Training… What’s it really for?

This may seem a bit jaded, I swear it’s not.

Winter, you know that season where all this white stuff falls out of the air, it’s really cold, and generally always wet outside. Who would’ve thought it makes for bad climbing conditions? Most people go skiing and other silly activities out in the cold. That would be the easy thing to do, sucomb to natures not so gentle whispers and move on to a sport that embraces the cold. Unlike the rest of you reasonable folk, there are a few of us who are too stuborn to give up on climbing despite the misserable conditions outside. We move inside to where the cold can’t reach us. Being inside for so long wares on us though, so we do this thing called ‘training’ so we don’t go stircrazy. Training means doing things like lifting your body off the ground a bunch of times and possibly doing the thing that most climbers seem to hate the most lift things other than our own body off the ground in order to make yourself ‘stronger’.  For some of us this means changing the very enjoyable act of climbing into something else that my friend Leigh describes best as the time of year when ‘climbing’s not fun, it’s serious‘.

Tony Lifting 70 lbs. one handed, while pinching two 2x4s

Tony gettig serious by lifting 70 lbs. one handed, while pinching two 2x4s.

I got pretty burned out on sport climbing last summer and changed over to bouldering for the fall. In my head that makes sense because I start training power in the fall anyways for the annual Full Gravity day compeition. I continue to train by bouldering through February for ABS Nationals (the biggest bouldering comp of the year). This year though I only made it until January before I decided that no matter what, I’m just not that much of a boulderer. So I switched it up again, and started training for rope season a month early. Rope season for me means SCS Nationals (lead climbing) in April, which conviniently comes right before Spring Fling (also lead climbing) at Spire.

I have always liked having specific events be the deadlines for my training. That way I can plan around it and know what I have to do when. That assumes that I’m psyched on the comp. For whatever reason I just didn’t have the psyche for ABS Nationals, I litterally couldn’t make myself sign up even  after several attempts at visiting the registration page.

That’s how I found myself rope climbing at the start of February and after the fist week or so,  I wasn’t doing terrably all that bad. Soon after I started doing bouldering workouts again;  linking up multiple boulder problems or climbing for a fixed interval of time to get ready to the taller walls at Movement Climbing and Fitness (where the SCS Nationals have been held the last 3 years). Its really hard to judge where your at fitness wise when you do only bouldering workouts for sport there’s no route you have to follow and you make it as hard as you want it to be, not what someone else thinks it should be. Not to mention you never clip…

With this in mind it felt really good to go down to Saint George for spring break to see where I was at. I knew I could try and climb a bunch of stuff I’ve never done before that was all at least as tall as the Movement walls. The trip went so so at first. I didn’t fall on any 5.12s at all, which was new (I didn’t figure that out till after the trip), but despite trying a bunch of 5.13s something just wasn’t clicking… Every day I was doing a good warm up working my way through two or three 5.12s and then giving two or three burns on a new (new because we went to a lot of different cliffs) 5.13b or c. I couldn’t seem to manage any of them in a day, at best I was able to get one down to a one-hang.

Brandon Smith on the crux of Smoking Drum 5.13b

Brandon Smith on the crux of Smoking Drum 5.13b

On our 7th day of the trip, the day after our first rest day, we went back to the Black and Tan wall to try and finish up one or two of the 5.13s I was closest on. It was one of those days you just can’t plan, that comes straight  out of the blue and knocks you over the head because you’d never expect it could happen. I didn’t fall. For the entire day. 5.10a flash, 5.11b flash, 5.12a flash, 5.13b 1st go of the day, 5.13c 1st go of the day, and 5.13a I’ll call it a flash but it was the closest thing to an onsight I’ve done of a 5.13. In other words the best day of climbing I’ve ever had. Period.

Coming back from spring break I felt a lot more confident and I thought I had much more stamina, but I still didn’t feel as solid as I wanted to be when doing my route climbing curcuit in the gym. It seemed like my workout wasn’t pushing myself hard enough and I didn’t know what how to make it harder with only two weeks left before the comp.

