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Location: WV : The New River Gorge : Summersville and Gauley Riv... : Whippoorwill : Don Miron (5.11c)
By: Sam Stephens When: Dec 18, 2011

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Comments: Looks like a foot broke off under the roof a while ago, don't know for certain but there's one move that shut us down pretty hard.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Diamond Point : Remission (5.10b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Dec 12, 2011

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Comments: This is an amazing route, and definitely a must do.

A side note, I had to put my dog down this past October (2011) after his cancer came out of remission for the third time. We tossed his ashes off the top of this route as the fog was clearing in the Gorge on a beautiful and crisp morning.


Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Nautilus : Captain Nemo (5.10d)
By: Sam Stephens When: Aug 22, 2011

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Comments: Did pitch one, nothing but awesome.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Casual Route (5.10a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Aug 20, 2011

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Comments: Did this with my buddy Jordan the other week. Had a blast. This was how we pitched it out:

From Broadway, Jordan climbed to the base of the 5.9 finger cracks.

I led the 5.7 traverse into the 5.8 squeeze and continued up to the base of the 5.8 corners. Some simul-climbing was involved.

I led the 5.8 corner to the base of the crux pitch (YWBL), some simul-climbing was involved there too, no big deal.

Jordan led the crux pitch to the base of Table Ledge extended

I led the traverse over to Tabl... more >>


Location: MT : Paradise Valley : Allenspur : Main Crag : Climbing Club Route (5.8-)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jul 22, 2011

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Comments: Climbed this today. There's 10 or 12 bolts and chains. There are new blue boundary signs up that are before you get to blood and bolts, this is right directly in line with those signs. Fun route, good movement, and well bolted.


Location: MT : Paradise Valley : Allenspur : Main Crag : Sully's Route (5.10a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jul 22, 2011

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Comments: One of the absolute best at Allenspur.


Location: KY : Red River Gorge : Long Wall : B3 (5.11b PG13)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jun 20, 2011

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Comments: Gear spoiler for the top, plug a green alien size piece at the very bottom of the dihedral before you run to the chains.


Location: VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : A.V.P. Boulders : A.V.P. Boulder : Front Man (V5)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jun 3, 2011

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Comments: Killer line. Absolutely great.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Diamond Point : Leave it to Jesus (5.11c)
By: Sam Stephens When: May 8, 2011

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Comments: This thing is beyond stellar. In your face climbing off the bat leads to slightly easier, but great climbing to a rest. Rest up and get ready to fire the last bit of difficult climbing to the jug rail and enjoy good holds and good feet to the anchors out left.


Location: NC : Looking Glass Rock : Nose Area : Hyperbola (5.10a R)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 6, 2011

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Comments: Did the direct start to this today. If you add in the fear factor I think it bumps up a few letter grades. Stellar route though, no two ways around that. Had an interesting time working out the moves from the second bolt up to the finger crack. Hard tenuous, and scary. Amazing route.


Location: VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : Boneyard Area : Left Boneyard : Cap-Gun Boulder : Presidents Problem (V2)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 4, 2011

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Comments: Awkward and fun mantle


Location: VA : Grayson Highlands State Par... : A.V.P. Boulders : A.V.P. Boulder : Pocket Shot (V1-2)
By: Sam Stephens When: Apr 4, 2011

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Comments: Toe hook drop knee out high and right off the start is silly fun.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Jackrabbit Buttress : Geronimo (5.6)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 28, 2011

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Comments: I'm pretty sure I topped this route out all the way to where there were anchors to rap off of. First pitch was straightforward up the crack to a huge ledge. Second pitch, up the face and crack to a ledge, then head off again bypassing that belay stance to another large ledge. For the third pitch we went up to a left facing corner where I got a belay in a flake with some .75-1 size pieces on a small ledge. After that I headed just a little off to the right from the belay and then straight up the ... more >>


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Flakeview Area : Gift Certificate (5.8)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 24, 2011

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Comments: As of 3/23 there's a purple TCU stuck on this pitch. Tried to get it out but no luck.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Flakeview Area : Gunboat Diplomacy (5.10c/d)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 24, 2011

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Comments: Wound up out left of the second to last bolt. Skipped it because I was afraid things were going to start breaking off if I stayed too long. Top is excitingly fragile...

Did it in one mega pitch. Rope got realllll heavy up at the top.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Junkyard Area : Junkyard Wall : Team Jesus (5.10a PG13)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 21, 2011

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Comments: Gray DMM Peenut protects the highest part of the crack before the "crux".


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress : Fruit Loops (5.7+)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 5, 2011

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Comments: I thought the second pitch was way more fun than the first pitch. It's definitely worth doing. I just ran the whole thing into one long pitch


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Cereal Buttress : Obamanation (5.8)
By: Sam Stephens When: Mar 2, 2011

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Comments: Did the first pitch of this today. A bat flew out of the crack below the tree and almost hit my girlfriend in the face. Fun moves out the roof for sure.

Thought the roof moves felt like 5.9, only because there were no discernible feet when I came out the roof except for one dime edge.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Dixie Reality : Dixie Reality (5.12)
By: Sam Stephens When: Feb 21, 2011

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Comments: Any beta on finding this thing? Didn't notice it on my way to hanging chain yesterday.


Location: NC : Rumbling Bald : Screamweaver Area : Pumping In Rhythm (5.11b/c)
By: Sam Stephens When: Feb 10, 2011

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Comments: We got a #2 in a pod right in the middle of the traverse. I'm curious though. Does the route stay in the overhanging face to the right of the arete or traverse around the arete and mosey up the pebbly face to the top just lefft of the arete?


Location: Trip Reports : August trip to the Winds, a... : Post : Photo
By: Sam Stephens When: Feb 10, 2011

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Comments: Dude, I can't believe I'm looking at a picture from one of our bail rappel stations from the night my girlfriend and I had to rap Pingora in the dark. It's mind-blowing to see that again!


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bubba City : Head Wall : Skinhead Grin (5.11b)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: Keep it together after the roof and tricky corner. It isn't over until you're well into the slab at the top.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Bubba City : Sandstonia : Zeitgeist (5.10a)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: Worth doing, but easier than the Crescendo by a long shot if you climb smart.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Endless Wall : Fantasy Area : Doce Doe (5.9)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jan 31, 2011

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Comments: This is a good route to set up a TR on for beginners. Don't hog it on the weekends though because a lot of people use it for a warm up before Fantasy.


Location: WV : The New River Gorge : New River Gorge Proper : Beauty Mountain : Thunder Buttress : Super Crack (5.9+)
By: Sam Stephens When: Jan 21, 2011

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Comments: Brian and Ryan are right on about this route. The top is only hard because all of a sudden it's in your face unlike the rest of the route. People get to it and freak out, but if you climb smart it's just as chill as the rest of the route.

And FWIW, I've found plenty of stances that aren't "strenuous" to place gear.


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