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Kirk Schleiffarth
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Spring Break 2016
After a weekend of climbing around Flagstaff and a short stint in southern Utah visiting my sister and her family, I headed up to the Salt Lake area for the rest of spring break. I got to see my parents, friends, got some climbing in and skied some sweet ba...

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Recent Climbing in the Southwest
THE PIT Jenna on her way down after a solid lead on REM (5.10a) at the Pit  Jenna crushing some 5.11 on top rope Moving through the crux on Mr. Slate (5.10b) at the Pit Finishing off Mr. Slate SEDONA TRIFECTA The start of a 10 hour day of climbing on our Se...

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Iron Messiah, Zion
Iron Messiah 5.10 Trad, 7 pitches Grave IV 200 ft of 5.6ish "approach" Some sketch approach moves. A guy died on the approach to this climb in 2012, follow your heart.  John leads the way up the first pitch, which is a bolted 5.10 face climb followed by a 5...

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Colorado Backcountry Skiing and Climbing
I always take the opportunity to work in the Denver area. I have some friends in the area, there's lots of big mountains, and one of those friends share my aspirations to get on top of all the big mountains.  So over the past 2-3 weeks, I have been able to ...

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Silver Fork Backcountry Skiing
Dani hikes into the sun Crossing the major gully coming off of the Meadow Chutes area. Pretty skied up, but there were plenty pf other lines to be had.  Skinning through the aspens Untouched terrain Dani puts on the breaks and just laughs because it was so ...

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Elysian Buttress, Mt. Elden
Elysian Buttress Original Route 5.8 trad, 4 pitches Derek on the 40 minute approach to the base of the route  Evidence of the recent wildfires to torch the eastern flanks of Mt. Elden   The Elysian Buttress Derek working through the top portion of pitch 1  ...

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Volcanoes, Aspens, Sedona Spires
A variety of October weekend adventures in Northern Arizona I led some young geologists through Lava River Cave, a 700,000 year old lava tube originating from the Hart Prarie shield volcano We also explored and discussed the formation of the natural amphith...

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2015 Flagstaff Sky Race - VERTICAL KM
This past weekend I competed in the Vertical Km race at Snowbowl in Flagstaff, AZ, part of the Sky Race Series. The course climbs 3,281 ft. and descends 1,026 ft. over a distance of 3 miles. Other than climbing several mountains this summer, I didn't do a l...

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Engineer Mountain, CO
Engineer Mountain (12,968 ft.) Northeast Ridge (class 3) 4.5 miles round trip 2,400 ft. elevation gain Engineer Mountain stands fairly isolated quite close to Coal Bank Pass along scenic Highway 550 in the heart of the San Juan mountains of southwestern Col...

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Long's Peak via Keyhole Ridge
Long's Peak (14,255 ft.) via Key Hole Ridge - 5.6 grade III August 26, 2015 14 miles 5,5000 ft elevation gain Michael and I seem to never settle for the standard routes up mountains. We decided to attempt the Keyhole Ridge route on Long's Peak to make the o...
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