Finally mother nature blessed us with some unseasonably warm days that allowed us to go out at Natural Bridge and climb on some long routes. I returned to working on Isla De Los Locos 5.13c after a year or more hiatis. Despite not having been on it in so long I still made it into the crux my first try and then 3 hung it to the top from there, having Brandon, Alex, Nick and John there the first day was instramental in figureing out how to make the clip that had stiemied me so many times in the past. Alex also convinced me to get back on Monsters of the Deep 5.13c+. We figured out much better beta for the crux and redpoint crux deadpoint. It still felt hidiously hard but much more doable than last year. I came back the day after and put it down finally after sticking the sloper rail for the first time from the ground!

Brandon Smith entering the crux of Isla De Los Locos 5.13c

Brandon Smith entering the crux of Isla De Los Locos 5.13c

Wendesday the registration list for SCS Nationals came out. Last year there was a big change in the age of kids coming to the event. If I had to bet I think that was a herald for whats going to happen from here on. SCS Youth Nationals are alwaysheld out in July (unlike ABS nationals where adult and youth are seperated by two weeks at most) but it’s a great way to those kids who are 16 and older are trying to make the US Team to go to Youth Worlds to see where their at and get the exprience climbing with the big names like Daniel Woods, Carlo Traversi, Jon Cardwell etc. I’ve now realized that besides the pros that are my age not too many of the people who I competed with 3 years ago are still showing up and if they do they aren’t placing  as highly anymore (for the most part).

Alex Fritz at 19 is one of those kids fresh out of the youth cercuit kicking ass

Alex Fritz at 19 is one of those kids fresh out of the youth cercuit kicking ass

At Adult SCS nationals I’ve placed 15th, 12th, 21st, and 18th respectively over the last 4 years. Last year when I came in 21st it was because I got blown out of the water by the young kids: Dylan Barks, Ben Tresco, etc. who showed up for their first time and kicked everyones ass. This year wasn’t much different, the kids came in increasing numbers. This year though, I wouldn’t give up as easily as last year.

Taking pointers from my comparitive failure last year, I paid a lot more attention to body position and foot work of everyone and how that played into their sucess or failure. I warmed up well for my first route and timed it so that I was rested when it was my turn to climb.

augy mens b

Augy Cohn on Men’s route B

My first climb was very much a endurance oriented route with moderate but pumpy climbing up to two stacked boulder problems. I didn’t feel overly pumped getting to the sloper that was the start of the first boulder problem but pulling up into the underclings made it obvious I wasn’t as fresh as I wanted to be. I made the last clip that seperated the two boulders, but I had spent too much time making the clip. Once I made the clip I barely grabbed the undercling next to it and as I started to pull for the next hold my top hand exploded.

Here’s a Video of me on Men’s Route B at SCS Nationals by Aaron Hjelt

I took a lot of time off, made sure to eat, drink plenty of water, and watch as many people as possible before my next route, but I forgot to warm back up again, doh! By the time I finally realized it I only had time for a quick traverse before it was my time to climb again. The route was much more technical with bouldery moves mixed in. Getting to the roof wasn’t that hard, just plenty of moves to get you tired. Once in the roof though it was on like donkey kong; the setters had made a long pumpy section of crimps with very poor feet. Again the setters added a clip in the middle of the difficult section to add to the building pump. I made it to the lip of the roof but didn’t make the clip and fell falling into a minijug that would have lead to a bad rest before above the lip before the final boulder problem.

cardwell_mens b

Jon Cardwell topping out Men’s route B – qualifiers

Aaron’s Video of me on Men’s Route A at SCS Nationals

Overall I did quite well on my first route being in the top 3rd of the field but I fell closer to the halfway point of the field on my 2nd route settling me in 18th place just over the 50th percentile the top in the 44 competitor field.

The Women's head to head Speed Finals

The Women’s head to head Speed Finals

So now that SCS Nationals have come and gone, and I didn’t end up with a showy result, I’m faced with the question was it worth it? Was all last 6 months of training worth it all coming down to an 18th place finish…

I think a lot of people who don’t like competative climbing would say no it wasn’t worth it. I’ve been doing climbing comps since I was in high school placing anywhere from 1st to nearly last. Most people would be quick to point out I’ve had a lot of sucess in my career but the ones that stick out most in my mind are the ones where I was disapointed with my placement not the ones I was happy with.

