Saturday I blasted out to the Boulder Batholith with Guy and Robin, who was back visiting for a stint....currently he is making sure climbing hardware is safe over at BD...doing that smart engineering work...pretty cool to hear about for sure. Sounds like a great place for Robin, and I'm glad he's continuing to 'live the dream'.
We dropped by the Homestake Lodge to see Chris and show Guy around the area a bit. The weather was a bit worse up top on the pass, but I wanted to give Guy and Robin a tour of the Northern Bourbons...This is where the upcoming outdoor bouldering festival/competition will be held. Yes, you read that right...mark your calenders...AUGUST 14th @ the Homestake Lodge...a day filled with bouldering, music, community, competition, and more, all to benefit the SMCC....more details to come soon...Just have to say we're super psyched to see this coming together and hopefully this can work out to be an annual event!
After the tour of the Northern Bourbons, we headed out for a drive along Delmoe Lake Rd...chasing sun pockets and giving Guy a roadside tour of the different areas...hoping to find some dry rock...We stopped to check out a couple roadside problems close to the lake(~.5 mile or so), an obvious overhang and a tall roadside cube slab with a Doug fir draping its branches over the top out...but it also has an obvious traverse cutting up and right across the roadside face, as well as some cool options on the other aspects...the branches helped shield the rock from the moisture, and we worked the traverse a bit...I also found a Franklin bouldering brush under the overhang...safe to say these obvious roadsides have been checked out before...perhaps even recently...anyone missing a brush?
Well, we finally decided on the Anomalies, as it mainly faces south, and things looked like they were clearing up...it had been awhile since I had been there, and it was cool to go back and work some problems. Grungeskull was mostly wet, but the rear extension(proper start waiting to be done) was workable. Amazingly I figured it out and linked it into the original start first go!...crazy how something that seemed so beyond me a few years back is now somewhat straight forward...psyched to go back and link it up...here's a shot of it from a few years back.
Guy and Robin ticked off the classics, gave a couple of the strange roofs a go...we also worked the long roof traverse, which is working out to be a great problem...good fun, then the rain came back through...
Two more days of climbing followed...nice to be back out on the stone. Hope y'all are getting out as well.