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Member Since: Dec 4, 2007
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Location: WY : Wind River Range : Baptiste Lake : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: May 22, 2013

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Comments: Great picture of a very proud face!


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Great White Way (5.9) : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Apr 3, 2012

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Comments: This coming from a dude who's partner wears knee pads on slabs...please!


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Electric Boobs (5.9+ PG13) : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Apr 3, 2012

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Comments: Knee pads are a ridiculous and probably ineffective way to protect oneself from the consequences of a fall on this pitch!


Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : The Oracle : Fantasia (5.10- C2 R) : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Dec 14, 2011

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Comments: When Rob Slater and I reached this belay on an early ascent of the route, we found a tattered section of yellow water-ski tow rope threaded through this hole!


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon : Sorcerer's Apprentice (5.11a PG13)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Oct 3, 2011

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Comments: This is a very good route! In my opinion, as an outsider, a "must do" Sandia Classic!


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : La Cueva Canyon, Upper : Torreon : Mountain Momma (5.10c)
By: Stu Ritchie When: May 31, 2011

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Comments: An awesome route! We climbed the Ghost Dancer ArÍte in the Black Canyon 2 days before and found Mountain Momma to be superior in quality and position. I would recommend this route to all solid 5.10 climbers. It's a true gem!

Upon topping out, I walked to the true summit and found a well-slung boulder which allowed us to rap high into the notch and traverse into the gully about 50 ft. below the new fixed line.


Location: UT : Saint George : Snow Canyon State Park : Island In The Sky : Aftershock Wall : Aftershock (5.11b PG13)
By: Stu Ritchie When: May 14, 2011

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Comments: Aftershock is an excellent route! The climbing is varied and continuously exciting. It is a significant step up from its neighbor Living on the Edge.


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : East Stronghold : Rockfellow Group : ... : Welcome to the Machine (5.10c/d)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Feb 27, 2011

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Comments: Agreed, Endgame pitch 1 into WTTM, finishing on Endgame's 5th is a 4 star route!
I noticed the newer rap set-up off the summit down the front and would not recomend it in windy conditions. It's just too simple to go down the traditional rappels through the chimney and out the window.


Location: General Climbing : Expired thread, 2011 editio... : Post : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Feb 5, 2011

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Comments: Wasteland in Cochise Stronghold


Location: UT : San Rafael Swell : San Rafael Swell - South : Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : E Crags (DBC Canyon) : ... : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Jan 28, 2011

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Comments: I believe I took this picture before the retro-bolt was added!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Unknown (Right of The Peace... (5.10b/c)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Jan 18, 2011

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Comments: This is a very good route, one of the finest on Sheepshead. A #3 Camalot is really nice on the first pitch. It's definitely all that for 5.10b/c!


Location: NM : Albuquerque Area Climbing : Sandia Mountains : Chimney Canyon : Muralla Grande : Thunderbird (5.12-)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Nov 6, 2010

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Comments: Visited the Crest for the first time last week and tried to do LYJ. I think we ended up doing a hybrid: 1st pitch of LYJ, traversed way left to the corner, climbed up past a bolt on face to a small perch, reached left past a small 'horn' to a second bolt, long reach and up left to a belay on a ledge(Pitch 2 of Thunderbird?), two more shorter pitches to 2 bolt belay, and then up and into traverse pitch on LYJ and off the top pitch. I thought the second pitch was way hard for 5.10a as well as a bi... more >>


Location: MT : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Oct 24, 2010

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Comments: You are right Ivan. It is a stellar route!


Location: NM : Taos Area : Questa Dome : Questa Dome : Questar (5.11 PG13)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Sep 26, 2010

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Comments: There is 1 bolt on pitch 3. It is an old and rusty 1/4". If it snapped, the fall would be exciting, but fortunately it is backed up by good cams a few feet lower.


Location: NM : Taos Area : Tres Piedras : South Rock : Surface Tension (5.11- PG13)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Sep 26, 2010

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Comments: Although the harder sections are short, it's still a true test piece of both your mental fortitude and thin slab technique! This is indeed a surprisingly excellent route! I would also call the pin-protected slab full blown 5.10R! I was able to back the 1st pin up with a yellow Alien and #3 RP, but was concerned that the whole flakey bit might blow out from a fall near the next pin clip, the consequence of which would be quite painful.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Big Thompson Canyon : Mary's Bust Area : Mary's Bust - main buttress : The Broadmoor (5.10b)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Sep 26, 2010

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Comments: A very well put together route! Dynamite is the more direct start, although very slightly spicy. I found this route to be significantly more fun than its harder neighbor, the Brown Palace, a fine route in its own right.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One : One and a Half Hours of Pow... (5.11- PG13)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Aug 8, 2010

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Comments: I led perhaps the second ascent of this route, as a single pitch, in the early '90s while Derek sprayed beta from below. What I mainly recall is him constantly encouraging me with comments like, "there's a jug just a bit further," and "the gear gets better higher." In all truth, this is a very good, long pitch with barely adequate protection.


Location: MT : Blackleaf Canyon
By: Stu Ritchie When: Aug 2, 2010

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Comments: Spend the time to do your homework before journeying to Blackleaf...you will be rewarded with excellent, long limestone classics.


Location: International : North America : Canada : British Columbia : Squamish : ... : Cruel Shoes (5.10d)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Aug 2, 2010

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Comments: Don't be fooled by some of the vegetation in the photos, Cruel Shoes is truly a classic slab adventure!


Location: ID : The Sawtooth Range : The Elephant's Perch : Myopia (5.11a)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Aug 2, 2010

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Comments: Myopia is an awesome and very sustained Perch classic! Be prepared to "take off the gloves" so to speak!


Location: AZ : Southern Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : West Stronghold : Sheepshead Area (Southwest) : ... : Tour Buses Welcome (5.10a/b)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Feb 18, 2010

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Comments: A very worthwhile route! 2nd pitch is certainly no easier than 10a. The 3rd is significantly harder and can be linked with the 4th for an excellent 3 pitch outing. Descent is straight down the route with a single 60 meter rope.


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Navajolands : Monument Valley : The Throne (King on a Thron... (5.9 A2)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Dec 16, 2009

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Comments: This is indeed a very cool route. Of note is a historic bit of graffiti at the first belay. One of the 1st ascensionists, Marlene Dalluge inscribed her name in very beautiful letters. Reminded me of the LK pecked into the old last belay of Outer Space on the Bastille in Eldorado Canyon.


Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two : Scratch and Sniff (5.12a)
By: Stu Ritchie When: Dec 7, 2009

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Comments: Mark R. and I did the FA in the late '80s right before we went up to Mt. Hooker.


Location: Stu Ritchie : A few places I've enjoyed o... : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Dec 7, 2009

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Comments: It's Baboquivari Peak, about 50 miles SW of Tucson. There are several excellent 6-9 pitch free climbs on it.


Location: AZ : Northern Arizona : Navajolands : Cleopatra's Needle Area : Venus Needle, West Face (5.10 A3) : Photo
By: Stu Ritchie When: Nov 12, 2009

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Comments: Nice pic. Todd. The spire in the right background is called Navajo Needle and has an excellent route on its SW side.


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