What I’m trying to say is that this isn’t the end of the road. It was just a checkpoint along the way. While i’ve said that “I’m happy with how I did” so many times in the last two days it  only sounds hollow to me, I really am excited. Not by my numerical placement but by who I beat and what that means to me for progression. Out of the people who I went to the world cup with two years ago only three beat me, where as I placed 13 of 14 americans in the world cup. The fact that I’ve been able to keep up with my personal growth is huge. And the fact that I’ve never climbed this many 5.13s, let alone hard ones, this early in the year is another huge indicator on where I’m at. I’m going to need all the fitness and experience I can to finish off the tick list I made for myself this year. I started it off strong by doing Monsters of theDeep but it’s only one of many. The time to start applying the winter’s worth of being ‘serious’ to what really matters to me is now, not the flashy comp result I missed this weekend.

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A Little Bit of This and That

More on this in a bit!

More on this in a bit!

The Recent: Spending lots of time at Whiskey, not registering for ABS Nationals this year, Montana Bouldering Championships, my laptop breaking in half, I don’t have photoshop anymore… sad face, weekly photography project, what to shoot?, working in lab,  having nothing work the way we want in lab, my middle finger PIP joints are pissed at me, deciding to go to Japan after I graduate, tying into a rope again, how do I clip a quickdraw?, figuring out how to move again. The Movie?!?!?!

A lot has happened in the last month when I think about it, yet no single thing really seems worth to blog about. Starting the day after PAPOP I took a bunch of trips out to Whiskey Gulch. It started out as training trips for ABS Nationals, but that soon eroded into wandering around, lost in the woods having skin shredding, recovery week inducing, bouldering sessions in the snow. Don’t get me wrong a lot of fun was had by all. I managed to finish off most of my long term projects at Whiskey, Evan got stoked on bouldering, Tony actually found the boulders, David crushed everything in sight, and everytime we would get back to the car at sunset exhausted, with wet, frozen feet and holes in our fingers. Its hard to imagine a better way to spend a sunny winter weekend with friends.

Besides my silly ranting I should mention that there is something I’m really excited about, and it seem like lots of other people are excited about too. Kris Zigich spent all of last summer shooting video in at every sport crag in Bozeman to make the Bozeman Sport Climbing Movie. Over the last 3 months when he released the trailer I keep seeing links and long comment threads about the movie from people in Missoula to internet blogs I’ve never heard of.  Everyone gets pretty excited to watch Reel Rock and all the ski premiers in the fall every year and occasionally we get to see someone from Bozeman in them. When was the last time you got to see a full length movie about people you know climbing rad things in your backyard, though? This is akin to when Toy Soldiers started up and gave Bozeman Come Find Us. Come on people, lets get the community rounded up , pack the house, get stoked for summer and show some love to a guy who was crazy enough to move here and start a project like this on his own. Oh and did I forget to mention that Bozone is sponsoring the event, local beer, local climbing whats not to love.

I know I’ll be there, will you?

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet you should watch it:

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It’s Back!!!

The 2013 Prince and Princess of Plastic Bouldering Competition is only two weeks away!

PAPOP 2012 Poster

Event Schedule:

January 19th, 2013
8:00 am Registration opens (Heat 1)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Heat 1- Men’s Open & Women’s Beginner
12:00pm Registration opens (Heat 2)
12:30 pm Pizza served ($1 per slice)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Heat 2 – Men’s Open & Women’s Beginner

January 20th, 2013
8:00 am Registration opens (Heat 1)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Heat 1- Women’s Open & Men’s Beginner
12:00pm Registration opens (Heat 2)
12:30 pm Pizza served ($1 per slice)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Heat 2 – Women’s Open & Men’s Beginner
4:00 – 5:00 pm Games
5:00 – 8:00 pm Finals
8:00 pm Awards and Raffle

We will be taking all of the holds down on Tuesday evening before the comp so the climbing wall will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for setting and preparations.

Unfortunetly we are trying to make money from the comp this year so we can actually buy new holds, so the pizza is no longer free… but the raffle should be at least as good as last year!

