Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fresh Tips V8

This is another sweet little filler line at the amazing Soda Springs area. along with Soul Glow V10, White Stallion V10, Pre Season V9 & Tears of Tammy Faye Baker V9, Fresh Tips V8 is a must do Tahoe neo-classic.

Here is some video from Jon Thompson, the artist formerly known as "Red."

Jake Novotny climbs in style!

Thanks to Paul Otis for reinvigorating this forgotten area which is filled with new gems!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Kraft Rocks Visit

Well, we went to Red Rocks.

Tired of sharp litttle Bishop crimps, ridiculous crowds and nothing but really hard projects left to do; we passed through B town just long enough to visit with some old friends.

Then, it was off to Red Rocks and sandstone boulders! although we have bouldered there many times before, this trip opened our eyes to some new school gems, and lines to go back for.

Here is our friend, Alex Johnson, on a super classic, huecoey problem called "Bitch Slap 5" V9:

What a fun line! It is about a hundred feet back and directly above Monkey Bars. Classic resistance. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

We met up with Kenny B. and Mike Doyle along with the Alex's (Johnson and Honnold.). You will not be surprised to learn that crushing ensued. AJ actually did a cool V12 and seemed to be in good form. She and Honnold both did the classic Ethan line "Stand And Deliver" V11 in just a few goes. There were many other proud sends, that we did not witness.

For my part, I repeated a seldom done Moulin dyno called "Taurine" above the Tsunami block at Red Springs. It really fit me and felt about V9, as it is graded, but I did it in a few tries. I did have to Try Hard!

Another highlight of the trip was seeing our old friend from medical school, Ed Kwon. Ed is strong as always despite being in "route shape" and finishing up his fellowship in Trauma Surgery. He was telling us about his cool V12 GSW surgeries where he beat the clock and saved lives and limbs. So cool. Additionally, We got to stay with Leanna, who we know as a climber form Ohio. Her and her husband, Adam, have a real nice spot out in Blue Diamond.

Siemay did some great problems too. Names and grades, unknown, but I can tell that after six months, she has gotten back her strength and is excited to work some tougher lines again.

Zun is Zun. smiley, happy, and now fond of the taste of earthy sandstone!

Vegas is a strange place indeed, but I really like the bouldering, and its a nice break from the Bishop scene that we are so used to.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Voodoo Stones: January in Tahoe

Dave Hatchett found an excellent new zone that climbers have mostly overlooked for decades. These blocks, behind Fallen Leaf Lake, have seen some traffic and some of the easier lines and moderates were likely done, but many of the boulders remained undeveloped.

check out some classic FA's we put up on flawless stone:

There were about 3 great sessions out there before the snows finally came. we have a couple mega lines left that will most likely get done next summer or fall depending on when the snow melts.

Even baby Zun made the arduous hike to bask in the warm January Tahoe sun. Great video by John Thompson.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual.