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Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Columbia Mountains : ... : Photo
By: Scott McMahon When: Mar 20, 2014

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Comments: Brilliant


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Sport Park : Surprising Crag : ... : Frictionary (5.7)
By: Scott McMahon When: Aug 26, 2013

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Comments: I agree with Paul. (BETA) The arete has steeper more committing moves, but if you go right, you end up in the blank friction zone. Felt like a pretty solid 5.7 even as short as it is.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : Indian Peaks : Arapahoe Peaks : Skywalker Couloir
By: Scott McMahon When: Jun 26, 2013

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Comments:
Skywalker, 6/25/13.
Skywalker, 6/25/13.


Skywalker #2, 6/25/13.
Skywalker #2, 6/25/13.



Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : West Chimney (5.6)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 30, 2012

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Comments: There is also a TV-sized block at the east end of Red Ledge. Probably just a matter of time before it goes down the West Chimney.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : Dirty Deed (5.6)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 30, 2012

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Comments: Summit rap anchors have the worst rope pull from friction I've ever seen. Expect difficult pulls the entire rope length.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Swanson Arete (5.5)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 30, 2012

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Comments: Rope pull on the summit rap anchors is incredibly difficult. I've never had such a hard time pulling a rope through due to friction.

I don't recommend the east slab "walk off" descent. The way we went basically was the equivilant of downclimbing the Second Flatiron, with some mid-5th class and very sketchy moves in places. Very long descent. This is not the easy or fast way down. Do it once and rap any other time.

There is also a TV-sized block at the east end of Red Ledge. Probably jus... more >>


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Jurassic Park - Lily Lake
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 21, 2012

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Comments: I've always loved this place, but it's a gym now. Top ropes on most of the moderate lines. We try to lead then move on but everything was being occupied by huge groups.

Better mid week.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Watermark : Glennevere (5.8+)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 19, 2012

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Comments: Basically one long boulder problem. Really fragmented in its flow, but wouldn't hurt to climb it.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Across from The Bihedral ak...
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 12, 2012

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Comments: FYI, the tree stand for the tyrolean is broken (7/12/12). Also, there is a death block to the right of Reunion that is quite loose.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Across from The Bihedral ak... : Unknown Far Right aka Dexte... (5.3)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: Led up this just to clean the anchors. Probably one move of 5.3 and then not any harder than walking around the back. It should be called this "it is what it is", since that's pretty much the deal. Great for new leaders. You can lead up to the first bolt then combine the line w/ Nurse Nikki (5.5) for a really safe first lead.


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Across from The Bihedral ak... : Unknown 5 Arete aka Nurse J... (5.5)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: I wouldn't quite give it a bomb, but the little roof is the 5.5 move and after that it's done. But it's a great for new leaders.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.9 Face (5.9)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: Up to the first bolt is tricky. I must have kept starting wrong as I thought the climbing was easier after the first bolt. Cool rails and crips, with a fun sequence. Good rests and clipping stances, but it's pretty sustained for the short pitch.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.8 Crack (5.8)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 2, 2012

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Comments: There is also a second loose rock on the top 1/3 of the pitch. It's about a book-sized chockstone in the main crack, just before the roof. Mostly still solid, but it does shift and will get worse with more use as a hand and foothold.

FYI, the broken hold at the top makes the top out much harder and more difficult to protect. New leaders can escape to the right if necessary.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : Third Pinnacle
By: Scott McMahon When: Jun 1, 2012

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Comments: So, there is a refrigerator-sized death block sitting on the climber's left of the thin crack that seems to be completely disconnected. I know it's been there for quite some time, but it's resting only on a few inches of block and most likely only held down by its weight. Additionally, it's resting on a good amount of fist-sized rocks, so I would imagine at some point in time it will come off the wall.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : Freeway (5.0)
By: Scott McMahon When: May 14, 2012

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Comments: NOTE!!! The flake right through the Trees of Love is loose! It might have been that way forever, but I don't remember it flexing when I pulled on it before. I didn't X it, since I wasn't using chalk.

Posted twice...second in conditions for safety's sake.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : Freeway (5.0)
By: Scott McMahon When: May 14, 2012

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Comments: NOTE!!! The flake right through the Trees of Love is loose! It might have been that way forever, but I don't remember it flexing when I pulled on it before. I didn't X it, since I wasn't using chalk.


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

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Comments: Great photo...making 5.4 look like 5.10!


Location: CO : New Devil's Head Guide Book...
By: Scott McMahon When: Oct 4, 2010

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Comments: Beautiful book...too bad they did the Devil's Head weekend like right after it came out and put up some new routes!!


Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Dome : East Slab (5.6)
By: Scott McMahon When: Aug 30, 2010

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Comments: Pretty continuous 5.6 the whole way. Holds and pockets materialize just where you need them, but expect solid 5.6 the whole way. I'd agree with maybe not doing this for your first lead as it can be a little heady.

Do as one pitch, lots of extra rope w/ a 60 meter.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Gregory Canyon (including T... : ... : Thin Crack (5.4)
By: Scott McMahon When: Aug 26, 2010

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Comments: Start underneath the small tree is a bit harder. I'd recommend flipping your rope to the climber's right of the tree right away, otherwise you'll spend 10 minutes trying to get it unstuck from the branches.

Thought it was harder than a standard Flatiron 5.4, especially starting under the small tree.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Fall River Road (US 34 West... : McGregor Slab : Right Standard (5.6)
By: Scott McMahon When: Aug 23, 2010

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Comments: Fun climb. The pitches were LONG, the rope (60m) was run to the end almost every pitch and 2 belays were down climbed to. Due to the wet summer, it was highly vegetated w/ grasses and moss making it slippery in places. You can make the climb go up to 5.8, but there were 5.6 - 5.7 variations to escape into if necessary. The run out sections seemed the hardest, but only because the cracks were moss-filled, forcing you out onto the slabs.

Walk off was a rough and time consuming bushwhack.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to... : Photo
By: Scott McMahon When: Aug 19, 2010

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Comments: Look at all the debris built up behind it!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : The Cays : Cays 3 : Trundle Fish (5.5)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 28, 2010

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Comments: The last section before the anchors can be a bit sketchy with limited pro due to the upper flake being pretty rotten and hollow. I ran it out into most likely ground fall territory rather than put a cam in the right-trending flake. Fun climb, although a little dirty and grown out. Be careful pulling on that guy!


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Left Book : Hiatus (5.7)
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 17, 2010

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Comments: Moves can be a bit thin in places. I wouldn't jump on this unless you don't mind run out friction moves.

BETA BELOW!!!

To sew it up bring at least 3 big pieces (#3.5, #4.5, #5 old Camalot or the corresponding new C4s) for the fat crack. I'd recommend only cams since you're placing at your ankles. Sliding didn't work as well as I hoped and you're directly above a ledge. Try to get gear in early, when it's gone it's gone.


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : Second Flatiron : ... : Photo
By: Scott McMahon When: Jul 13, 2010

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Comments: Easy to get off route. I started sort of through the trees in the right facing gully, but then it got too 4th class and I went back left. Had to down climb from a pinnacle into the Gutter then back up to where I hit the trail. Don't know how I missed the jump, but I'll try again!! Stay left is my advice.


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