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Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress : Kor's Flake (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Aug 18, 2014

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Comments: Very happy that I took a #6 on this one. We found a well-equipped series of rappels on the descent. From the top out, we walked about 20 m around to the right and spotted a large tree with multiple slings and rap rings. A 25 m rappel with an easy pendulum to climber's left led to another well-equipped tree anchor. A second 29m rappel to a good ledge, followed by 10m of easy walking, to a final 25m rappel put us on easy terrain and an obvious trail back to the base.


Location: CO : South Platte : Elevenmile Canyon : Elevenmile Dome : The Overleaf (5.8)
By: Tom Fralich When: Jun 3, 2014

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Comments: Awkward climbing with annoying rope management. Couldn't find a way to keep the rope from jamming at the roof. I even climbed down and unclipped the last 2 pieces before the roof and placed a cam right at the lip to try and keep it running smooth and it still jams. Didn't find this one very enjoyable. Moby Grape and some of the bolted lines are much more worthwhile.


Location: CO : Canon City : Shelf Road : Spiney Ridge : Tree Trimmer (5.10b)
By: Tom Fralich When: Apr 2, 2014

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Comments: Strenuous clip at the last bolt with poor feet. Considerably harder than Toxxxic Entertainment.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Lotta Balls Wall : Dodgeball (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Mar 28, 2014

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Comments: This route has some great climbing, especially on pitches 2-4. I thought the face on pitch 3 was pretty bold. There's gear right off the belay and some more when it starts getting thin, but after a decent runout.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Mossy Ledges Area
By: Tom Fralich When: Mar 28, 2014

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Comments: There is a bolted rap station at the top of the long slabby section above Soylent Green Jeans. A double-rope rappel gets you down to the tree above Soylent Green Jeans. We did the link-up of Chocolate Sunday - Pincushion - Cheatstone Crack for a couple hundred feet of quality climbing with a 15 minute approach and easy descent.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Willow Spring : Mossy Ledges Area : Cheatstone Crack (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Mar 28, 2014

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Comments: This is a great pitch! There are some suspect flakes on the face, but the crack takes bomber gear the whole way. If this were closer to the parking, it would be as clean and popular as Ragged Edges. There's a bolted rap station on top that looked pretty new.


Location: CO : South Platte : Pine Area : Bucksnort Slab : Bushes of Baelzebub (5.8+)
By: Tom Fralich When: Oct 13, 2013

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Comments: Definitely take a #4. It is about 195 ft from the anchors at the top back to the ground (double 60m ropes will get the job done in one rap). Splitting it in two pitches works well, since there's a very comfortable belay ledge about halfway up.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Photo
By: Tom Fralich When: Sep 8, 2013

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Comments: Great shot! I really enjoy seeing familiar places when flying. I spotted Castleton Tower once on my way from CA to the east coast.


Location: NV : Red Rock : First Creek Canyon : Lotta Balls Wall : Bruja's Brew (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Mar 26, 2013

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Comments: I also found P2 to be somewhat spicy. I traversed to the Black Magic anchor at the end of the pitch...seemed like a better stance and let the rope run more smoothly on the traverse of P3. P1 is excellent and worth doing on its own (double-rope rap from bolts).


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Rose Tower : One-Armed Bandit (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 18, 2012

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Comments: Not as loose or runout as SuperTopo suggests. Definitely not as good as Olive Oil, but a worthwhile moderate route, especially in winter, with good sun exposure, a fast approach and descent, and great belay ledges. Leave the #6 at home. This one climbs pretty easy for 5.7.


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall West : Circus Circus (5.8)
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 7, 2012

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Comments: No need to be afraid of this one. A little more involved than most T-Wall routes with the traverse and gear belay, but the gear is all there through the entire route. Should pose no problems for the experienced 5.8 trad climber.


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall West : Path of the Misfits (5.8)
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 7, 2012

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Comments: Definitely a worthwhile route. Needs a bit more traffic to clean it up.


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall West : Where Lizards Go to Die (5.10a)
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 7, 2012

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Comments: Way more rests than it would appear from the ground and the gear is great.


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 2, 2012

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Comments: The guidebook indicates that there's another trail that accesses the western portion of the wall, between Cibola and Vahalla. We were not able to find any trail after several passes in the car and ended up approaching from the usual Paradise Falls trail. We also attempted to find the alternate route on the way out and ended up bushwacking back to the road (although there were some cairns and ribbons on trees, there was no trail).


Location: TN : The Tennessee Wall : T-Wall West : Little Steps (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Dec 2, 2012

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Comments: Pretty good route, but not as high quality as the classic 5.7's at the other end of the cliff. Worth doing if in the area, but not a destination climb. Also, getting to the anchor involves clawing your way up 30 ft of loose, scrubby terrain.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Mescalito : Splitting Hares (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Nov 5, 2012

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Comments: Agree, great route. And the ability to TR the second pitch of Next Century makes it even better.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Juniper Canyon : Brownstone Wall : Sweet Thin (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Nov 5, 2012

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Comments: Did the first two pitches of Mayday Malefactor to Sweet Thin and it's a great link-up. It's four stars no matter how you start it, but for those who've already done Armatron, Mayday is a great way to cover some new terrain and adds a bit more 5.9 climbing. I had two #3's, one #3.5, one #4, and one #5 and was pretty happy.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Cardinal Pinnacle : West Face (5.10a)
By: Tom Fralich When: Aug 8, 2012

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Comments: Great climb! Easy for the grade and very well protected.


Location: CA : Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks : Tahquitz Rock : Northwest Recess : The Consolation (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Jun 22, 2012

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Comments: Harder and not as good as Whodunit. Placing gear on the crux pitch is definitely strenuous.


Location: ID : City of Rocks : Creekside : The Ramp (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Jun 22, 2012

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Comments: I agree that this one is 5.7.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Magic Mountain : Magic Triangle (5.9 R)
By: Tom Fralich When: May 8, 2012

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Comments: Three stars for the first 2 pitches. Definitely worth doing if in the area. Rap with a single 60m rope back down the route. I wanted to link these pitches to the upper pitches of Masquerade, but this ended up being more involved than it appeared.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Pine Creek Canyon : Brass Wall : Rawlpindi (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Feb 28, 2012

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Comments: This climb deserves way more attention and is one of the better 5.7 multi-pitch climbs in RR. The face climbing pitch is jsut spooky enough to be really exciting without being dangerous. Not a good choice for a new 5.7 leader though.


Location: NV : Red Rock : White Rock Spring : The Ledger Crags : The Ledger (5.7)
By: Tom Fralich When: Feb 28, 2012

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Comments: Fun climb with a quick approach. Rapped with a single 60m rope. Agree that the stemming on P3 is harder than 5.6-5.7 and very height dependent. My wife is 5'4" and wasn't able to stem, which made it look more like 5.9.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Wonderland North : Reggie Dome : Pops Goes Hawaiian (5.7 R)
By: Tom Fralich When: Jan 10, 2012

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Comments: Found plenty of gear after the bolt. Great route on an interesting dike. Moves to the bolt are on positive holds and not stressful for the confident 5.7-5.8 leader.


Location: CA : Joshua Tree National Park : Barker Dam Area : Room To Shroom Area : Room To Shroom (5.9)
By: Tom Fralich When: Jan 10, 2012

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Comments: Well deserving of its classic status. Great rock, textbook jams, and no crowds. Got a #2 Ballnut on the traverse, but it really is quite easy. Approach is not bad.


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