Sunday, November 27, 2016

Marathon Day at Nine Corner Lake (200 V-Points)

  Ten days ago, on Thursday November 17, 2016; Ken Murphy and I rendezvoused at the Nine Corner Lake trail head in the early afternoon to embark on what I thought was an extremely ambitious goal for a single climbing session.  We had both set our sights on trying to successfully climb 200 V-points in a single session.  In the past I had successfully hit the lofty 100 V-point session (on three separate occasions), and last December I had achieved my personal highest single day total at Nine Corner Lake with 136 V-points.  That high volume session followed an extremely successfully fall 2015 season and I was feeling extremely strong and fit at the time and was still 64 V-points away from the 200 point mark.    

  Murphy and I began climbing at 11:00 am and I did not top out my last boulder problem until around 5:00 pm.  When it was all said and done I had somehow reached the 200 V-point mark and Murphy finished the session with 103 V-points.  We were exhausted, sore, lethargic, and missing layers of skin on our aching fingers.  This was an extremely difficult personal challenge and something that I am in no rush to attempt again anytime soon.  That night I had to work the night shift at the fire dept and am very thankful that we had a quiet night at the station.

  Next May for my 33rd birthday I am planning on attempting a 300 V-point day...100 V-points at three separate Adirondack Bouldering locations.  My rough plans start with spending the night up in Lake Placid so I can begin the challenge at McKenzie Pond early the next morning.  After completing a session there, I plan on traveling down Route 30 S so I can hit Snowy Mountain in the late morning/early afternoon.  Hopefully after successfully completing the session there, the final destination will be my local Nine Corner Lake for the remaining 100 V-points.  Is this even possible?  Will the mind, body, and skin hold of long enough to complete the task?  I honestly have no idea!!!

  This insane vision was influenced by a couple of Massachusetts climbers who successfully did the same V-point challenge at three separate New England bouldering locations in one day.  Pawtuckaway, Great Barrington, and finally Farley.  Their travel/driving time was much greater than the one that I am panning but all of the guys who successfully completed the challenge are extremely strong and gifted rock climbers.  Combined they successfully climbed over 1,000 V-points in a single day!    

Here is my tick list (200 V-points, 41 boulder problems):

G.  Lookout Boulder

        • #37     Andrugen                                (V2)
        • #37b   Lookout, Traverse                  (V4)
        • #41     Can You See my Eyeball        (V4)
        • #41b   Glass Eyeball                         (V4)
        • #42     Eye Socket                             (V4)
        • #44     Creeping Death                      (V3)
        • #45     Mind'r Business                      (V5)
        • #46     Cherokee Challenge                (V4) 
H.  Fortress Boulder 
        • #53     Meat and Potatoes                  (V1)
        • #56     Popadropolis                           (V5)
        • #57     Pop or Drop                            (V7)                               

E.  Wall Boulder 

        • #25     Spores                                     (V7)
        • #27     Long Live Legos                     (V7)
        • #28     Thorazine                                (V8)   
        • #29      Lighter Burden                       (V8)
        • #30      Heart Attack Man                   (V5)
        • #32      Bearded Arnie                        (V7)    

B.  Gate Boulder 
        • #4        The Gatekeeper                      (V8)
        • #5        Everything In                          (V4)
        • #6        The Origin                              (V5)
        • #7        The Cryptologist                    (V3)     

L.  Nick Stoner Boulder 
        • #90        Love Cats                              (V7)
        • #92        Diatom                                   (V3)
        • #94        Dave's Problem                      (V3)
        • #94b       007                                        (V7)

T1.  Wave Boulder  
        • #64a      Whip Tide, Stand                    (V7)
        • #65a       Lifeguard Training, Stand      (V4)
        • #66         Beached Whale                      (V3)
Q1.  Cave Boulder                 
        • #53         Nippin Out                             (V3)
        • #53b       Frost Bite                               (V5)
        • #54         Chillen                                   (V4)
        • #54a       The Earthling                         (V5)
        • #55         Psychosomatic                       (V6)
        • #57         Dry Ice                                   (V4)
        • #57a       Crazy Ice                                (V6)
C1.  Saccharine Boulder
        • #8          One Second Suffering             (V3)
        • #9          Even Stevia                             (V5)
        • #10        Diamonds are Forever             (V4) 
        • #13a      Instant Yoga, Var.                     (V8)
        • #15        Shape Shifter                           (V4)
B1.  Equal Boulder
        • #4          Sugar Buzz                              (V4)



Thursday, November 24, 2016

300th Blog Post!!! Nine Corner Lake: Big Kahuna Boulder

  Hey readers and fellow climbers!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there.  This post is officially my 300th blog post (I am also only 31 page views away from 100,000 all time views!) so I thought I would share a quick video highlighting some less frequented boulder problems at the one and only Nine Corner Lake Boulders.  These climbs are on the massive Big Kahuna Boulder and are worth a try if you are ever out that way.  Winter is in full effect currently but lets hope for a random break in this cold/snowy weather before it is winter full time until spring.

Happy Thanksgiving and happy climbing/training!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Canada Lake Boulders (aka Pinnacle Boulders) - Part 2

  As promised, here is the second video for the Canada Lake Boulders.  The problems shown in the video; Windtalker (V7) and Power House (V8) are exclusively on the new property that the Access Fund recently acquired from miss Ellen Wood and her family.  Back in 2006 I had established the stand start to Power House where left hand started on the undercling and right hand started on the crescent crimp/edge.  This new sit start adds two powerful moves and felt like it was in the V8 range.  If winter ever eases up, please get out there and try it and let me know what you think.

  Happy early winter and indoor training dudes!

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Canada Lake Boulders (aka Pinnacle Boulders) - Part 1

  So with my rotating schedule at the fire dept., I have been fortunate enough to sneak in random weekday bouldering sessions before my night shifts at the Canada Lake Boulders.  As some of you already know, these boulders were part of a recent land acquisition that the Access Fund played a pivotal role in securing for future climbing access.

  Here is Part 1 of a short two part video series.  Enjoy and happy climbing!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Montague Bouldering, Western Massachusetts

  This past weekend I had a very enjoyable bouldering session with some of the SAC crew members (Corey Schauble, John Sullivan, Ken Murphy, and me) in western Mass. at the Happy Valley and Hideaway Boulders.  The day consisted of way too much time in the car driving but an equal amount of time spent trying hard on some great boulder problems and tons of laughs with the guys as we literally vibed the shit out of other climbing groups.  Our crew was hyped up on too much caffeine and the psych was through the roof!  At the end of the day, not an overwhelming amount of problems were sent but that did not do justice to all of the efforts and try hard attempts that happened that day.

  Happy fall climbing everyone...

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