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Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Blob Rock Area : Blob Rock : ... : Bolt Cola (5.10a)
By: Tombo When: Aug 9, 2014

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Comments: Never found the elusive 8th bolt. You could make this route 10a, but following natural weaknesses in line with bolt felt 5.9.

Location: CO : South Platte : Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Cam... : Sheeprock : Velcro Wall : Acid Crack (5.1)
By: Tombo When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: You'll need a 70mm to descend.

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Trad Lands : BM Route (5.9)
By: Tombo When: May 24, 2014

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Comments: I went up to this route thinking 5.9, no problem. Well I assume that rating is based on before the big flake (and crack on right) fell off. I felt it was 5.9 to the second bolt and then to stick to the arete... who knows maybe 5.10 in dry (not humid) conditions but no way it's 5.9 now. I ended up using the left hand crack features till I could reach some face jugs to clip the bolts from and then moved back to the arete.

I agree w/ Jay the rock around the last bolt did seem funky, fortunatel... more >>

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Overhang Area : Here Today Gone Tomorrow (5.9)
By: Tombo When: May 24, 2014

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Comments: We climbed in from Mrs. Hen and used those two bolts to start. If you're going straight up the crack to the hand crack, you'd want a couple of pieces of gear. I thought the hand crack was harder than Blind Faith in Eldo. The humidity may have made it feel more difficult than it was, but it felt 10a to me. I tried going straight up the arete and couldn't manage it kept hanging trying to see what I was missing. Ended up climbing into the dihedral and back out to clip the bolts. Don't know if... more >>

Location: CO : Golden : Clear Creek Canyon : Capitalist Crag : Lower Capitalist Crag : Vitamin-N (5.8+)
By: Tombo When: May 4, 2014

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Comments: For me, the crux was moving up to the undercling. This section felt harder than either of the cruxes on Lunchmoney and Cheap Labor. That being said, I can see if I had two inches more reach it would be 5.8ish.

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Winter Warmer Area : Polar Sandals (5.10c)
By: Tombo When: Apr 19, 2014

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Comments: I thought this climbed way harder than 10b, more like 10c/d onsight. I'd like to go back after some traffic cleans up the lichen. The reach to the horizontal jug at 5'5" was at least 10a. The crux for me was reading the top out of the dihedral. Fun climb.

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Table Top Area : Henry Spies the Line (5.9)
By: Tombo When: Jan 26, 2014

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Comments: Clipping the second bolt becomes part of the crux if you're short.

Location: CO : Golden : North Table Mountain/Golden... : Winterfest Wall : Too Dumb to Sleep In (5.8)
By: Tombo When: Jan 11, 2014

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Comments: Would be three star if it wasn't so short. Two number 5s would be perfect.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Boulder Slips : Minutia (5.8)
By: Tombo When: Nov 30, 2013

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Comments: If you want to learn to climb hand crack at a moderate level, climb this route. You can lace it up and make harder if you want by avoiding any holds outside the crack. Wish it was longer.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Solaris : The Luminosity (5.9)
By: Tombo When: Nov 29, 2013

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Comments: I tried to rope solo Luminosity today, and I am clueless at the crux so ended up doing it 5.8 A0. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to move my hands to lean over to the jug? Is the move height dependant or was I just off today? I think the Avalon/Solaris area is some of the softest grades in the canyon, and this felt way harder than say Dominator, Mists of Avalon, The Tower, or Wheel of Fortune. Or like I say I was off and missing something. Have to go back w/ a partner.

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Meadow Dome : ... : The Sun Also Rises (5.7 PG13)
By: Tombo When: Sep 1, 2013

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Comments: The gear is fine at the harder bits and some what sparse through the whole of the middle section which is quite a bit easier.

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Meadow Dome : ... : Ginger Snap (5.10-)
By: Tombo When: Aug 25, 2013

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Comments: From jugs to tiny crimpers you can wrap a finger around.

