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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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Saturday, June 4, 2011

The New Obed Guidebook Is Smokin!

I got an advance copy of the new Obed Guidebook in the mail Friday (Thanks Andy!) so I could review it for this website and an incredible guidebook!

I've already compared the Lilly Boulders section in the book to the old topo's (old comp topo and the Dr Topo version also) I used for years, and finally the overhead topo to these amazing boulders is easy to follow and then the photo topo's help you figure out what route you just sent! Same goes with the sections of North and South Clear Creek, the sport climbing areas I'm most familiar with in the Obed...easy to figure out topo's and now some great photo topo's to make sure you're on route. This is the thickest guidebook so far from Greener Grass, and delivers more beta per page than any of the other two. With boat loads of roped routes and half as many boulder routes as the Horse Pens Bouldering Guidebook, this is a value packed volume of sandstone delight! We're taking a road trip to Knoxville and the Obed next weekend and after that, I'll be posting my full review of the book and its nuances. Below is a link to the pre-sale...order now, save some dough, help out the East Tennessee Climbers Coalition and get a chance to win some road trip cash!

The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic
Including a complete guide to the Lilly Boulders
By Kelly Brown

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-SALE! All Pre-Sale copies are $5 off the retail price and will be shipped on the same day they arrive at the warehouse. The bulk shipment is expected to arrive around the beginning of July. All Pre-Sale purchasers will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $200 for a climbing road trip from Greener Grass Publishing!

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Besides this guidebook and the new Dixon Guidebook review that's coming soon, I'm also going to give some reviews for the new Evolv Shaman climbing shoes, 3 different crashpads, a side-by-side review of 4 different brushes, and a chalk bucket that any boulderer would drool over! I'm also going to start the "Dirt Baggers Delights" series of posts with some of my el cheapo tips on good gear for less. Keep you eyes peeled for all of this to start in a little over a week!

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