Inform and Inspire

Welcome to Upstate Bouldering, designed around bouldering in the Upstate region of South Carolina. This website is intended to inform the reader of local spots in SC, Western NC and Northeast GA, as well as a blog of my experiences climbing at these great spots. I hope everyone learns of a new place to climb or is inspired to climb somewhere close to them. If you have any comments, please send me an e-mail.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

First Paddle and Lake Bouldering of the Spring

With all this hot weather, I'm shocked it took us until yesterday to take our first lake paddling trip. We finally went out to Lake Keowee, busier but warmer right now, and did a short trip near Falls Creek Landing. Falls Creek is infamous for the island, about a 1/2 mile out, with a 20 foot tall rock bulge that everyone jumps off of. Early in the season, before the poison ivy takes over and the lake drops any, you can climb a few great routes up the rock bulge, knowing that the water has got your back! One of my favorites is the V3 that starts on the right side of the rock, goes up the broken ledges and tops out on the slopers at the top...really sketchy feeling when you're mantling out the top! If you havent checked out any of the water bouldering spots on Keowee, you should. The 2 I listed under local spots can be accessed by land or next time you want to cool off, pack your oldest shoes, head out to the lake and get some air between you and the water!

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