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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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Too much to do lately...

I thought I'd have some extra time over my break to bust out a few posts...but I was wrong. I was hoping to get out the reviews of the brushes and Flashed Tonto, Ninja & Samurai pads, but things never slowed down enough for me to sit in front of a computer and get them done. Hopefully I can get those out sooner than later!

We had a great time up in Grayson Highlands, VA, despite the heavy showers that seemed to show up at least once a day. I was still able to get 2 sessions a day in and send a handful of V3's and a V4...a full write up will come before the reviews, so keep a look out for that too. We also took a quick trip up to the Graveyard Fields on the NC section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the top of this post is a shot of Lily, chillin' at the base of Upper Falls, with a few fun boulders in the background. The main slabby boulder, I've been calling it the Salamander Slab, has a few nice V0-V2/3 routes to check out while you're up at the falls. Below is a shot of me on top of Big Pinnacle with the Highlands bouldering area is on the ridge just behind my head and Mount Rogers, the highest point in Virginia, is the taller peak in the background.

On a different note, the first ever Table Rock (SC) Adopt-a-crag is coming December 10th, 2011...mark your calender and go ahead and plan on coming out and helping us work on the trail and then climb some routes before we have a cook out and silent auction. Our focus is specifically on the climbers trail at Table Rock and getting it back into good shape, but we are also trying to show off this great, underused SC climbing resource and help introduce the area to folks that might not be familiar with it. After working on the trail for half of the day, then folks are free to hit some of the routes on this impressive face (and a group may head to the Jocassee Gorges for a boulder session if there's enough interest). And finally end the day with some good grub and a silent auction to help raise money for the CCC and the Rumbling Bald Boulders Purchase. We need as many volunteers and as much help as we can get...if you would like to volunteer or donate food, silent auction swag, or money to help out with this event, please feel free to contact me through the e-mail link at the top of the page, or by getting in touch with Stephen Scoff, the SC CCC rep. Here is a link to Stephens recent post on the CCC website.

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