I hope you all can make it out and help support this little gym cause all this crazy crew will be setting:

JM

Joe The Rescue Guy AKA “JM”

E

The white kid Evan AKA “E”

EC

Erik the know it all boulderer AKA”EC”

KM

Kevin the complainer AKA”KM”

LR

Loren the magician AKA “LR”

Z

Zach, too sexxy for my shirt AKA “Z”

JS

John The Scriz AKA “JS”

along with “TFRAG” and “BENOV”

See you all there!

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Sampling Spokane’s Best

Last Friday I drove out to Spokane, WA to help set for a bouldering comp at a local gym called The Rocky. We started setting Wednesday, the last couple of days I’ve been getting a tour of the local places from Bryan Franklin, Chris Covillo, and Billy Ward. All of which are on the climbing team coached by Joshua Jackman who has been nice enough to put up Alex Fritz and myself for the week at his place.

The day after I arrived in Spokane, Bryan, Chris and I took off at 7:00 am to drive 3 hours to go to China Bend. A south facing limestone cliff just off the banks of the Columbia river and has some really cool features including several tufas! We started off warming up on the left end of the cliff and started moving right into the more overhanging terrain. The overhang may not get more than 15 degrees over but the small holds and thin tufa pinches make for some difficult climbing in a hurry.

Saturday Alex arrived from Seattle a little too late to go to China Bend, so the next day we headed down to a more local area Deep Creek. Deep Creek is characterized by cracked out basalt that reaches up close to 100 feet. The routes seem even longer because it’s rare that the routes go straight up they move side to side as they wander up the cliff, making for interesting movement. Both days it was overcast with high humidity but not wet which made the temps great but the basalt felt a little extra slippery.

Monday we climbed with the team at their practice. I had a great time climbing with the kids wow seemed really psyched on climbing and excited that they got to climb with us, it was a real treat.

Tuesday Alex, Ryan Crowe, and I went for an adventure day out in McLellan State Park trying to find boulders. It was really foggy that day so the rock was a bit damp in some spots, but we made the best of it and wandered around a bit admissibly stumbling into boulders. McLellan was a cool place but in need to a lot more traffic… I’m pretty sure we managed to break something off of every problem we tried.

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Winter’s Here for Better or Worse

Its been a while… at first I was hoping to go back up to cascade a few more times get photos and put up something about how the season ended. For me the season ended almost a month ago now because of other events, work, and school. Now I might be able to get up there the weekend after next maybe, but other than that it’s over for me until the spring.

Fall coming to Lava lake

A few weeks ago Ryan and I took a Friday afternoon to just walk around up in the boulder field. I took photos and GPS points for every boulder that we found. It was a little disappointing to say the least, but there are still some gems up there waiting to be climbed.  Erik has still been venturing up to Cascade Creek despite the weather and been making the best of probably the shortest “good weather” climbing season for an area around. I wish I could go just to try the protein project some more but that will have to wait…

The upper talus field from the trail

Anyone for a nice highball?

Cool features are still out there!

One of the better boulders we found

I’ve never been super inspired or really all that enthused with doing first ascents (FAs) like some people seem to be. To me it seems just like every other new ascent to you; that is it’s always the first time you’ve climbed any particular piece of rock, not matter if anyone else has ever done it or not. In all the routes I’ve done very few have sat in my mind with the weight that the protein project has. The Raven in Squaw Creek, Straw Man at the Cube, The Throne in Lander, and maybe Social Outcast in Rumney are really the only routes I can think of that really stayed on my mind and seemingly called out to me, as if they needed to be climbed. The protein project is one of those routes, I’m not sure if its because it still awaits a FA or if its just that kind of route that’s so good I desperately want to climb it. I really hope its not just because I could maybe get the FA of it, but saying that that doesn’t have anything to do with it is just lying to myself, and I know that, so all I can do is train to be good enough to climb it next season if its still an FA or not I’ll be endlessly psyched. It represents the hardest movement I’ve ever tried rock climbing, and that means something to me because it is all crimps, which I’m strongest at, over all other styles of climbing.

Due to the fact that I can’t really go up to cascade anymore I’ve been opting to going sport climbing again. I know this seems predictable but the reality is more that it is easy than it’s what I really want to do right now. The first time it snowed in Bozeman this fall, it only made me want to go climbing more. Given the weather and my new found bouldering power I decided to hop on Eight Seconds in Bear Canyon again. This wasn’t the easy decision it sounds like it was, I have a kind of offsetting history with this route… Two years ago I tried it for the first time, it was the first 5.13d I ever tried. The crux revolves around a very shoulder intensive body position change so that you can do a heel-hand match and exit the crux. I tried the move over and over hoping to learn how to do it so that I could finish the climb because the rest of it is easy by comparison.

