Sunday, October 23, 2016

First Ascent at Snowy Mountain

  On Columbus Day; Monday October 10, 2016 a local climber who was born and raised in the Albany New York region and is current attending college in PA; Matt De Santis had one incredible day of sending at the Snowy Mountain Boulders in Indian Lake.  De Santis took down his first V11's with sends of Salamander Slayer (V11) and There Are no Salamanders in Hueco (V11).

  Riding the high from those difficult problems, he set his sights on an undone project on the Nothing Boulder.  As shown below in a screenshot from the Adirondack Park Bouldering guidebook, page #124, this project was labeled as #20  and proposed a boulder problem that would climb the double arete/detached block feature without using the adjacent boulder for feet and would finish with a difficult lip mantle.  I had tried the problem in the past but was never able to figure out the top sequence...mainly because the fall from the lip was pretty high and frightening.  Just getting to the lip felt like a solid V6/7 to me and the top out sequence was a whole different animal.

  After a few attempts and watching his friend and fellow college compadre, Paul Lego fall from the mantle sequence a handful of times, De Santis found himself at the lip of the problem with a high left foot on the sloping top.  He continued to fight his way up and over the boulder in what I thought was one of the most bold and terrifying top out sequences that I had ever witnessed and spotted first hand.  We were all psyched when it was over and a new boulder problem; named Plan B (V9) was born.  Big shout out and congratulations to Matt De Santis on his Adirondack Park first ascent!  I look forward to trying this problem in the near future.

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