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Self portrait on the summit of Gray's Peak, CO


Member Since: Dec 16, 2010
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Location: UT : Zion National Park : Practice Cliffs : Flake Route (5.9)
By: Walt Barker When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: Great climb, if a bit creepy. I pulled up to the flake proper. It had a rather "plastic" character; I gave it a knock, it sounded like a drum and I swear the whole thing flexed when I pulled. It's thin. Real thin.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : Practice Cliffs : Casual Sex (5.8)
By: Walt Barker When: Feb 18, 2014

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Comments: Great climb. OW section is worth it.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Prescott Areas : The Lost Wall : The South Face : Two to Tango (5.11c)
By: Walt Barker When: Feb 12, 2014

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Comments: No fixed nut as of 2-12-14


Location: WY : Wind River Range : Dinwoody Glacier Area. : Gannett Peak : Gooseneck Glacier Route (3rd Mod. Snow)
By: Walt Barker When: Sep 8, 2013

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Comments: Did Summit day from the top of Bonney pass. Spent an incredible 2 calm, quiet nights up there. Fantastic. If you can manage to be up there without wind, there is nothing like it on this earth!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Prescott Areas : Granite Mountain : Granite Basin Crags : ... : Hang Ten (5.4)
By: Walt Barker When: May 27, 2013

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Comments: The first bolt of the second pitch lacks a hanger.


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : Prescott Areas : Granite Dells/Watson Lake D... : Watson Lake : ... : Dam Classic (aka The Dam Cr... (5.9-)
By: Walt Barker When: May 3, 2013

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Comments: Fantastic route. Great fingers to hands. Certainly one of the best cracks in the area. Must do.


Location: NC : Linville Gorge : Table Rock : Cave Route (5.5)
By: Walt Barker When: Oct 15, 2012

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Comments: Fun route, gear everywhere.


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : Entrance Crack (5.4 R)
By: Walt Barker When: Sep 5, 2012

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Comments: Certainly the most spicey 5.4 I've ever led. Walked a #5 and a #6 Camalot up the OW section to feel protected. Worked great until the #5 tipped-out less than half-way up and then the same with #6 about 20' above that, at which point I traversed right to easier but exposed ground. Also, after much fiddling, I did manage to plug a #1 C3 into the afore-mentioned crack below the crux.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.7 Dihedral (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Aug 11, 2012

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Comments: Awesome climb, bizarre crux. Plugged #4 and # 3 Camalots into the fist crack for the traverse to the chains. For the chains, just bring about 15' of webbing and you can equalize the anchor just fine.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.7 Face (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Aug 11, 2012

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Comments: Yup, anchors are still present, lots of gear options, too.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.7 Face (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Jul 29, 2012

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Comments: Thought about leading this, but upon closer TR inspection, it has really sparse gear. It could be done though.


Location: CO : Golden : Lookout Mountain Crag : 5.8 Crack (5.8)
By: Walt Barker When: Jul 29, 2012

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Comments: Gear galore; micros and stoppers. "Book-sized rock" shifted a bit. Top definitely in the 5.8 range.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Arches National Park : Sunshine Wall : Sunshine Wall Routes : Learning Curve (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Jul 8, 2012

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Comments: Very enjoyable route. Most would consider the bolts to be a bit run-out. Luckily, several excellent cam placements appear right when you need them. I put in a #1&2 C3, and several C4,s up to #1. Well thought-out route.


Location: CO : Colorado Springs : Garden of the Gods : North Gateway Rock : West Face : Cowboy Boot Crack (5.6)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 26, 2012

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Comments: Excellent route. Lots of great placements. Ditto on the #3 for the traverse to the pin, which is not as scary as it appears. You can really sew that crack up, if you want.


Location: CO : Estes Park Valley : CO Hwy 7 & Tributaries : Jurassic Park - Lily Lake : Left Hand Rock : Byron's Ladder (5.2)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 23, 2012

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Comments: Enjoyable climb for new leader, etc. First two bolts could keep someone from careening down the gully if they cart-wheeled, no?


Location: NC : Pilot Mountain : Little Amphitheater : Dirty Rotten Scoundrel (5.6)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: Fun TR to warm-up. Climbed on the face the right of the dihedral. Much harder than 5.6 if you don't use the dihedral.


Location: NC : Pilot Mountain : Little Amphitheater : Place Your Bet (5.6)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: Great TR. Anchor placement is good for doing some hard variations. Found a few moves in the 5.10 range.


Location: NC : Pilot Mountain : Little Amphitheater : Grandpa's Belay (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 8, 2012

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Comments: Great TR. Some hard (5.9-10) moves are there if you look.


Location: NC : Stone Mountain : Stone Mountain South Face : The Great Arch (5.5)
By: Walt Barker When: Apr 7, 2012

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Comments: One of the most pleasurable climbs ever....medium to small gear with placements everywhere. We did plug one #3 Camalot at the top of the 3rd pitch. Decided not to rap and walked back to the base...figured we could do that faster than setting-up rappels. We were there one day after rain and the rock was mostly dry. The sun was out and temps in the 60's. Unbelievably, we had the whole mountain to ourselves. Truly a classic climb in a stellar setting.


Location: ID : Castle Rocks : Castle Rock : Castle Rock - South Face : Big Time (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Aug 20, 2011

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Comments: Really fun climb. Loved the begining of the 1st pitch.


Location: ID : Castle Rocks : Castle Rock : Castle Rock - South Face : Little Time (5.6)
By: Walt Barker When: Aug 20, 2011

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Comments: Fun climb. Be prepared to hang at the first belay station. Was a great climb to get warmed up after a hiatus.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Cut Your Teeth Crag : 1. Interproximal Stripper (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: May 19, 2011

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Comments: Fun route in a great location with an interesting approach. Didn't seem too loose except for one hold near the bottom.


Location: NV : Red Rock : Calico Basin : Existential Wall
By: Walt Barker When: May 19, 2011

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Comments: Lots of loose stuff. Lots of big stuff just sounds bad if you tap on it. Good thing it's TR. Still. My buds and I did "The Gaze" from the new guidebook, and it was fun.


Location: UT : Zion National Park : East Side : Aries Butte : Led by Sheep (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: May 16, 2011

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Comments: Anchor loose at the top of pitch 3!!
Climbed the first three pitches on 5/13/11. The bolt moves back and forth with only moderate pressure and the hanger spins. I definitely didn't pull outward on it after that. When I pulled the piton with a thumb and one finger, it came out of the rock very easily. This alarmed me; I had full trad rack, but there are absolutely no placements near there.
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Location: WY : Jackson Hole : Hoback Shield : Hoback Shield Left : Shady Grove (5.7)
By: Walt Barker When: Dec 16, 2010

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Comments: ...yeah, awesome route. I agree, a bit thin for 5.7, but fun place to cool down and relax once the sun hits the rest of the Shield.