I can’t say exactly what caused what next, but I hurt my shoulder by attempting the move so many times in isolation. It may have been that my posture was so bad back then that it was just the straw that broke the camels back or that I actually partially tore my biceps tendon in the process, I’ll never know. I took a few days off and kept going as if nothing was different. Little did I know that in January, scarcely 4 months later I would end up in the urgent care office after a simple stretch that, done incorrectly, caused immense pain. I went to physical therapy for the next 6 months or more just working on postural muscles and muscle memory to keep me in a better posture.

I can’t say I’m fully healed, or that I’m pain free. In the last year I’ve learned that I’ll have to live with my injury for the rest of my life simply due to the nature of climbing and the fact that I can’t stop climbing. Eight Seconds, just the name inspires fear in me just like an actual bull ride should I guess. Logically I know eight seconds (the approximate time you have to hold onto the crux crimp) is hardly enough time to re-injure my shoulder again, but the thought of being in pain and unable to climb for weeks at a time scares the living crap out of me.

So when we hiked into Bear Canyon that day and it was snowing while in the high 30s, I had serious doubts I would even try the route that day. Ryan wanted to warm up on the 5.9 Robin, both of us froze our hands and feet after climbing. Next we moved onto Ignition, the classic 5.11a of the area. I climbed it twice because the first time I froze my hands again, but my feet felt much better. The second time I stepped up to climb I felt a lot better, my hands were cold but not numb by the end. I kind of just put the draws up on the first three bolts before I really decided I wanted to try Eight Seconds.

Soon enough I was walking myself move by move through the route. My first go of the day I stuck the crux crimp from the ground, locked it in, and got my heel up only to fall at what I had thought to be an easy exit move. No way! I thought and kept going up the arete remembering how to do each move and putting up the draws. Excited at how well I had climbed and how warm I felt while climbing I talked myself into thinking I could do it that day!

We turned out not to be the only ones crazy enough to climb while it was snowing and an audience soon appeared at the Ignition ledge waiting to try its namesake route. Despite my ‘prowess’ at climbing in front of a crowd during comps, I’ve never really liked the same atmosphere at the crag. It’s straight up stressful having a bunch of people who think you can’t fail and vocally say so while you try something that you know you can barely do. My next few attempts I got to the same move and failed lowering down every time a little bit colder and more unable to return my body temperature to a normal level even with my puffy on. The last time I hopped on I said it was going to be my last for the day. On the very edge of inescapable hypothermia I set out, finally catching the bump move and fought my way to the top, literally.

When I got to the last crux, navigating an awkward arete that guards the chains my hands were completely numb and I noticed I physically couldn’t close my hands as well as I normally can. Somehow I didn’t fall, but when I took my hand off to pull up rope to clip the chains but I almost fell off my hands were so numb and pumped. I yelled down “I can’t clip, I have to top it out Ryan!” and so I did, frantically kicking my way over the lip to safety. Sitting on the top I pushed out the shouts of congratulations and stared at the sun starting to set though the clouds. It was one of the better feelings I’ve had after finishing a project for a long time, probably similar to when I did my first 13a in a gym (that sounds so lame reading it, but its true) the euphoria overcame me for a bit and I couldn’t help but smile for the rest of the day and into the next.

Now that winter’s here in full force it’s time to buckle down for comp season: FGD 12, The Rocky Comp, Billings and the annual trip to Joe’s are just around the corner, and I can’t wait. Comps bring out the best in me, because they give me something that I can never beat regardless of the results. I the mean time I know I’ll be doing the best I can to get stronger so that maybe next time I can beat the competition itself, even though I know that’s impossible.

