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Bell's Pale Ale

Finally back to the home base for a brief stint.  This past week consisted of some moderate climbing, awesome mountain biking and some other not-so-interesting stuff.  Last Saturday I pressured Mike into climbing some moderate trad (inside sources said he was less than stoked) so we went to Big Lost Cove.  We did a gorgeous 5.8 arete that was probably 500ft or so.  Zach and Eric Hiegl had both recently climbed it with their significant others so it was only fitting that grimbo and I do it.   If nothing else, it proves we are not homophobic!  Big Lost Cove is pretty remote so just getting to the base of the climb was an adventure.  Mike was slamming tree branches in my face and the whole nine.  We cranked it off in 3 pitches and each pitch offered some really cool moves.  Although it’s not the 5.12 wall at Middle Hawksbill, it was fun nonetheless.  We finished the day off with some Bell’s Pale Ale while taking pictures of what we just climbed.

Next subject: A New Project!  (Can you guess where it is??)

This bloc appears to be unclimbed and ready for a first accent.  I will show you the picture below but it honestly doesn’t give it justice.  The what looks to be a spicy topout is about 20ft off the deck!  The face is almost dead vertical and looks like there are just enough holds to make it climbable.  I’m not great at judging new problems but this thing has caught my eye more than once.  It looks like it’s begging to be climbed and next time I’m in the area I will be sure to give it a few burns.  If it turns out to be cool and kicks my ass I promise to disclose the location to let you stronger folk send it.

Beautiful Big Lost Cove - 5.8 Arete

New project in town?


  1. Nice post Matt! You and Grimbo deserve each other. Good luck on this new project–looks classic.

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