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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 28, 2013
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

My wife and I are looking for a "new" destination for our one week July trip. Anywhere in North America is game.

We've been to many of the usual Summer subjects, many times... Tetons, Squamish, T. Meadows, Needles CA, Eastern Sierra, etc.

Specifications: We're really not looking for high stress "alpine" adventures.. i.e. we're just seeking great rock climbing. No cramponing allowed :) We're OK with some approaches, but we're not interested in two hour slogs every day. We have old-person knees to manage.

Trad preferred over sport.

What gems have we missed in our travels?


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Feb 28, 2013
At the BRC

No other choice really- the Nose


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 28, 2013
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

Does the Nose come with a stipend for divorce attorneys?


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By Steve M
From MN
Feb 28, 2013

Hit up Devils tower then head 2 hours east to the Needles. Kick ass approaches for old knees abound.


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By JCM
From Henderson, NV
Feb 28, 2013

A few options:

Elephant's Perch, Idaho. Not too far from Bend. There is a hke in, but you can go in for a little while and camp. Semi-alpine.

Independence Pass, CO. A wide range of climbing on mostly single-pitch granite crags. Mostly roadside. High elevation (good temps). Scenic. Not a mega-destination like T. Meadows, but you'd have a great time here for a week.

Tensleep, WY. Have you been yet? Though a sport area, it still seems to win the hearts of even the most traditionally-inclined. The rock, the scenery, the camping, and the summer weather are all superb.

Index, WA. Mini-Squamish. In July, there is even a chance that it won't rain on you.


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 28, 2013
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

Aspen/Independence Pass area has piqued my interest. Beside the pass, are there other options nearby?


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Feb 28, 2013
At the BRC

Andy Laakmann wrote:
Does the Nose come with a stipend for divorce attorneys?


Sounds like a question for Supertopo!

Seriously, the Black Hills are really lovely and a lot of fun. Kind of a long drive from Bend though.

Monitor Rock is near Independence Pass, but not really a destination area.

You could take the back road to Lime Creek and have sort of Rifle-esque climbing with fewer crowds in a beautiful setting.


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By Alvaro Arnal
Administrator
From Aspen, CO
Feb 28, 2013
Pup Tent OS

Andy Laakmann wrote:
Aspen/Independence Pass area has piqued my interest. Beside the pass, are there other options nearby?


Indy Pass is a great summer climbing spot as the temps stay relatively cool and depending on where you go you can have entire crags to yourself. You could spend weeks just exploring the many areas of the Pass alone, but other nearby spots that could be worth a day trip are the Narrows in Carbondale, Glenwood Canyon for some adventure climbing (see Mudwall), Rifle, and Unaweep and Escalante Canyons near Grand Junction. All of these are within 2 hours drive from Aspen.


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By mike bronson
Feb 28, 2013

Uintah Mountains in Utah would keep you busy for a week if you can handle leaving the trad rack behind.


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By Goat
From Boulder
Feb 28, 2013
Unknown climb in The Needles

Great bouldering at Death Valley National Park


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By Nick Stayner
From The Magic City
Feb 28, 2013
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.

Andy, have you been to Vedauwoo? That's a pretty awesome summer cragging spot. I spent a bunch of time down there last August. Lots of north aspects & highish elevation keep things cool, and there's free camping. Laid-back, lack of a scene, crowds are a non-issue mid-week in my experience.


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By Dana Bartlett
From CT
Feb 28, 2013

Mark E Dixon wrote:
No other choice really- the Nose



Shouldn't you be working?


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By Mark E Dixon
From Sprezzatura, Someday
Feb 28, 2013
At the BRC

Dana Bartlett wrote:
Shouldn't you be working?

I only have time to post on MP when I am working!


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By Jason Todd
From Ranchester, WY
Feb 28, 2013
Moss

City of Rocks

Needles of SD


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By Dana Bartlett
From CT
Feb 28, 2013

Mark E Dixon wrote:
I only have time to post on MP when I am working!


From what I've seen . . . that's true.


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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Feb 28, 2013

Evan Deis wrote:
Great bouldering at Death Valley National Park

Where?


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By Andrew Mayer
Feb 28, 2013
top of mt. lady washington - rmnp

+1 for the Perch. kinda violates your "no alpine" stipulation but the scenery, rock quality, and climbing are outstanding. especially if you've never been

also +1 for Indy Pass if your looking more so for cragging.


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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Feb 28, 2013
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.

North Conway, NH area might fit your bill between cathedral, cannon, and satellite areas...

Other option would be Smith Rock - though can get rather toasty in the summer


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By MattG.
Feb 28, 2013

Devils Lake, WI is always overlooked for some reason. All the trad you can ask for!


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By JJNS
Feb 28, 2013

Fat Dad wrote:
Where?


It was a joke.


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By JJNS
Feb 28, 2013

rock_fencer wrote:
North Conway, NH area might fit your bill between cathedral, cannon, and satellite areas... Other option would be Smith Rock - though can get rather toasty in the summer


He is from Bend.


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By rock_fencer
From Columbia, SC
Feb 28, 2013
Myself placing a a blue/yellow offset MC to protect between Bolt 2/3 just post crux . <br /> <br />Picture credit goes to eric Singleton, and many thanks to Josh Bagget for the great belay.

JasonJNSmith wrote:
He is from Bend.


haha my bad didnt think to look...in lieu of Smith i'll second devils tower/needles combo


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By Andy Laakmann
Site Landlord
From Bend, OR
Feb 28, 2013
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

Doesn't Devil's Tower ROAST in July?


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By CBW
Feb 28, 2013

Lumpy Ridge and RMNP. Thunderstorm possibilities, but at least if you are in this area, we can have dinner again. Might even have some steel to show you by then. -Chris


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By johnthethird
Feb 28, 2013

The bugs!


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By johnthethird
Feb 28, 2013

That might be a bad idea, actually. You may need crampons?


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