Saturday, December 15, 2012

LT11 Forest Lands Video

I just came across this video from the Louder Than 11 guys and a strong group of climbers from Brooklyn who took a late summer trip to Leavenworth, Gold Bar, and Squamish.  The video includes high-quality footage of a good number of Washington's best problems, and is remarkably accurate with problem names and grades (save for the one Mount Baker reference).  Some of the dialogue is a little unfortunate, but it's nice to see a group of out-of-state climbers speak so highly of our home areas.  If only spring would come a little sooner...


Forest Lands from Brooklyn Boulders on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Leavenworth Bouldering Guide Update

It's been a while since I've updated this blog, mostly due to the fact that the weather in the Northwest hasn't been especially good for climbing during the past few months.  However, it's also due to my spending most of my little free time working on the Leavenworth Bouldering guide...

Not Washington

I recently received word from Fred Knapp that Sharp End has fewer copies of the Central Washington Bouldering guide than he thought, and the book will likely be out of print by next summer.  I have stepped my efforts up accordingly, and my "sometime in 2014" schedule has changed to a "summer of 2013" schedule.  It's been exciting working on the book, adding color to maps from Central Washington Bouldering, creating maps for new areas, writing problem descriptions, and going through thousands of old photos to find shots worthy of being put in print.  It's very motivating!  The book will have loads of new problems, including:

Entirely New Problems
 (Joel Campbell on Aint' Nothin' But A Hueco Thing)

 (New Areas at Mountain Home)

 New Problems at Existing Areas
(Dyno at Swiftwater)

(Egg Rock)

... And Problems that were Projects in CWB
 (I Heart Jerry Garcia)

  I'll continue to post updates here as the project progresses.