The temps have finally dropped down into the not-so-suffering range down here in the Foothills and the sends are starting to accumulate. George and I have been hitting the Bearfields every week, at least once, and we've also been checking out some other local spots like Aztek and the Big Easy boulder wall. If you are in the area and want to boulder with us, drop me an e-mail and we'll set a date for some climbing. George has got the feeling for the local rock and the super South Carolina Slabs are starting to come easier for him. In fact, he resent a proud V2 HIGHBALL route that hasn't seen a send in almost 5 years yesterday, which I repeated aftewards. It was good to get on this old/new route and see it to the scary topout. We have both also started projecting one of the best V6's (or so) in the Bearfields... Walter's Wild Ride. This route hasnt seen a repeat in about 5 years also, and is one of the most aesthetic and proud routes in the Bearfields. We also went out last Friday and visited an access sensitive area that was hopefully about to become available for the Upstate to climb in...but after talking with someone in charge, they have decided to keep it illegal to boulder. A total bummer! This week, I plan on hitting the Bearfields and the first fall visit to Jedi before I head up to Charlotte and check out the Dixon School Road Boulders, the newest addition to Crowders State Park.
I have been using a new topo program and have started making detailed picture topos, like in Dorrity's Bald book, of most of the routes around the upstate. One of the completed projects is the Big Easy boulder wall and I will hopefully put this up as a new local spot here soon...keep your eyes peeled!