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Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Wild Basin : Hidden Falls
By: Stich When: Dec 29, 2014

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Comments: There is actually no reason to cross the creek when going to Hidden Falls. What you do is walk down the road from the parking area. You will cross the creek and end up on the left side of it. Walk further and pass the horse trailer parking area. Walk further past two picnic table areas. Further still and you will see a bridge for the road to cross the creek yet again to the right. Don't cross, but go to the left on a foot path that should have many footprints in the snow. This is where a sign me... more >>


Location: International : North America : Mexico : Northern Mexico : El Potrero Chico : ... : Black Cat Bone (5.10d)
By: Stich When: Dec 25, 2014

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Comments: Phil, you thought the roof was harder than 10d? I thought the thin face climbing before the roof is the crux, but that was some time ago.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face : ... : Photo
By: Stich When: Dec 1, 2014

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Comments: Que horror!


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Sentinel and Specimen Rocks : Photo
By: Stich When: Nov 10, 2014

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Comments: Sentinel Rock, not Specimen.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Sentinel and Specimen Rocks : Photo
By: Stich When: Nov 8, 2014

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Comments: Specimen Rock is on the left and Sentinel Rock is on the right.


Location: CO : Buena Vista : Davis Face : D3 (5.9)
By: Stich When: Oct 19, 2014

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Comments: If you rap the D4 route from the summit, head for the rap station at the edge of the upper headwall (pitch 4 anchors for D4). This will be towards the ends of your two 70 meter ropes. There is an anchor/rap station above this you should skip. Then, you can rappel all the way to the ground from there.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : South Face (5.9 R)
By: Stich When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: The route on the north face is called the Poe Club and has some 5.11 near the start. However, once you are high up on South Face, if you find the runout unnerving just before the 4 inch crack to the summit, you can move right and find a nice hand crack that goes at 5.9+ (10a) that will get you up with good protection at slightly harder climbing. This leads to the rappel slings just below the summit.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : South Face (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: You will see this from when you finish your summit rappel. It is to the right of the thin fin of rock that meets the saddle and connects to the ridge.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : South Face (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: Check out the cute vegetation. All you need here is a desk and a reading lamp.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : South Face (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: See the large overhang on the southeast arrete? You take cracks up and right of this overhang closer to the front of the east face.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : South Face (5.9 R) : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: Sonya is standing right below the start. It's a small crack in a corner that leads to a wider crack system for two pitches that you can run together if you choose, but it's probably more pleasant to do as two. Both have good belays, with the top of the second pitch being the nicest with the three pins and grassy ledge.


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil : Photo
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: Beautiful shot of the Foil, Ivan!


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : The Foil
By: Stich When: Aug 17, 2014

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Comments: The topos don't quite get the actual layout of the tower right. They fail to capture that you have a huge ledge system at the top of pitch 3 on the South side. That puts pitch 4 on the South face, whereupon you access a good-sized ledge to do the short 5.9 pitch. The belay is around the corner to the right. You have several options. You can belay at the very corner in this ridiculously small seat that has cracks in the back. This is bad for two people, so make sure the follower plays it through.... more >>


Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag : Cracker Jack (5.9)
By: Stich When: Aug 1, 2014

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Comments: Bruce, that means the quicklinks I put on the anchors in 2003 lasted about ten years.


Location: General Climbing : Climbing with strangers : Post : Photo
By: Stich When: Jan 29, 2014

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Comments: I'm pretty sure that was in my condo kitchen back in Austin circa 1998. The Petzl Melon was pretty state of the art. Can't imagine why they didn't sell very well.


Location: TX : Reimer's Ranch : Hand Beyond Wall : Freedom Fries (5.10a/b)
By: Stich When: Jan 1, 2014

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Comments: Yay! The route name lives on. An ignoble event in our history where France was frowned at for not granting the US flyover rights on the initial Iraq invasion. I found the anchors for this line under thick vegetation and then added bolts for leading in 2003.


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head : Photo
By: Stich When: Nov 21, 2013

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Comments: Such a wonderful place!


Location: CO : Boulder : Flatirons : North : First Flatiron : East Face Gully (5.3)
By: Stich When: Apr 6, 2013

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Comments: This route works really well for passing slow parties on the Direct East Face route. Just stay out of the gully proper and the rock is more featured. I stayed right and then headed towards some slings at the little wall on the left side of the gully. You can penetrate the wall at a break and you are right back at the Direct East Face.


Location: Sport Climbing : Sport Climbing Just Got Saf... : Photo
By: Stich When: Apr 4, 2013

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Comments: What is this a picture of? It's hard to tell.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Sheep Pass Area : Saddle Rocks Area : Saddle Rocks : ... : Negro Girls (5.9 R)
By: Stich When: Jan 14, 2013

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Comments: The route was bolted by Kurt Smith on lead while Roy McClanahan was free soloing. Roy came over to talk to Kurt and then continued on up the line, thus snaking it essentially. Later on Roy felt kind of like a jerk for doing that, so he waited for Kurt to finish the upper pitches and so let him get the FA so to speak.


Location: CO : CO Ice & Mixed : Colorado Springs & vicinity : Pike's Peak : North Face of Pike's Peak : The Ole 6 (5.11 WI3 M6+)
By: Stich When: Jan 5, 2013

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Comments: Nice work, duder!


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Cactus Cliff : Kodachrome (5.9)
By: Stich When: Nov 18, 2012

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Comments: Not a great route but worth doing as a warm-up or to add a pitch. The only difficult part is the very end.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : Ants' Line (5.9)
By: Stich When: Sep 18, 2012

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Comments: Nothing too devious on this one for the solid 5.9 leader. If you can keep from getting pumped, you can figure it out.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6)
By: Stich When: Sep 18, 2012

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Comments: The little horizontal slot by your foot stepping out from P1 has two groves in it where cams were dragged out by falling leaders that lost their nerve. That looked like the best pro option. Just keep your head together and step out there. If your hands start shaking, just relax and find the buckets and feet!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Coronary (5.10 R)
By: Stich When: Sep 18, 2012

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Comments: Very sequency at the crux. Would be a super stiff onsight.


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