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#6631 - 08/13/04 03:18 AM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: GwenL]
cfa Offline
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Registered: 07/23/02
Posts: 259
Loc: Upper Valley NH
Hmm, well, now that I'm thoroughly intimidated by all the info on how to actually get a pic up here, here's my first stab at it:
Syke's Sickle

It's a bit overexposed (the photo, not the climbing!), but this is the totally fab first pitch of Syke's Sickle on Spearhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. (The first 150 of 800 feet, which we unfortunately didn't finish due to snow/hail.) You can see the "sickle" up above. We were sort of huddling inside it when we decided to come down...

You can see the whole formation here (the route is in the shadowed portion of the rock).
Spearhead

-Carissa

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#6632 - 08/13/04 07:33 AM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: cfa]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
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Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1915
Loc: Los Angeles
Worked like a charm!

Thanks for the cool photos!

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#6633 - 08/13/04 01:21 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: cfa]
Smike Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 3143
Loc: in your backyard
Nice pics. Did you get to check out the off-width Bombay chimney?


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#6634 - 09/29/04 04:30 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
LesterLeBlanc Offline
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Registered: 03/06/02
Posts: 1915
Loc: Los Angeles
A preview from my trip to the valley with chazman.

He's got all the cool photos ... but here's the obvious one ...



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#6635 - 09/29/04 07:37 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: LesterLeBlanc]
RangerRob Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/06/00
Posts: 3764
Loc: Ulster County, NY
What's that..about 3 or 4 pitches long? Looks kinda easy.

RR

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#6636 - 09/30/04 01:20 AM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: RangerRob]
andrew Offline

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Registered: 11/15/99
Posts: 1816
Loc: Denver, CO
This is the start of the second pitch of Chip Tower along the White Rim in Canyonlands. We bailed 15' from the top of a 350' tower because of a mandatory knifeblade move(nailing is not allowed in Canyonlands). Total bummer - next time i will bring the cheater stick.

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#6637 - 09/30/04 02:33 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: andrew]
GOclimb Offline
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Registered: 03/26/01
Posts: 2359
Loc: Boston
Absolutely gorgeous, Andrew!

GO

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#6638 - 09/30/04 06:40 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: GOclimb]
nerdom Offline
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Registered: 09/07/01
Posts: 2483
Loc: Davis Sq., MA
Is that your Gunks rack?
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#6639 - 09/30/04 06:51 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: nerdom]
Smike Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 3143
Loc: in your backyard
Aiding in rock shoes..... man that's hardcore.

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#6640 - 09/30/04 08:11 PM Re: Non-Gunks Photo Du Jour [Re: Smike]
andrew Offline

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Registered: 11/15/99
Posts: 1816
Loc: Denver, CO
i aid just about everything in rock shoes. the only times i don't is if there is no possible chance i'll free anything on the pitch or if i am on something really hard that will take me longer than 2 hours to lead. with the rock shoes on i can easily switch to free climbing and it makes me go faster so i can get out of them. on that lead, there was a very heads up tension traverse near the top on 00 tcu's, black aliens, and #1-2 lowe balls. the rock shoes made it way easier to stay off the mank gear as much as i could. the last pitch that i ended up having to bail on had terrifying 5.9 R free climbing after an aid move off a bolt with a backbreaker ledge below. glad i had the free shoes for both pitches.

i definitely had to grow my rack a bit when i started climbing in the desert. god help the world's aluminum reserves if d-elvis were to start climbing out here.
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