5.11c PG13)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jun 4, 2012

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Comments: Great route, got it second go. Gear down low is definitely nice,but please warn everyone before giving play by play beta of routes. That's a lot of freaking beta.


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