Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Newish Index Problem

I've been slacking a bit on posting recently, mostly because I can't really do it from work, and when I'm not at work I've been trying to get out climbing as much as possible. I do have some pictures and videos saved up though, and I'll try to do a better job of getting them posted over the next couple weeks. My uncle Kent Clayton gave me a hard time for not posting any pictures or videos of myself, so I'll try to do a better job of being less modest as well.

For now, here is a video of me climbing a small but quality problem that John Stordahl recently put up in Index. It is located near the Zelda Boulders cluster. It's about 100 yards from the big fin boulder, which basically points towards it; walk around an open, swampy area and find this problem just east of a small cluster of mini-boulders... not great directions, but we found it with less to go on. Enjoy!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Home Wall

Cortney and I recently installed a climbing wall at our house! I got an email from Ryan Bressler, who built the wall several years ago, saying that it was no longer welcome where it was and looking for a new home for it. It took a lot of work (and a U-Haul truck) to get it into our backyard, but it's finally set up now. I'm really surprised at how sturdy it is, as well as how much climbing space there is. Now I just need to get a few more holds... if anyone has a stash of old climbing holds hiding in their garage or attic, let me know!
For now, here are a few pictures:
The Before Photo
Ryan Gives it a Test Run
Nocturnal Joel
Cortney Crushing

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Loose Change Video

Here's a short video of me climbing Loose Change in Squamish, BC. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Squamish Backside Bouldering

While I'm not sure if I'm allowed to publicly discuss these matters, I don't have any new climbing pictures to post so I thought I'd post some pictures from a day Cortney and I spent checking out the bouldering on the backside of the Chief. While it's definitely not paralell to the Grand Wall Boulders, the area that we saw had some fun problems, and it was awesome to see new development happening in Squamish.

We started at 10 AM on our first morning in Squamish, meeting up with our friends Rich and Tyler, and our tour guide for the day, Mike, in the Grand Wall parking lot. We hiked for about two hours, leaving many bewildered day-hikers who staring at our crashpads as we passed. After finishing the infamous stairs and hiking another couple of miles on gentler ground, we paused for a while at Cobra Crack for a while to rest and gawk at the door-hinge-wide fissure. Apparently, people can climb this, but I'm incredulous.

Hiking Up The Stairs Cobra Crack - Harder than Kung Fu Fighter? Maybe.

After a few more minutes on the trail, and a bit of bushwhacking, we arrived at the boulders. We started with a nice juggy arete to warm up that set the tone for the area well. The rock is essentially the same quality as the typical Squamish granite, but because it's fresher, dirtier, and hasn't seen much traffic, it feels a bit sharp and gritty - which is great fun. We climbed a couple of other problems in the same cluster, which were all good, if not sharp Unfortunately, newly-developed boulders are not without their perils, as Rich learned firsthand when a watermelon-sized boulder tumbled onto his foot. He stared in shock until Mike and I were able to dislodge his foot. Injured but not maimed, Rich spent the rest of the day lying on a crash pad dealing with the pain.
Cortney Warming Up
Mike on a Fun Fin
Rich, in Pain Cleaning Monkeys

After an hour or so we were joined by Jamie and Sarah, up for the day from Vancouver, and we headed to some other boulders. One that really stood out was Tim Doyle's problem The Backside, which climbs a perfectly-shaped boulder from a head-high jug at the start of a 40-degree overhang. Too hard for me, but amazing nonetheless.
Jamie Tyring a Dyno to the Right of The Backside

All in all it was a wonderful day, but it was a long way to hike for the amount of bouldering I was able to do because of skin and time. As I say about most areas I visit, it did make me glad to live and climb in Wasington...

The Creek Rich After A Long, Slow Hike

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Resurrection Video

Here's a short video of me climbing Resurrection at The Farm in the North Walls. Enjoy!