Some more back blogging, this time from Washington. After getting rained out in Squamish, I bailed to Leavenworth for a couple of weeks in October.
|Rob Guinn flashing Pimpsqueak v9.|
Maybe the best problem in Leavenworth.
Rob and I also spent a day in Gold Bar. It was cool to see the area and climb a few problems. The rock quality in Gold Bar was very good, just like I had been told. The rock and the setting, specially in the forest, reminded me quite a lot of Squamish. Will be nice to get back there and also check out Index.
|The moss covered forest of Gold Bar, WA.|
Karma is probably thinking, "why am I suppose to stand on this log?"
On my last day in Leavenworth I managed to do the first ascent of a project on the backside of the shield boulder in lower forestland. Autopilot starts on Cruise Control, and climbs up and left across the face. I think its around v11, but I'm never very sure about grades. Perhaps it is more difficult.
Sam Johnson put together a nice video over at Koan Bouldering
Autopilot FA from Sam Johnson on Vimeo.
I also made a quick stop at an area called Tum Tum. Named after the nearby city, Tum Tum is a small area close to Spokane. The rock there is ok, and there are some cool problems. It's not a destination, but if your around Spokane and want to do a little bouldering, check it out!
Here is a photo of a fun new problem I did in Tum Tum. I'm calling Rule of Thumb, in reference to a key thumb catch (kind of a week connection but whatever). It's probably around v10.
|Rule of Thumb v10, TumTum, WA.|
Photo Jon Eastman