I can’t wait to walk up this trail again

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Eyes Wide Open

Since school started I have taken to the limited reality of the weekend warrior quite well. This summer between the smoke, the heat, and a nagging finger injury I was VERY unmotivated to climb. At the begging of the summer I looked at the route index in the back of both Bozeman guidebooks a lot to figure out what I have not climbed around Bozeman over the last 3 years. Unfortunately the more I look at those lists, the more I get discouraged by 5.13+ projects I haven’t finished yet or lots of moderate sub-classics, which by no means aren’t worth doing but they just didn’t inspire me… I pretty much only climbed eight new routes in Bozeman between June and August and I did 4 of those in a day…

About a month ago Tony Chang, a new grad student at MSU, wanted to go bouldering outside so I took him up to Cascade Creek just below Lava Lake. He got supper excited about the quality and quantity of boulders in the talus. Since his first introduction to the area we’ve gone up to the talus field at least a half dozen times. Changing from route climbing to bouldering (which I sucked at at first) has brought back my motivation to climb this fall. Every time we go up there I think we add at least 2 new lines, just filling in undone projects around the lower boulder field. But as with all places Tony and I have already done most of the lower problems. We have thrown around the idea of hiking up to the top of the boulder field for a long time now but never followed through.

Last weekend we finally sacked up and hiked up to some of the higher established boulders to warm up with hopes of continuing up the hill. Unfortunetly we got sidetracked by a cool project on the Carpenter Boulder, a direct-ish line that goes up from the start through two very cool slopers. After that we settled with just a hike around to see if it was even worth going uphill after all.

Let me just say that if Cascade Creek has ~60 boulder problems currently established it has enough climbable boulders for at least triple that if you go straight up the hill from the entrance and that’s not including going downstream!!!

Friday night a Fletcher, Kris, Mclain, and I went to the cube and I checked out the project extension to Roller Girls and I think it’ll go this fall too. Between Friday at the cube and Saturday at Cascade motivation has returned in floods and I have embraced my new weekend warrior status to get out every weekend now until the inevitable snows shut us down for the season. This weekend was an important wake up call to get me motivated. I just wish I had more than just weekends to go out and try all these new boulders!

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Escaping the Heat

Last week while at Spire I started a conversation with a new PhD student Tony about areas around town. When I told him about Cascade Creek he got pretty excited and wanted to check it out. The next day we went to check it out, with a hand drawn map from Jeff Ho to look for the Haunted Space Mansion boulder. We didn’t send too much that day but we checked out a project and two V9s as well as some boulders I didn’t know about even though they had received some cleaning.

Tony stabbing into the crux of Monkey Knife Fight V9

Tony attempting a sit start to Tyler’s Problem

On Saturday Eric Christensen (who has done a bulk of the development in the area) and I went up, so that I could get the proper tour of the main area. Eric was able to get the FAs of a lowball project he cleaned last fall and a link up in the Lava Lounge. While I was able to do the FA of a sit start project as well as a new line we cleaned. The other boulders Eric showed me make for a great circuit with a lot of V3 to V5 problems.

Then on Sunday Joey, his roommates: Kevin, Taylor, and Alex, and I all went for another hike up to the talus field. For the most part we stayed near the Lava Lounge and the Tick Tick Boom Areas. Joey was able to send Lava Lunge (V3) and Tick Tick Boom (V3) after a finding a unique way through the first two moves. Alex made a great 3rd of Ascent of Janie’s Got a Gun (V2) and did Hungry Eyes (V2) in a few goes.

Joey projecting the crux start of Tick Tick Boom V3

I had a great day on Sunday sending one of the V9s Tony and I had worked on, called Monkey Knife Fight put up by Kyle Vassilopoulos two years ago. I also cleaned and sent a project that Joey pointed out which starts on Tick Tick Boom. We’re calling it Quail Hunting with Dick Cheney, which should weigh in around V6. It’s a similar style to the sit start project I climbed the day before; it’s less powerful, but requires more attention to body position so should be about a grade below that one. Joey captured a video of the FA here:

This seemingly small area just below Lava Lake is still producing some new lines and has a lot more potential for new stuff. So far the majority of the boulder problems are in the V2 to V6 range mostly concentrated nearish to the river. Up the hill from the Haunted Space Mansion Boulder there could easily be double the amount of problems all ready there. Getting a proper tour and bringing new people up to the boulder field has renewed my interest and inspired a few more to make the hike and start looking for something new to add to this beautiful area.

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