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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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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Upstate Bouldering Guide Revealed

The Upstate Bouldering Guidebook is finished and on its way to me right now! I'm so stoked to have this huge project finished and have 75 copies coming to me to distribute through Sunrift Adventures, Brevard Rock Gym or directly from me via mail order. Dont forget about the big Jocassee Gorges Trail Day coming up in 2 weekends on March 24th, where you can also purchase a copy of the guidebook! Here is a link to the first post about the guidebook...and a post about an update to the guidebook too. In 162 pages, around 350 problems in 7 areas are revealed, along with information on future development , the current nearby access issues, and enough extras on other nearby outdoor recreation activities to keep you busy for a couple of weeks, this guidebook is a valuable resource for any local or travelling outdoor enthusiast. Besides that beta, I wanted to give an idea of what you can expect in this guidebook, so here are some sample pages...

The book opens with the usual disclaimer and table of contents, as seen below...

Following this is a page about the CCC and the efforts that have been put in to get to the point we are now with many of these bouldering areas...

Then there is an introduction to the region and bouldering in the region...

At the beginning of each section, there are a couple of introductory pages with the basic info about that area, driving and approach directions, and also the cant miss routes in the area. Here are the intro pages for Beasley Gap...

After the intro pages for each area, there are basic topos of the entire area showing all of the boulders and routes in that area. Here is a sample from one of the areas at Granite City...

From there, almost each boulder and route is shown on a photo topo, so you cant get lost, along with a written description of each route. Here is a sample from the Nowhere Boulders in Pisgah...

I hope folks like the book and they enjoy finding new places to boulder and explore! As I was getting pictures ready to use in the book, I ended up with a few extra that couldn't be fit into any available space, so I thought I would post them up here so you can see some of the action shots from the various spots...

North Side of Looking Glass V2/3 (Can you see the aid climbers on the face above me?)

Yeti V2/3 at Sasquatch Boulders

Space Feeling V3 at Little Eastatoee

Bob's Place V2 at Beasley Gap

George Evans on Rhodorete V4 at Little Eastatoee

Hidden Hominid V2 at Sasquatch Boulders

Elephant Back V4 at Little Eastatoee

Old and In The Way V1/2 at Little Eastatoee

Crystal Crymps at Beasley Gap

V4 at the North Side of Looking Glass

Little Easy V2 at Little Eastatoee

Cryptid V1 at Sasquatch boulders

Fuzzy Photo V1/2 at Sasquatch boulders

Dark Star V3/4 at Big Eastatoee

Sugar Magnolia V1 at Big Eastatoee

Photo Series of Moonshine Still V4 at Granite City

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