Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Balance

... we try to make this trip at least once or twice each summer...

... five miles of this...

... bit of a grunt on a 90ยบ+ morning...

... gets ya' to five miles of this...

... lots of nature - here viewing our favorite one mile stretch of the 'Yough'...

... coolin' off in tributary 'Indian Creek' following the long slog...

... mouth of 'Indian Creek' and CSX Railroad trestles - an old abandoned spur line near - active main line far...

... part of the landscape... they don't build 'em like this anymore - lots of craftsmanship (almost a work of art) in this old stone trestle which still services the active rail line...

... a bit of natural construction - viewing river north from a new gravel dam - a bit of self improvement from last winters seasonal high waters... every stone in it's place in the grand scheme of things...

... rhododendron's in full bloom this day...

... ditto...

... further downstream - adding a bit of scale to 'Iron Man' (see previous post - 'Penny Rock Boulders')...

... and 'the Ass'... now re-dubbed 'the Ass Nazi' following some further intense archaeological research on our part...

... definitely the largest spider we've ever encountered (here'bouts)... nothing to mark scale - leg tip to leg tip this guy was as long as the five inch compact camera body used to photograph this image... not the best photograph because of a film of water on the camera lens, but we don't care - we're more into the narrative around here than the "artsy-fartsy" (well, at least 90% of the time), nor are we tryin' to sell ya' a camera...

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Penny Rock Boulders

... while paddling the standard Yough River "trade route" last week we noticed that this place could use a bit of gardening - was pretty overgrown...

... 'Penny Rock Boulders'... L-R: 'Iron Man', 'The Ass' and 'Penny Rock'...

... a rainy day yesterday, so took some brush snips and a short bike ride ... not a ton of stuff there - two twelve foot boulders and diving board 'Penny Rock' which has a deep water route or two... great amenities - lots of nature, great swimming and jumping/diving deep hole with good trout fishing ta' boot (landed a very nice 18" rainbow among many catches over time) - and right along the 'Yough River Trail (YRT)'...

... 'The Ass' (so named for a bit of archaic graffiti) - north face - some decent stuff on some sloping pockets and smears - not bad... laying back that angling arete on 'Iron Man' (previous photo) is pretty fun...

... 'The Ass' north face - basically got everything opened to get some sun in - need a bit of brushing (once dry) - the old crack route now supports a dug-in poison ivy root system (to be removed) - there's a flooded high water scour hole that need filled in (no big deal)... all dependent upon how motivated we get - feel free to have at it... 

... from the archives - photo print annotation says July, 1984 - old fashioned bouldering "country boy-style" - 'Rust Never Sleeps' on 'Iron Man' (so named for the high iron content of the sandstone rock - see first photo)... sans chalk, not an ounce of cheap earth-killing polyester plastic in those cut-off Wranglers, while edging in those low top 'Chuck Taylors' definitely adds a bit of difficulty (although every boulder sports a grade V in our opinion), and what the f*k is a crash pad!?...

... disclaimer: good hot weather hangout - not a bad spot, but not for everybody with consideration to everybody we know... don't drown in the river...

... found this image while searching the archives - updated this prior post...

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Woodland Stones

... gotta' love SWPA bouldering - some good stuff hidden in the woods...

... 'Horizontal Latitude'...


... '8K Beers'...


... 'Popeye's Arete'...


... 'Eliminator Traverse' (aka: 'The Burner Traverse')...


... a real forearm fryer - there's a highball variation as well... great, solid sandstone...

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Mouse

... our gal MG Sarah railin' on 'Eagles of One Nest' on the 'Mouse'...


... displaying some nice (and a bit stiff) mantling technique in this sequence of images...


... an oft overlooked or non-existent skill in the age of gym climbing or running up and down sport routes - more often than not the hardest move on a route - particularly when mentally gripped and physically pumped... will usually trigger a blue moon 'M-F' out of even the Mother Superior...

Monday, May 28, 2018

Remembering Memorial Day

... thanks to our military men and women...

(Internet Image)
... past and present...

Friday, May 25, 2018

Return to the Vertical

... our bud MG Sarah has been discussing venturing out as part of a group mountaineering trip (involving some vertical rock work as well) to the North Cascades of Washington State - maybe, maybe not - so we been giving her a hand refreshing some basic rock skills (she'll get the snow and glacier work there) - always a good thing regardless - until just recently, been a while around here since anyone's gripped even a ten foot boulder...

... rock was a bit wet last Sunday - good day to spring clean some ascending gear...

...and brush up on the knot work, rigging and rappelling...

... sure is a pleasure working with people when you demonstrate once and they run with it...

... didn't take long until they're running time trials - hey - is that some "scary Old Dad* climbing gear" that ZMan is totin'?!!...

... give 'em another day or two of refresher work and we'll throw 'em on anything...

... mid-week on the boulders...

... headed up to run some laps on the 'Rat' (aka: 'Workout Boulder')...

... one circuit will get ya' about 80 feet of climbing (although 100 is possible) - usually (used to) try to do at least a 240 foot minimum session...

... all crimpers and thin edging on the steep main face...

... a bit of variety, though - a pretty cool fingertip layback with sketchy feet (with a face variation below and over the small roof)...

... and a cool south face...

... with some bit stiff overhanging routes and variations thereof - that's the 'Mouse' yonder thru the trees...

... even had an 'Old Dad Bachar Ladder' that hung in the woods (left it hanging for posterity) - noticed it's gone now - thievin' pr*cks even shimmied the tree and snatched the rigging - should never had said anything....

*Ref: The Climbing Dictionary, Samet, 2011 - brilliant