Saturday, January 2, 2016

Adirondack Park's First V10- Nick Stoner

The Nine Corner Lake bouldering area is home to the first V10 that was established in the Adirondack Park.  Back in the early 2000's, a local climber named Tommy Durant got the first ascent of this problem when Adirondack Bouldering pioneers Scot Carpenter, Arien Cartrette, David Buzzelli, Andy Scheiderich, Andy Salo, and Garrett Koeppicus were actively working on developing of Nine Corner Lake as a new bouldering destination.

After Durant's first ascent (circa 2003/2004), the boulder problem sat there unrepeated for a very long time.  To my knowledge, the second ascent did not take place until December 2011 when I was able to finally top the problem out after countless sessions and attempts.  Since that 2011 ascent I know that Evan Race has successfully climbed Nick Stoner as well as Nathan Furst-Nichols (youtube discovery).  Do you know of any other climbers who have topped this problem out?  If so, please share!!!

Since my ascent in 2011, I have not been able to repeat the problem mainly because a sharp left hand crimp shreds my fingertips after a couple of attempts.  Last week just before Christmas and the first measurable snowfall in Caroga Lake, New York, I was finally able to get a personal repeat on this notorious problem before winter set in.  Big thanks to Kenta Yamada for his spotting and encouragement!

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1 comment:

  1. That looks great. Just got a chance to check out your website again, and urge you to keep posting!

    Looks like an awesome line, especially because it's not too high to start being sketchy -- but still tall enough to put the fear in ya. At least for me.