Wednesday, October 24, 2012

NYC: New York Climbing

The bouldering guide is storming along now and I decided that while I'm waiting for the graphics nerds to work there magic I'd get out with some friends to crush some problems!

We (Lorenzo and I) started at the WEST SIDE outcrops on 103rd and Central Park West. We climbed loads of problems upto V7 including a great layback line that was an absolute gem. we scoped out the highball lines that go all the way to 106th but decided as it had started raining we should retreat to the Hepatitis Cave with Ivan and Mike. Now I bet your your thinking why anyone would you want to hangout at a cave named Hepatitis?

Take a look!

This cave is home to a Central Park classic named YoYo Jimminy V11, first climbed by Brian Kim. Under the cave can admittedly be a little gross at times which is how it gets its name, but what it lacks in cleanliness it makes up in quality. The routes here can be climbed in any conditions and there is a ongoing project to the left of YoYo which is rumoured to be around the grade of V13!

While hiding away from the rain we worked this new problem for a LOOOONNNNGGGGG time, slowly unfolding its mystery and complexity. After probably 4 hours of work we had made much progress but didn't manage to send it. Feeling peckish, we decided to leave for the day but not before I wrote a note to the homeless man that lives under the rock explaining that I'd like him to be part of  of a climbing film about NYC Bouldering featuring some top climbers in the world. I left contact details and a pad and pen explaining that if he can't contact me by electronic means I'd be back in 2 days to pick up a note.

Will I get a reply? We'll have to wait and see!

This week on the NYC Bouldering Guide Facebook were doing a competition with the chance to win a awesome PUDGE Package featuring coffee, pucker, shirt and much more!  To enter simply LIKE our Facebook group and then send us a message containing 5 CORRECT answers to the photo questions.

I'll be posting sneak peeks of the book soon so everyone can get an idea of how it's going to look!