Here are some really quick video edits in attempts to keep everyone's psych levels high for the upcoming season! I have been working non-stop on the Adirondack Bouldering Guidebook (of course I have been sneaking in my indoor training and some sporadic outdoor climbing sessions) and am hopeful to be going to the printers at some point in May 2015. This should give everyone adequate time to get their hard copy for the summer/fall 2015 season!
Thanks for all of the patience and support with this...it ha proved to be a serious undertaking but is coming together quite nicely.
Today was a quick recon trip to the infamous Nine Corners Lake boulders in Caroga Lake, New York to try and gauge how much longer we have to wait for winter to let go of its' relentless hold over the climbing community. To sum it up quite simply, we are literally weeks maybe even a solid months away from good, dry, snow free climbing conditions. There is upwards of 36" of snow pack in the woods, the tops of the main boulders still hold an average of 24" and with the forecast of rain followed by more frigid temperatures, it won't take long for Nine Corners to turn into a sloppy mess.
On a positive note, it was cold enough today that nothing was melting so vertical and overhanging faces were dry enough to pull on some holds...but unfortunately nothing will be getting topped out until the snow recedes and Spring finally shows its' face.
It was evident today that the winter training has been working on my quick "bouldering circuit" in the sub-ideal conditions. I was able to get to the snow-covered top outs on a handful of boulder problems on my first try on each climb: Popadropalis, Try or Cry, Thorazine, The Origin, and Everything In. All in all, not a terrible way to spend an hour or so this afternoon...
The other day I had another excellent outdoor mileage bouldering session at Moss Island in Little Falls, NY. These rock outcrops along the Mohawk River become quite crowded during the nicer times of the year and sometimes resemble an indoor climbing gym with all of the climbing groups and top rope setups littering the cliff faces. This transition period between winter and spring, however, you can easily get a high volume climbing outing in there without running into another single climber all day.
Moss Island is where I was introduced to rock climbing and is a place that I frequently return to when the weather and conditions are still not favorable for rock climbing within the Adirondack State Park. I found myself searching for past climbing videos from this area online and found a neat documentary covering the rock formations on the island...I hope you find it to be informative andd enjoyable.