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This blog page is a compilation of trip reports from members past and present. It serves as a platform for us to share more about our climbing adventures and to learn from others’ experiences. If you are keen on sharing your trip report, do drop an email to the club (illinoisclimbingclub@gmail.com). We recommend typing out …

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Dissonance

By: Peter ReganDate: 16 May 2019Route: Durrance Route, Devil’s Tower WYTeam: Patrick Vickers and Peter Regan Lesson Learned:If you ever decide to go climb in Wyoming, let me give you some advice: When you and your partner cross the state line, stop the car and punch each other in the face. This serves as a warmup for the …

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Colorado Winter Trip

It was bitterly cold early Friday morning, January 25th , as I pulled out of Champaign and onto the interstate and aimed the old Subaru south. I don’t mind this simple, reliable car, but, like me, she’s showing her years. I was thankful the cargo area and roof-top box held a full load of survival …

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Going Deep

– Shao

Descending the Keyhole

Long’s Peak Summit via Stettner’s Ledges to Upper Kiener’s, Descending the Keyhole -At 4 am on August 22, 2018, under a black sky full of stars Mihail Krumov and me, Rich Weston,  headed back up the trail for a second attempt to summit Long’s Peak via a 5th class rock route.  We had turned back the …

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Mexi-Come Climb With Me

Buckle up kid’s I’m back from Mexico and it’s TRIP REPORT TIME. As usual there’s a TL:DR section at the bottom. EL POTRERO CHICO (THE LITTLE CORAL) I first heard of EPC two years ago when a bunch of people from the club went during winter, and I sorta had my eyes on this place …

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Protect What Is Holy

What is up boys and girls apparently when I took up the role of tech chair and started doing trip reports to encourage people to write about adventures it actually meant I’m the only one who’s actually gonna bother writing them but well here we go. How in the damn world did I not visit …

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Pere Marquette State Park

​Callout weekend got rescheduled due to rain, so I (Marshal Herrmann), Shao, Ansel, and Melanie checked out Illinois’ newest crag on Sunday, April 23. Summarized into quick facts, the good, the bad, the (driving) beta, the verdict, and an outline of our day. https://www.mountainproject.com/v/pere-marquette-state-park/112240918 Quick facts about the park​ On the Missouri/Illinois border along the …

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Jackson Girls Trip

This weekend was the Badass Bitches Climber Crew climbing trip.  We went out to Jackson Falls for the weekend with a crew of nearly a dozen women.  We stayed up at the campsite near the dog walk which was a first for me.  We arrived Friday night and just passed out. Saturday we went down …

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Red Rocks Winter Wonderland

It’s time for a well overdue trip report that all of us were too lazy to write about!​During the last week of winter break, a good number of us went out west in search of good climbing, less than freezing rocks, lots of good food, and maybe a chance to get lucky.  Our group comprised …

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The Red Squad

Sup people! So it’s been a long time since trip reports were formally recorded so I’ll get the ball rolling! ***WARNING*** I’m really long winded so you can scroll to the bottom for a Too Long Didn’t Read Summary. A group of 9 of us went to the Red River Gorge (the Red) over Fall …

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Trip Report – China

Climbing Trip Report: China Version ‘16 (Nov-Dec)SEAN HIBLE It’s been awhile since I’ve seen an all-encompassing climbing trip report so I wanted to create one for my past month and a half climbing around China. The first section is just an all around guide for anyone who wants to go to China in terms of …

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TR Labor Day in Linville Gorge

Ok, I know that a ton of club gear went out this weekend, so bring on the Labor Day trip reports! I’ll get things started. Marshall, Elise, Shannon and I drove out to the Linville Gorge in North Carolina and met up with Kevin and his friend Ryan to get high doing easy multi-pitch trad …

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Bouldering in Steele

So I went to Horse Pens 40 Bouldering area in Steele AL last weekend. I don’t have any pics, but here is a link to some of the so called “moderates”: http://www.deadpointmag.com/videos/watch/hp40-moderates It was really hot, and I was out of shape, so I didn’t climb much. We were just about the only ones there …

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Starstruck in Innsbruck – Austria

Hi Team, So for the past month I have been wandering around Austria, visiting friends, hiking, climbing and eating very well. Sadly, less climbing than hiking but it has still been super. Something I have really come to enjoy while touring some of the endless mountain with names that sound like your trying to cough …

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Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak, CO

Hi everyone, Doug and I had a very successful trip to CO last week where we climbed the Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak (our goal) and the Northeast face of Arrow Peak (bonus!). The short version is that we had awesome weather, climbed two amazing mountains, and got back very tired. Long winded trip report follows.  Thanks,Matt This …

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Colorado Trip Report

Kevin and I just got back from the west. Here is the trip report for our Colorado climbing experience. We learned a ton and I hope others can learn from our experiences. Pictures are available on my Facebook page. Search for me as Marshall Kuypers. This trip is best described as a learning experience. This …

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Yosemite!

Hi! I just send you this Email to share some pictures of our Yosemite trip. I spent the first 2 weeks of June in the Valley with Laurent and Xavier, 2 friends of mine from France. During the first week, we climbed the Nose on El Capitan. We spent 4 days and 3 nights on …

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Jackson Falls Accident Report

I spent this weekend in Jackson with Jake (Hogan), and 8 of my friends and my brother (novice climbers at best). We spent Saturday and Sunday doing many moderate routes suitable for the moderate climbers I was showing around. Late Saturday afternoon, Jake and I were walking through the parking lot at Jackson and I …

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East Falls Incident

Hey guys, this is my first trip report and I know it is just about Jackson, but I feel like it is important. My mind is still scattered after yesterday’s events, but I thought a brief overview would be beneficial to everyone, and possibly help me organize all my thoughts. If all you read is …

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Feeding the Rat

Always in search for adventure, it’s a challenge when you are married and working. Colorado is 18 hrs. North Carolina 10 hrs. Wyoming even further. What’s left? 40-60 feet of good old southern Illinois sandstone. That said, I really have been doing my best to jump on the natural lines and since there are not …

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Wayfaring

This started out as a long Trip Report. Then I realized that there were enough things that happened that I could expound on, that I could make this a Very Long- but instructional- Trip Report. If you are new to climbing, there are multiple things in here that might be of interest to you. If …

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