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, March 15, 2011

Retro-Review: Misty Mountain Highlander Crashpad

I have just put up a review of one of my all time favorite crashpads...the Misty Moutain Highlander. After 10+ years of abuse, I finally decided to give it its due props over on Click on over there and check out the full review and tell me what you think about your Misty Highlander!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunrift Adventures College Night

Upstate SC college boulderers & climbers...the best outfitters in the upstate are helping you starving students get your summer gear for cheaper! Check out the College Night at Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest, 10 minutes north of Greenville, coming up next Tuesday. They have a great selection of climbing shoes (yep, they've got Solutions), chalk bags, crashpads, ropes, pro, biners and other accessories that every climber is always in need of. All the info you need is below...

College Night
March22nd 6-9 pm

Bring your student ID to enjoy special discounts while the store is open just for YOU. Register to win FREE giveaways. One night only! Need directions? Give us a call at 834-3019

Storewide 15% OFF

3 miles north of Furman, stay left on 276
Great selection of clothing and footwear. All major brands!

A big thanks to Sunrift for being an upstate climbing resource and advocate (and all around cool store)!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Orangepoint 2011 Competition

This past Saturday, the 2011 Orangepoint Climbing Competition was held by the Clemson Climbing Club and the CORE at the Fike Recereation facility on the campus of Clemson University.

Here you can see the sign up table and Sunrift Adventures table with goodies for sale.

The comp started around 11am with the first 3 hour heat, and the second 3 hour heat started around 2pm.

Getting the comp started!

Competitors could climb as many routes as they wanted to in the 3 hour span, and the highest 5 problems were added up to give them their score. Here's a gallery of the first heat...

I'm still trying to track down the results of the comp...I'll post up the results when I get them.

Here is a copy of what Stephen Scoff, the SC rep of the CCC commented on the website recently...

"Clemson's Orange Point Comp Raises $202 for the CCC
Better than anticipated crowds really brought about some great energy, strong climbers, and a respectable sum for the CCC! I want to thank Michael Lacour, Andrew Brownlow and the entire Clemson Climbing Club for helping bring attention to the CCC and all its efforts.

Hopefully by next year’s comp we’ll have even more SC spots open for bouldering and climbing.

Stephen Scoff

Thanks again to the Clemson Climbers for hooking up this great comp and supporting the CCC...we really appreciate their help and look forward to getting these guys involved in some trail days at some local boulders here soon!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You know you've been there before; high above the deck, palms sweating and rock slipping from your doubt you were Cruxn! Now there is a new website that takes the sweat and panic out of it and just provides you with some new perspective, beta or a review of the current local climbing scene...and it too is called Cruxn (.com that is). If you're at all familiar with local climbers that blog, then you know of Frixtion, Matt Paden's website. Matt, along with a couple of other dedicated bloggers/local climbers have created a place that multiple bloggers can join together and provide more content and info on what's happening nearby. Here's a quote from Frixtion and what Matt has to say about this project...

" has been a collaborative effort with Matt de Camara and Zachary Lesch-Huie. We wanted to come up with a better way for climbing bloggers to pool together and increase readership and community. We found it gets kinda lonely blogging out there solo.

So check out the site and let us know what you think. We encourage anyone who is blogging now or wants to blog about climbing to join us on Cruxn. There are no rules for how much you post, and you can keep on bloggin' on yer own blog. We're just trying to increase each blogger's awareness and make a central place for everyone to get together, which increases the amount of conversation. So far, it's been really fun and we're psyched on the response we've been hearing.

For more info, check out the about page at"

If you havent checked it out already, then you've missed some great posts so on over there and catch up! I was asked to write for the site also and have only been able to put up one post so far, but I'm really looking forward to getting some things out and on the Cruxn site for folks to see.

Beasley Gap Bouldering Guide

Here it is...Beasley Gap Bouldering Guide.
Hopefully there aren't any problems with opening the .pdf file. This guide is intended to be printed in a booklet format in landscape view on the front and back of the page...this way it takes 6 total pieces of paper to print the entire guide and then it is folded down the middle to make it into an easy to use and carry booklet. Many of these problems have only seen 1 send and may or may not have very accurate grades. If you feel that a grade in this guide is off or you send a problem that is not listed in the guide, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail about it and I'll make an update to the guide. Enjoy some great Jocassee Gorges Bouldering!

And for those of you that didn't catch Georges latest video of Early Bird Direct V3 at Beasley, here it is...

Early Bird (V3) from George Evans on Vimeo.