Saturday, July 28, 2018

Woodland Stones II

... the 'Woodland Stones' images a few posts back sure did generate a bit of viewing and inquiry, so we decided to post up a few more from recent...

...  an alternate line on the 'Horizontal Latitude' block...

... 'One Hick and a Chick'...

... 'Fern'...

... 'Eecky'...

... 'Mad Men Only'...

... 'Blackland'...

... 'Z-Crack'...

... 'Gizzy'...

... ventured back into the archives - got to be a chore trying to sort/select thru several hundred images, so we decided to blindly open thumbnail files and take whatever we got - these are all from around ten years ago (or there 'bout)... (?) = not sure of block/route name (hey, it's been a while)... stopped at eighteen...

... 'Power of Tang' (?)...

... 'Blunt Arete (?)...

... 'Hot Wax'...

... 'Borat'...

... south face of 'Gray Dome'...

.... 'Gypsy Tears'...

... 'Woods End'...

... 'Nature Boy'...

... 'Hunley'...

... 'Tree Mugger'...

... 'F.U.R.'...

... 'Space Needle'...

... 'Jay Leno'...

... 'Black Box'...

... 'Don't Fall'...

... 'Nature Boy East'...

... unnamed project (?)...

... 'Shemp'...

... some great bouldering in SWPA...

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...