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Return To Sender, at The Rincon
Kris Solem climbing "Return To Sender," a 5.11++ Rincon Classic. The Rincon is a seldom visited area in the lower Kern River Canyon of the Southern Sierra. It is characterized by beautiful white granite faces, warm winter temps, and a burly approach hike.

Photo by Greg Epperson


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Martin CashCool

Martin Cash

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Good profile shot Kris. Where is this at?
Posted Apr 25, 2007 6:58 pm

ksolemRe: Cool


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The Rincon is a little known climbing area in the Kern River Canyon, California. South of the Needles, and south facing situated in a sheltered bowl, it is ideal in winter. We have about 25 routes, mostly single pitch in the 150 ft range plus a few multi pitch routes. The grades run from 5.8 - 5.12c with a concentration of good 5.11s. The route pictured is .12a. The Rincon boasts a stout approach hike which keeps out the riff raff.
Posted Apr 26, 2007 12:01 am

RobThat's a nice shot !!


Voted 10/10

But of course it is...Eppi is one of the best pro climbing photogs ever! That shot catches Kris right in the middle of doing the crux 11+ move. Once he latches that edge the difficulty eases to about 11a for the rest of the climb. That edge actually even has a name...we call it the letterslot!

Kris and I did the first ascent in 1996, just one of many good ones up there!

Btw... Kris, my notes say that Dave Tidwell was in on that fa with us...I think he did the third lead.
Posted May 1, 2007 9:18 pm

ksolemRe: That's a nice shot !!


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Hi Rob! 1996 eh..? And Eppi got this shot in spring '05 as I recall.

That's a tricky sequence there. The objective is to get that good slanting hold in the right foreground. The thin one I am about to latch enables one to do a switcharoo with the feet and reach over to the thin black incut at shoulder hieght halfway across to the good one. Then you match on that, smear the right foot out on zip and pull the big move across to the good edge.

Let's be sure we get up there and pull that again next winter..!
Posted May 2, 2007 12:21 pm

troybaileyRe: That's a nice shot !!

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You people need to just turn off your computers,shut up ,and climb!
Posted Mar 26, 2010 1:46 am

ksolemRe: That's a nice shot !!


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Look out!! Troy Bailey is in the house!

Whatz up Troy??
Posted Apr 2, 2010 8:21 pm

bongsunkeecool lookin!


Voted 10/10

nice shot....
Posted Sep 8, 2007 3:53 am

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ksolemSubmitted by ksolem
on Apr 25, 2007 3:20 pm

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