I can see it. The light at the end of the tunnel that has been my 1st semester of graduate school here at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C… It has been one hell of an experiance, and hopefully I have done well. I have been able to climb quite a bit despite my heavy workload this semester, but, this is my last week and the summer is about to kick off. Ill be moving back into the cabin amongst the boulders in GHSP, and my list of projects has never been greater… I have multiple new boulderfields under development, the GHSP Trail Days Event that I am hosting, and more hard projects than ever. Likewise the guidebook is coming out this Friday (!!!!!!!) and I’m getting a lot of great feedback from that (I’m always nervous right before my work goes before public scrutiny). I’m psyched to take a breather from all of this academia, from all of the planning for the Event, from the Boone bouldering populous and hype scene (I love Boone bouldering and -most- of the climbers here, but the hype and ego, as with living in any popular climbing scene, can be overwhelming at times), and get back to my solitude and bouldering roots. The roots of development and personal drive.
I went back out to the new rocks out at Burkes Garden a couple of weeks ago and did a new one called “Entelechy” (V10FA) and saw endless potintial while up there (specifically for a new sport crag). I also have started going out to GHSP more recently, honeing in on what all Ill be putting up this season. I got back in this past weekend and had my first “no fall project day”… I had tried a few projects a long time ago and swept through over this last session and did them all first go. Its not that I ever really aim for this, which is why it was pretty cool to me to do (It didnt occur to me that I never fell until my buddy Kent said “dude you never fell, nice job”). I think three of these were v7s, one v6, and one v8… All were really cool, especially the new one on the Shanghai Boulder I called “Dark Knight”(V8) which begins low from the standstart and the end of an ascending crimp seam. The sequence opens up with a hard move off of two opposite facing fingertip crimps (on a 45degree boulder) with terrible feet. Tossing to a hard gaston rail, you can force a hard match or do a cool “rose move” through and under to a better hand. Finish the rest of the 15ft climb through v-easy moves to a mantle top out.
Sweet. Well, one more exam to go! I’ll be moving into the cabin soon, which happens to be just across the road from my all time greatest goal of the summer in terms of FA projects. The Truth Project. I have avoided sessioning this line until I move in. I want to give this problem my all. I’ll finish up the semester at the end of this week and move into the solitude, boulderfields, and mountains thereafter. Ill hopefully get loads of photos, video, and ample time to write updates here. But then again, if my memory serves me well, I tend to get absorbed by all the wilderness and unclimbed rock more than I like to admit, and fail to capture as much film as I wish I had. Which isn’t a bad thing too. Psyched.