Bouldering in the High Country

I don’t have much time to write on my personal blog so I’ll let the photos do the talkin’.  What a great place to live – to be able to climb boulders like this after work!




HP-40: A Worthy Boulderfield

A few weeks ago a few of us (Ryan, Sam & James) went down to Horse Pens for a few days.  We were able to sneak in two spliiiiiiter days before the rain came on Sunday morning.  By that point we weren’t too upset because we were all thrashed and most everyone’s tips were bleeding (see photos below).  The last few times I’ve been to HP-40 was for the Triple Crown comp so it was refreshing to spend a few days in late January with great temps and without crowds.  It was the first time for Ryan and James so Sam and I refused to get on anything except the three star CLASSICS!  And classy they are!!  We got on Man with the Chuffer Hand, Red Arrow, Groove Rider, Genesis, Spirit, Mortal Kombat (bling!), Honky Tonkin’, Bum Boy, Centerpede, Millipede just to name a few.  I got some revenge and sent Mortal Kombat on the first day (as well as James)!  MK is definitely in the top 10, probably top 5 best boulder problems I’ve ever done.  It’s a mega line.

As we worked through so many good problems, our fingertips started revealing evidence of too much sloper slappin’.  We climbed all day on Friday and Saturday capping it off with a proper night sesh on the Bum Boy Boulder.  I sent Millipede by the skin of my knees at the end of the night sesh – yowza!  James had the worst tips by far but he kept on getting after it until the very end.  Ryan had a great trip as well knocking out many good problems having never climbed on southeast sandstone before!  Horse Pens 40 is holding!

Ryan got a new phone that takes really nice photos and I was shooting some as well.  Enjoy the shots!

Springtime Toadin’ and Rope Throwbacks

Spring in the High Country ain’t all that bad –  vibrant greens, beautiful boulders, no puffy jackets!  I haven’t been climbing too much as of late but I’ve squeaked a session in from time to time.  Here are a few photos of Julie bouldering around the High Country in 2014.  Since Erich lives 2,477 miles away it appears that Julie has taken Erich’s place as my go-to climbing subject.



Just for good measure and because it’s rope season I’ve decided to throw in a couple oldies but goodies.  Rope climbing is pretty darn good, ain’t it???

Erich on Disturbance in 2010

Erich on Disturbance in 2010


Matt at Hawksbill - April 2011

Matt at Hawksbill – April 2011


Paden at Shiprock - July 2011

Paden at Shiprock – July 2011


Dalen killing it on Apollo Reed - August 2011

Dalen killing it on Apollo Reed – August 2011


Climbing at the NRG - December 2012 (Day I was asked to be Paden's best man!)

Climbing at the NRG – December 2012 (Day I was asked to be Paden’s best man!)


What a good day yesterday!  Les came up for the weekend and we had a great day climbing on Saturday.  Zen finally went down!  Yes!  Temps were in the low 50’s at Grandmother and I knew it’d probably be one of the last days I had a shot.  We warmed up on Chainsaw and headed straight down to the Mad Skillz wall.  I gave Zen a half try and the holds felt perfect.  I sent 2nd go and it felt so good.  Great holds, great problem.  After that we met up with Leif at the main area.  He is so damn close to sending Hot Rod.  Enjoy the photos.

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Knee Bars & Huckin’ Meat

Erich came home for Josh’s wedding (which was awesome!!) and basically crushed everything in the High Country.  His previous trip he almost sent Zen Corner at Upper Lost Cove but walked away empty handed.  Not this time.  He sent within two or three goes and made it look like V4 with his knee bar beta.  After that we went up to another area and Erich squeaked out an all points off double handed dyno on his last try.  It was quite an impressive day consider he took a redeye flight about 12 hours earlier.  Route of the day: the spliiiiitttteeeerrrr arete you’ll see below.  Wow.

See photos of Erich & Leif below:

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Surplus of Bouldering Shots

After occasional but consistent barraging I’ve finally decided to post some photos of climbing around the High Country since our Squamish Trip.  I haven’t been shooting or climbing much the past 6 months mostly due to being busy with real estate and having surgery on my Pudendal nerve.  Surgery is done and hopefully I’m on the mend now.  I’m looking forward to a fun Spring/Summer season!  Enjoy the photos…

Also, please be sure to check out Tilley’s Blog (aka Boone Mafia) for much more action!

AND if you want to read about how skiing is better than climbing (gag) you can always read Erich’s Blog.















Squamish – Bro’s Trip 2013


Bro Trip 2013 was one of the best climbing trips best trips of my life!  Pictures are worth a thousand words so I don’t have to write anything else…actually I gotta run but will provide a trip report soon.

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.