The Hanging Arete


This photo made me post on my blog for the first time in at least a year!  Check out Jim on this classic – The Hanging Arete.

New Years in the Deep South

Erich and I finally went on a bouldering trip together!  It seems that every year we plan a trip and it never pans out…

Well this year it happened and it was a good one.  Although the weather didn’t fully cooperate we still managed to get our paws on some southern sandstone for a few days.  We set off early Friday morning planning to go straight to LRC.  About 2 hours into the drive our gadgets informed us that a rain system was coming straight at us so we bailed north for a half day at the Lilly Boulderes.  I’d never been there before so it was neat to check out a new area.  The boulders were cool although I imagine this will probably turn out very similar to my first trip to the NRG — went bouldering the first trip and once I saw the routes I never went back to toadin’.  Erich sent a cool problem (OPP) and I flailed on Slam Dunk – a cool v5 in the main area.  After we had enough wet bouldering we hiked down to look at the routes.  We finally made it down to some cool climbs (Rasputin, etc) and they looked quite impressive, big horizontal roofs that I probably won’t ever be able to climb.

The sun set.  We finished up the drive to Chattanooga and ended up breaking into Zach/Ehrin’s pad thanks to Erich’s climbing ability.  Big thanks to the Irvin family for letting me and the lady killer crash at their place.  Day 2 we heading south, Citadel bound, in the rain, sleet and finally snow.  It was a very depressing climbing day because we did zero climbing.  We did however check out the cabin that Alove and Tim were staying at, literally on top of Little River Canyon.  It was cool to take in so much choss at one time.

Day 3:  Cold, splitter day in Chattanooga.  Woke up super early and we were at LRC by 9:00am.  It was blistery warming up but just to see the sun was good enough for us.  I sent a really cool problem called Shotgun which is probably not v6.  I think Erich sent everything.  Later in the day I got very close to sending Heroin but was too pumped to do the top out…next time.

Day 4: Went back to the Citadel with a bunch of good folk.  Let me say that the Citadel is much better when you can actually climb there!!  Got on a warmup that just took a little tookin’.  Got on the campus problem without any campusing.    Got on the Nautilus.  Watched a bunch of cool boulders get climbed including Zach flashing Big Poppa – v7!  Also watched Hiegl send Maurice Reed’s crack, left of Big Poppa.  That was the hardest I saw anybody try the entire trip, sick!

Day 4 eve, aka New Years.  Ended up being the DD but I enjoyed it – lots of classy things happened that evening.  New Years Day the weather was awful so we headed back to the promise land.

The End.

New Misty Chalk Bag

It’s nice to live in these here Misty Mountains

Went by Misty yesterday and they were slam out of chalk bags!  What did I do?  Went to footsloggers and got this bad boy.  Bout time to feed him with some chalk.  Mmm…tasty.  By the way, these are the best chalk bags on the planet.  Wearing anything else just wouldn’t feel right.

Also, did you know you can customize your own Misty Mountain chalk bag?  Check out Misty Mountain to see their current fabrics.  Be sure to check back periodically because they add new fabrics to their site all the time!

Ben’s 221 Vid

Check this shia.  It’s got some sicky Presidents on the soundtrack.  221 IS some of the best rock on the planet.

221 Circuit from Benjamin Newton on Vimeo.

Two Twenty One

221 is holding, period.  I had a great weekend at Grandmother and 221.  I feel like I climbed better on day two – it’s funny how that works.  We got on a bunch of good stuff including Boulders Boulder where I did the cool problem on the left side of the face for the second time.  This time I used Erich’s good foot beta.  Next we went down to the Dungeon where I continued my battle with 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  I stuck the crux move twice from the start and to my surprise this stunt received an official punt status from Officer Bag.  I tried to defend myself but with counsels like Purpur, Lief and Tilley, my plea was overridden.  It will go down soon!

Here are a few shots from Sunday

Lief on Boulders Boulder

Erich on Sign of the Times – v5

Dave on a cool face climb at Lower Area E

Majestic Grandmother Mountain


Rack Upgrade

Wide Rack

Clinton hooked me up with a good deal on some of his cams.  The new addition filled my rack out nicely.  Too bad it’s bouldering season!

221 Boulders – Cube, Iceberg & Carjacker

Yea dis rock climbing stuff is fun.  Went out for the second day in a row to 221 and had a great time with J&J.  We got out by about 2:30 and climbed until dark.  We started at the Cube (no pictures) and it was killer.  We did almost every climb on that boulder.  I must say that all of the problems on the Cube are awesome.  Next we went down to Iceberg and I sent the slab problem!  It was beginning to look like I might have to project that damn thing – it’s an incredible line.  While heading to Carjacker I tried to beast my way through a thorn bush and it wouldn’t let go of me.  It turned me 360 degrees and put me on my butt.  Kinda had to be there to see how funny it was…Last but not least, Julie onsighted Carjacker.  The end.

302 Days Later

It’s been quite some time, eh?  I don’t need excuses because this is my blog, not yours.  Get your own damn blog!  Anyway, I’ve almost been back in Boone for a year coming up in December.  It’s great to be back up here.  The climbing is still killer and the seasons are still beautiful.  My career change has also been a move in the right direction.  I work with my dad at Boone Real Estate and have really enjoyed the change of pace.

Sometimes I lose motivation in things.  It’s refreshing to come back to my blog.  I think Trew’s journal and Purpur’s blog reignited my desire to share.  It’s easy to forget the day-to-day and a blog is a great way to keep up.  Besides that, facebook destroys image quality and to be honest I’m sick of the “likes”.  Although public, I find a personal blog much more intimate.  It takes just a bit more effort to land on this page.  You are here because you give a shit, not because you’re bored, standing in line at Wal-Mart scrolling through your news feed (guilty as charged).  Wow, this feels good!  Ok, enough is enough.

Oh, I almost forgot.  I took a mega whipper on Pope in a Cowboy Hat.  It was definitely one of the scariest falls I’ve ever taken.  Got a little beat up but it’s better than calling the ambulance.  Henry was the only one to spot me out of 3 or 4 people.  Spot your friends, don’t just stand there.


Video from Whitetop, VA

I’ve been back in Boone for a few weeks now and it’s been great.  I’m starting to learn a lot about the real estate industry.  Recently my dad and I took a trip to Whitetop, VA to capture some amazing footage.  I must admit the views are as good as anything I’ve ever seen.  The sound quality is a bit harsh due to the blustery wind on top of the mountain.  There will be much more to come as we launch into the 21st century.


Boone Real Estate | Whitetop, VA from Boone Real Estate on Vimeo.