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Favorite Red Rocks routes!

Prime season for Red Rocks!

Some of my all time favorite routes:

Running Man 5.11 A classic single pitch climb. Lots of sport climbs in the area, but this ain't one of 'em :wink:

Red Rocks climbing tip #1) Any route with the name Paul Van Betten, Sal Mumusia, or Mike Ward in the first ascent credits, will probably be a serious lead. These guys were some ...
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Gear Swaps?

Anyone know of any good website to buy/sell or swap mountaineering gear?

I know the BD Gear Swap is coming up March 20th, and that got me trying to find an on-line version.
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Red Rock Scramble

Can anyone recommend a Class 3/easy Class 4 scramble in Red Rocks that I can do in 4 or 5 hours by myself?
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Arizona's Blue Range: Where to go?

What would be the top destinations in the Blue Range for a long hike or a back packing trip? Aside from Blue Peak, I am not to sure where to go. This seems like one of the more enigmatic parts of Arizona...
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Attention fellow desert rats: I need some info...

Hey y'all, I'm looking for some suggestions. Moab's been too cold this winter, so I'm heading south for a few weeks to do some backpacking.

If anyone has ideas on hikes/summits in this general area, that would be cool: Yuma, AZ; Blythe, CA; basically anywhere between I-40 and I-8.

I've done the whole Kofa thing. I like that there's not much info about these ranges (solitude!), but I figured there could be some hardcore desert ...
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BC Ski Tours near Santa Fe?

We will be in Santa Fe next weekend and would like to do a 4-6 hour ski tour in the Sangres outside Santa Fe. Any good ideas? Looking for a good tour with some nice tree lines...
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June 5 day backpack ideas

Would like to do a 5 day hike, 2 dads with two 13yo. The boys have been backpacking since age 8 and we are all going this weekend to Mt Rogers (forecast highs 20's, lows 10's, wind and snow). Would like to do something in mid June that is not impassable by snow, bone dry or overrun with bugs or heat. I'm aware conditions always change year to year.

We had thought about River no ...
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Mount Hopkins (Near Tucson) - Whipple Observatory

Hello Arizonans,

I am getting quite mixed :? results when trying to determine whether or not I'm able to hike to the summit of Mount Hopkins near Tucson.

Details range from:

What's the big deal? Just follow the many trails to the summit and scoot around and enjoy the observatory structures, etc.


No! You can't go to the summit without registering for the guided Whipple Obseratory ...
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perched synclines

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