Yesterday, Tuesday October 18, 2011 I had to do some field work in Tupper Lake, NY for one of the resort projects that my company has been working on. I was really psyched because I knew that this put me only 25 minutes away from the McKenzie Pond Boulders...an area I typically only see once a year on Memorial Day Weekend.
For the past week I had my sights set on one boulder problem in particular, "Stanfields"; a crimpy V9 that had eluded me for the past few years. As the day approached, I was becoming more and more anxious to try the climb again. Yesterday morning I left my house at 5:00 am to get an early start to the day so I could finish all of the my field work and still salvage some daylight to do some McKenzie Pond bouldering. The weather forecast looked prime and I was hoping to capitalize...
And then it rained, or should I say poured! For a solid hour on my 2 1/2 hr commute north towards Tupper Lake it rained non stop. My psych was slowly diminishing...I mean more rain, really? Come on man! I finished all of my field work in a timely manner and decided that being as close as I was to the boulders, I may as well swing thru to have a look and maybe look around to scout some new lines.
I did in fact find an additional 15-20 house sized boulders in the forest past Flux Capacitor on state land...which is really exciting. And somehow I did do some boulder problems...one in particular being the one I had my sights set on! I'm not really sure how I pulled it off, the tops of all of the boulders were dangerously wet, covered in moss, and coated in pine needles. I even had to use the tree on the top of Slobodon to avoid a fall. Even with the use of the tree, the climb was not over, you can see my hesitiation in the video below...
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