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Save Sandstone, MN Bouldering!

The Access Fund and Minnesota Climbers Association have partnered to acquire land in Sandstone, MN that is known to have some of the best bouldering in the state.  This land was previously privately own, and because of this access had been limited to those who knew the owners, or had experience with the land.  Funds are needed to finish the acquisition and for future improvements.  More information can be found on the Access Fund’s Website  and on the MCA’s website.  Make your donations on the Access Fund’s site to avoid the Paypal processing fee!  Give now and lets keep Sandstone Bouldering open for the future!

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Music to my Ears

Last night I spent some time at Willow River State Park, doing something that I don’t do that often, climbing with a rope.

I spent my time there working on the route “Water Music” a short(still long for me) 5.12a route, with some cool moves over a roof. With a few tries and much Beta from Zach B. I nearly got the send. Unfortunately my bouldering ways have not granted me the necessary endurance and during my send go, I found myself feeling pumped before the harder moves over the roof. I’ll definitely have to get back to Willow again soon to tackle this route.

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VE Mountain Goats crush as SCS Divisional

VE Mountain Goats crush as SCS Divisional

Congrats to all the climbers that competed at last weekends SCS 2013 Divisionals at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis, IN.  The Twin Cities VE Mountain Goats had a number of climbers qualify for the National competition, as well as first place finishes by Kyle Struthers in Male Youth-B, Kyra Condie in Female Youth-A, and Noah Ridge in Male Juniors.  Way to represent!

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Fun Day at Sawmill

Fun Day at Sawmill

This Saturday I went up to Sawmill Creek Dome on the North Shore of Lake Superior for a fun day of bouldering. It was only my second time climbing in the area. My first trip to Sawmill was a somewhat miserable affair. The weather happened to be colder than expected, with snow falling sporadically throughout the day, and I, unfortunately, had neglected to pack sufficient clothing. So I froze my ass off. For this trip the weather was much warmer, but that also meant the friction was not as good. That made some of the harder climbs even more difficult, as success on these problems can greatly depend on how well your skin can adhere to the course textures of the Anorthosite rocks. It was a lot of fun though. I got on a couple of problems I hadn’t tried before such as Absolution, a tenuous V5 high ball, and The Warmup slab. This photo is me trying out a project, which Kris Johnson nabbed the supposed FA of minutes after this photo was taken.

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Dog vs. Impact Driver

I got an impact driver yesterday for route setting, my dog Henry does not seem to enjoy it, but maybe the internet will get a few laughs from his reaction. Enjoy!

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Dave Graham talks injuries, Island, and Travel

Foreword and forever

A nice long blog post by Dave Graham, recounting a knee injury he incurred skiing this year, which led to his completion of the Island Volume One, and some adventures around Europe.

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Sport Climbing doesn’t make the cut for 2020 Olympics

Sport Climbing doesn’t make the cut for 2020 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has voted, and Sport Climbing, Wakeboarding, Karate, Roller Sports, and Wushu did not make the cut.  Fans of Baseball/Softball, wrestling and squash will be happy to know that their sports have made it on to the next vote that will take place in September.  I can’t say I’m too upset, but I do hope to see more live coverage of Sport Climbing and Bouldering competitions, like LT11 has been bringing us this year.  

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The Ice Knife V15, 2nd and 3rd ascents

Paul Robinson and Daniel Woods recently headed up to Guanella Pass, CO to try out Dave Graham’s unrepeated boulder. Video by Beau Kahler.

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The Island Part One, out now!

The Island Part One, out now!

Those people over on that place that is totally encompassed by water have released their first feature film today.  The Island Part One(of Three) is out now!  It stars some of the most famous and strongest climbers in the world (Dave Graham, Jon Cardwell, Daniel Woods, Isaac Caldiero, Joe Kinder, Colette Mcinierney and Enzo Oddo) and takes place in some the best climbing destinations on the planet(Ceuse and Nice in France and in Verbier and Zurich in Switzerland)  Check it out!!

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The Island Season 1 Coming May 20th

http://island.io/1h6syQeB

Here’s another preview of the first in a three part series of climbing films, brought to you by the guys over at island.io Really looking forward to this one!