Thursday, September 27, 2012

More New Stuff...

Check it. Another fine video chronicling the rampant development in the Tahoe basin. Hat tip to Jon Thompson. This is truly the golden age of Tahoe bouldering.

and here is another amazing Kyle O line that I recently repeated:

4 stars! This line is one of the best for the grade in Tahoe. It is long and puppy on golden crimps for the first half and then slippery slopers for the finish. Amazing line!

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cold Stream part Trois

Another great line out at Coldstream Canyon:

This line is really cool.  It feels like the hardest line I have done out at Coldstream so far and feels similar in difficulty to Red Fern, V11.  I spent 3 days on this rig;  the first day with Kyle and Joel we could not figure out all the moves and we were just trying the stand!  The second day, I figured out some really helpful beta and got psyched.  I tried to rally the brethren for a posse tromp, but alas, it turned out to be a solo mission with the fam.

But luckily, there was sendage!  ...Siemay and I put up several other sweet lines including a really neat one move V8 over near the Fern lines.  Thuggish!  Although the temps are still not right for the truly hard lines, the crew is in fine shape, perhaps the best ever, for the upcoming epic Tahoe season.

Going out to Cold Stream again tomorrow if anyone wants in!

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


...No, it's not really really big, it is awesome though and will get you to theses amazing problems:

Wave Catcher, V11

Another rad climb amongst many at Way Lake!
Visit to order this must have Sierra bouldering hotspot! Mammoth has been the "new" underground spot that locals have been going to. I myself enjoy the bouldering there more than Bishop which is sharp, crowded, and played out with hordes of climbers from LA and the world.

Okay, okay!!! Fine. Bishop is rad, too.

I'm getting a Mammoth Bouldering Guide, are you?

Kudos to Charles Barrett for the hard work and quality job.

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

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Cold Stream part Deux

More media from this Tahoe gem of an area. Many new lines to be done!

Return of Fern Sit V10:

Maverick Renegade V10, another video edit/angle:

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

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cold Stream

There's been a few new North shore spots getting the love these days: Summit Lake is very cool with nice bullet granite and Cold Stream (once briefly known as the "Death March" boulders) has proven to be a new amazing zone with many blocs on different tiers of slabs. There are many steep featured lines of excellent quality and projects all around.

Here is Kyle O'Meara's mega line "Maverick Renegade" V10:

Check out this great video of Jon's documenting some good work on a giant boulder:

Check out these phtogs!:

Another 4 star Kyle O V8 called "Kids These Days" at Cold Stream Canyon. So sick! I love this climb!

Really cool new line I just put up at Cold Stream. "Zun Factor" V6

Siemay Transversing the rail into Jon Thompson's amazing "Rock and a Hard Place" steep compression line...

Even Baby Z loves this place!

The amazing crag behind the first tier boulders that has amazing 5.12-5.14a climbing including Jimmy Hayden and Kyle O'Meara's 5.13a/14a (direct) 4 star "Meteor Shower" route and D. Griff's amazing 13.a "Constant Sorrow.". Sport climbin'!!!

One of the best bouldering lines I saw up there was the 4 star line "Return of Fern" opened by the one and only Tom Fern on a brief visit here with his kids. I recently sent this rad V9 sloper squeezathon, and today added the super cool sit to bump the grade up to a 10-banger. Joel Zerr and Kyle O got psyched also and climbed the new addition quickly. Kyle also did the Fern Transverse, V11; a sweet vario traverse in with amazing moves done by Moses Potter. Moses is cranking after a long trip to Rocklands! Nice Moses!

Today was also a productive and beautiful day with the Team. Joel and Kyle and I developed several classic new lines today in the V6-9 range and tried a hard new project at sunset.

I also did an FA of a radically gymnastic and bold dyno called "Twist & Shout" V9. Though not tall, this 45 degree overhung double dyno has a totally insane swing to control. This line's move is really really cool, and I will try to get a video.

Joel did a sweet steep power V10 on the final approach to the second tier as well. We also did a really nice sloper V6 on the same boulder. I will have more video and photos in the coming days. rock climbing is so much fun!
This area is too difficult to give beta to in the blog, but it will be in Hatchett's guide due for a spring release. It is definitely one of my favorite spots in Tahoe and the bouldering here is secluded and sublime.

Get out and crank! The season is almost here!

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

Monday, September 10, 2012

2nd annual Tahoe Bouldering Competition

This coming Saturday Sept. 15th! New areas, lunch, beer, Slackline comp, dyno comp & more!

Check it out:

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

Monday, September 3, 2012

Polar Opposites V12

Congrats to Kyle O'Meara for his proud FA of a really sweet line at Sugarpine called "Polar Opposites." Here are some pics:

This rad line took Kyle several long sessions and he finally did it earlier this summer on a solo mission! This climb is just past Sugar 1 right off the trail on the right. I can't wait to try it! Kyle has brought incredible motivation to the Tahoe scene, and he has put up several sick lines along the way. He is now a bona fide local even though he lives in the Bay. Kyle has some impressive flashes under his belt such as Thriller V10 in Yosemite and Integrity V10 in South Lake (a 4-star Jarrad Wycoff problem at the Beavers.)


(Kyle modestly called this V11, but it took him 6 sessions and he has since upgraded it! Only time will truly tell with more consensus as many of us are chomping at the bit to try this in cooler temps...)

There is a lot of action in South Lake this summer and new problems are going up all around as Dave Hatchett finishes up the first extensive West/North Shore guidebook to bouldering in the amazing and vast Tahoe basin.

Apparently, our old friend Jason Kehl is coming for a month to climb projects, write an article about the Tahoe Golden Age, and join the boyz in the forests getting crazy on perfect granite!

I will have posts soon about Cold Stream Canyon and a rare non-climbing post about our recent week out at Burning Man with photos galore.

Stay tuned!

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