So you got tricked into clicking on a bouldering TR.
Sorry about that, if you were expecting real climbing probably best to look elsewhere right now.
If you are into just some fun practice climbing then maybe there is something here for you amidst the sarcasm :-)
I had an unexpected 3 days off so i woke up Sunday morning & drove the 420km from my driveway into the weird little utopia that is Leavenworth to meet a good friend from Oregon whom i hadn't seen for some time. It was a fluke we were able to line up a quick trip & I was super Psyched!!
I made the first crux getting through the border after a good 45 min wait in the middle of the church rush.
Next I shamefully drove past Index.
And no we didn't go to snowshed wall & do outer space either.
In fact i didn't even see any real climbers actually climbing there.
But it sure was pretty.
I think i even saw goatboy smellz hanging out downtown.
When i showed up after almost 6 hrs en route we wanted to climb rocks, just for practicing. So we crossed the river.
It was fun on the other side.
Then we went to the Fridge. Fridge Center was fun but Fridge Right was greasy. Maybe i was greasy?
Then we went to the cube, one of the coolest boulders around for moderate high-balls. Despite feeling like my balls were not realizing their full potential, luckily i was at least high.
There's even a crack! We were now Trad climbing!!
When it got dark we set up camp & cut up some fish & partied a bit. I was pretty tired from all the driving & laying on my crash pad all day so i crawled into the back of my car and passed out.
It was a great place to wake up.
This is DMT style right here :-] Breakfast.
My friend Jaison is a Japanese chef & i love camping with him, aside from being great company we always have such nice, unusual food.
And then we climbed some rocks.
We kind of ended up partying a bit this day after warming up so i forgot to take many photos of the afternoon/evening session.
Then it got dark, and we were out of beer.
So we cooked good food & PTFO.
Woke up again in the back of the car to a nice feeling that it was going to be a good day.
Was also looking like the tent wasn't going to get set up. #NBD
So since we didn't have to break down camp we went & climbed some more rocks. Just for fun.
Well it ended up being fun after all. Jaison had to leave @ 2 & i was adopted by some fellow Canadians Tucker & Dave & their homie Shawn from FLO-RIDA. Well, we all decided to have some fun too!
When all my skin departed, i finally chose to depart as well.
There was still some sunshine in the tumwater canyon so i stripped down & cleansed my soul in the Wenatchee. A great way to end the trip before the journey home.
After that i time warped to Squamish via Taco Tuesday in Gold Bar & a smooth crossing at the Peace Arch, exactly here i felt America & all it's freedom release me & dump me back into reality.
Just for those of you that hung out, Do you know what's up with this?? I snapped it on my way back, it would have been on the south side of hwy 2.
I thought there might be some good boulders in the woods underneath? Any info would be appreciated.
Jeez Ghost, you conveniently forget to tell him you have to first make it alive past the free shooters firing range and demolition derby, then hump your pads and hootch half way up the logging road, then you need X ray vision to find the boulders in the alder!
420 km to go bouldering? OK, since it was to meet a friend. Was his name Al Gore?
I think I remember seeing some boulders there. ;-).
Oh, and that last pic, only go up there in the winter when the brush is buried. Trust me.
Thanks all, nice to come back from climbing & read all the funny comments by many of my favourite supertopians. Too many to respond to individually but they are all really appreciated so thank you :-)
My only hope is that if i practice enough & focus on having fun that I will one day be ready for real climbing, I thought I was today when I left the house but apparently I still need more practice.
Mouse, you are bang on. I channelled my inner Moosedrool here as best I could, it was good practice for when I do some real climbing & am ready to write a TR on the topic of climbing.
BK! Thanks for looking out for me, I was weary of ghosts recommends & glad you outed him & all his sandbaggery.
And BJ it's been awhile since you've been there I take it? That's not royal flush, although I'd probably climb it the same way!
The Hawk, yeah! Tickem up!
W.L. You are so right dude! I blew it on the tunes!! Next time for sure, and to be honest I don't think my music selection would have much appeal with the crowd around here.
Ok, actually W.L. just for you - just in case you want to give it another scan :-) BTW this is NOT the type of music I listen to, but the kitchen boys @ work keep playing this one & it cracks me up. Might be up your alley :-)
Andy, I don't think Gills legacy graced the PNW unfortunately, but John Sherman does mention swiftwater in Stone Crusade & basically sez it's junk lol.
As for L, JEleazarian, & the rest of you that still think bouldering is real climbing- Especially after reading this- I've got news for you, you are all delusional porch monkeys, bouldering is only meant for playing, practicing & having fun. Who would deem such meaningless side effects worth attaching to the serious, extreme activity that is climbing!
Reilly thanks for the heads up, seriously though when I become a real climber i'd like to climb a peak like that as well as it's entrails(boulders).
Awesome TR! There is no place better to wake up the out in the Icicle. Enjoying a cup of coffee as you shake off the dawn, getting ready for another day on the rocks. Its been 40 friggin years since i spent my first night there. Still loving it like no other cragging area.