Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Nine Corners Lake Guidebook: Optimus Prime Boulder

So with all of my back related issues over the past year and a half, I have been steadily working on a comprehensive bouldering guidebook for all of the developed areas within the Adirondack Park as a way to stay connected to the local climbing community and to keep myself occupied during recovery.

A few weeks ago, I spent an entire day at the Optimus Prime Boulder at Nine Corners Lake. My time spent there was to verify the established climbs, what starting holds they utilize, where they finish, determine if there were any variations worth noting, gain a consensus on their initial V-grades, etc. It became apparent pretty quickly that despite this boulders massive size, ease of access and abundance of lower grade climbs...it sees very little climber traffic. I am led to believe that part of this lack of climber action is that most people either don't know about the boulder, or they know about it but haven't climbed there much because the climbs have become dirty again over the past few years and two years ago was mostly not climbable because of a large tree that had fallen right on the boulder.  I re-cleaned all of the established boulder problems and re-climbed them all to get a better understanding of how they climb and how difficult they actually are.

Below are a series of images taken from that day of Adirondack Bouldering Guidebook "field work" along with a video compilation of the climbs that I did and some excerpts from the upcoming Adirondack Bouldering Guidebook. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment if you'd like. Thanks!

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