This past Saturday Murph ventured north from New Paltz to get some laps in at Nine Corners Lake. The conditions were pretty good for an August day, the psych level was high and the crew was rolling deep with eight guys including myself. Kirby even made it out for the day and represented well for the north country crew.
Nine Corners Lake has been my "local" climbing area since I started climbing about six years ago. It is hard to determine how many days I have spent bouldering in those woods and it still stands out as one of my favorite climbing locations. Saturday I wanted to maximize my time in the woods and climb as much as possible to get some traffic on climbs throughout the woods in preparation for the upcoming competition.
The approach for the day was to set a point value from boulder problem ratings that we hoped to reach. It seemed pretty straight forward and attainable from the start...75 points total in bouldering problems, repeats not included in the total but variation climbs would count. The early hours of the day saw numerous ascents as the points accumulated. Murph and I were nearing the 75 point mark but my energy and skin were coming to an end. After falling off the topout of "The Earthling" and "Crazy Ice" on the cave boulder, I took off my climbing shoes and called it quits for the day; ending with 69 points. Murph was closer to the goal after the cave boulder at 71 points and wanted to do "The Origin" on the way out.
On the hike from The Cave to the Main Set I was able to catch a second wind. The hike loosened the body back up and gave my skin a quick break. We picked back up the climbing at the Main Set and after another hour and a half, we both surpassed the 75 point mark and entered in the 100 point club. Epic day with lots of good people, good conditions, and great climbing.
Good on ya Murray!
And now the media update:
- Adirondack Bouldering Guidebook (NOW AVAILABLE)
- Nine Corner Lake: Boulder Problem Video Archive
- Snowy Mountain :Boulder Problem Video Archive
- Great Barrington, MA: Boulder Problem Video Archi...
- Pottersville Video Archive
- Climbing Hold Sets (Produced for Element Climbing)
- Metolius Climbing Gear- Review
- Adirondack Climbing Articles
- Southern Adirondack Climbing Guidebooks