Location: CO : South Platte : Staunton State Park : Staunton Rocks : Meadow Dome : ... : Reef On It! (5.10-)
By: Tombo When: Aug 25, 2013

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Comments: Really fun! One of the best sport climbs of done of this grade, great rock, strange holds, good bolt placement, and a a few different ways it can be climbed. I didn't think there was a move harder than 5.9, but it really stacks up on you especially if you don't milk the rests. I'd give it a 10- for the consistency.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : The West Ridge : West Ridge - part B - Long ... : Long John Wall (5.8)
By: Tombo When: Aug 24, 2013

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Comments: Think long, blue, cruiser run.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Photo
By: Tombo When: Jul 6, 2012

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Comments: I would bribe my kids when they were little to go bouldering with me by stopping by the Dyno-Mart for candy afterward.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : The Angel of Death (formerl... : Hydraulic Sandwich (5.10b)
By: Tombo When: Apr 23, 2012

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Comments: I agree with Ivan's statement on clipping the bolt above the sloping ledge, it's commiting. I'm 5'6" on a good day and had to use a 6" cheater to clip it after moving up a bit on the crimps. Without it, I would have had to do a really scary move to clip. Other than that, a really fun climb.

Location: CO : Boulder : Boulder Canyon : Castle Rock : Storming the Castle (5.11)
By: Tombo When: Mar 27, 2012

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Comments: Great sport route requires thought and precision. Not over bolted or squeezed like may Boulder Canyon sport routes. I look forward to losing weight and trying to lead.

Location: WY : Vedauwoo : Ice Box (later renamed by s... : First Iteration (5.9+)
By: Tombo When: Mar 25, 2012

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Comments: Boulder Canyon climbers beware.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Trouble And Strife (5.10c)
By: Tombo When: Oct 16, 2011

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Comments: I thought this climbed way harder then it looked and its grade, maybe it's because I'm short, old and fat. There isn't another 10b in the canyon that has shut me down like this one. I thought is was really technical down low with strenuous gear placements, to bomber hands if all the gas wasn't spent on the first 10 feet. Anyway, I'm going to loose 10 lbs and try again.

Anyone know the rating if you climb in from the left as opposed to straight up?

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - S Buttress : Anthill Direct (5.9 R)
By: Tombo When: Oct 15, 2011

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Comments: Climbed for the first time in about 20 plus years, nice long route. I wouldn't skip the first pitch w/ cams there seemed to be plenty of gear. Good Eldorado spice in my book.

Location: CO : Boulder : Eldorado Canyon SP : Peanuts Walls : Lower Peanuts : Fickle Finger of Eight (5.8)
By: Tombo When: May 8, 2011

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Comments: This pitch would be much more pleasant if it were climbed more. As is, it is currently pretty lichen covered.

Location: CO : South Platte : West Creek : Sheep's Nose : Lost in Space (5.9)
By: Tombo When: Mar 26, 2011

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Comments: Phil's photo is basically the line we took today. The only confusion I found was the description above lists the 1st pitch as 80 feet and the second as 130 feet. We climbed the ramp and belayed just below the 5.8 hand finger crack that you traverse out of and it was about 130 to 140'. The second pitch was more like 80 feet and the third around 100. We combined the second and through the crux of the third to a belay on the large ledge below the square inset seen at the top of the face. Then ... more >>

Location: CO : South Platte : Pine Area : Bucksnort Slab : Classic Dihedral (5.7)
By: Tombo When: Aug 15, 2010

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Comments: I would be hard pressed to come up with a more consistent climb for the grade that I've ever climbed. Fingers, hands, fist to laybacking it has it all. But...don't climb it at 1:00 in the afternoon if you want to enjoy it - too hot!

Location: MN : Quarry Park (St. Cloud)
By: Tombo When: May 31, 2010

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Comments: Whow, this is amazing I was top rope soloing on a gold line with a prusik all over this area in about 1979. I couldn't beg up a partner in St. Cloud back then. Anyone know if there any other posting for routes in the quarry. I'd like to see what other lines have been done and how they match up with my fading memory.

Location: UT : Moab Area : Fisher Towers : Kingfisher : Colorado Northeast Ridge (5.8 C2)
By: Tombo When: Apr 11, 2010

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Comments: We got up to the bolt below the crux of the third pitch the other day and was totally stymied trying to move from the downward flared crack up and right of the bolt in to the seam above. I tried everything in the crack, black alien to gold cam, 1,2 and 3 Mastercam offsets, tricams, etc. It looked like people have been hooking at the bottom of the crack, at least my hook matched up with the scratch marks on the rock. Anyway I tried that and it blew sending me to the ledge. Quite the puzzle f... more >>

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