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


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.


Fred Nicole Video

Check out this video…Good stuff.

This is So Ill

If you haven’t seen this video yet do yourself a favor and check it out. The editing is beyond sick. Tennyson S. Tanner did a remarkable job creating this piece. Check out more of his stuff here.

Cruxn Official Launch Party


Help us celebrate the launch of!

While has been up and running for just over a month, we’ve been working hard to tweak a lot of details and we’re finally ready to spread the word about the best platform for climbing bloggers on the web (in our humble opinion). And what better way to do that than give away awesome free stuff? Our Launch Party Giveaway prizes include:


Win a $250 shopping spree on

That’s right, you could win 250 big ones to spend in any way you want on Misty Mountain Threadwork’s website! Get yourself a fancy new Highlander crash pad. Or maybe a new harness (we suggest you check out the slick new Bolt), a chalk bag or two, and a Power Pack. Or maybe you just need a whole mess load of long slings–the choice is yours if you’re the lucky winner of this grand prize! Check out to see what truckload of booty could be yours if you win.


Win a Single-Event Triple Crown Pass







We have 3 Triple Crown Bouldering Series single-event passes to give away to a few lucky climbers. This means 3 people will win 1 pass each for a 2011 event of their choice: Hound Ears, Horse Pens 40, or Stone Fort. For anyone who’s gone to these events in the past, you know they are a great time that blends amazing climbing in 3 of the Southeast’s classic boulderfields with good partying with friends. If you win one of these passes, you’ll probably enjoy all that crimping and sloper smackin’ even more knowing that you got to go for free.


How to Enter the Giveaway:

Here’s how to get entered into the drawing for these great prizes. It just takes two ridiculously easy steps:

Step 1: Like this post by clicking the Facebook “Like” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 2: Like by clicking the Facebook “Like” button in the sidebar to the right.

(If you’ve already Liked the Facebook page, don’t worry. We’ll be drawing from all of the page’s fans regardless of when they Liked the page. Please note that you still need to click the “Like” button at the bottom of this post though!).

And that’s it–you’re automatically entered into the giveaway! If you happen to not use Facebook, fear not. You can still enter the contest. Just leave a comment in the Comments section below and your name will be entered to win (but please only use this option if you really don’t have a Facebook account).


This Launch Party Giveaway will run until Friday, April 29th and the winners will be announced the following week. We’ll contact the winners via Facebook or email to let them know what they have won, and how to collect their prizes.

Special thanks to Misty Mountain and Triple Crown Bouldering Series for their generous support of


Check out ’em Chatter Boys

Cumberland Blues from Brian Clevenger on Vimeo.

So I got these here friends that are living it up in Chattanooga. They don’t have much going on besides climbing sick boulder problems. Here Erich gets tantalizingly close to sending Salo’s Roof and Brian makes a mighty send of Gross’s Roof (v!!). That’s is pretty gross.

You can keep up with the both of ’em at:

Of course, it might make you sick reading Brian’s blog. He just sent v11 and is talking about quitting climbing once he joins the “real world”…