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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Flying Squirrel - V6 - Video...OH YEAH!

Mark sending Flying Squirrel in the Columbia Boulders.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Missing Moss

First, to everyone who has already bought a copy of the Carver Bouldering Guide, THANK YOU! That thanks also goes out to the businesses currently selling the guidebook.
  • The Stone Cliff Inn (the owners of the restaurant and the property are being very supportive of the guide and the climbing community - go in a have a beer every once in awhile)
  • The Circuit Bouldering Gym (NE & SW locations) 
A lot of people feared that a guidebook would cause the woods to be overrun with loud, dirty boulderers. If the past two Sundays are any indication, then those fears are unfounded. Well, OK, we have been getting a little dirty reclaiming some lost problems, but yesterday there were 6 of us total in the woods bouldering between noon and 5:30p.m.

The hand full of us, between climbing some already clean problems, managed to clean off the top to Optimus Prime (V3 - Yosemite Boulder), Emil Muzz (V2 - Dragnet Boulder), Universal Head (V7 - in the Dragnet pit), Joe Friday (V2 - next to the Dragnet Boulder) and last week we partially cleaned Soldering Iron of Justice (V5 - behind the Traffic Boulder) and Chipmunk (V3) and Fox Squirrel (V1) - both of those are on the little boulder left of the Angry Squirrel Boulder.

Thanks to Mark, Mindy, and some others for doing some scrubbing instead of just climbing.

I'll have new photos up in the next post and hopefully some video as well. I'm tweeting @CarverBoulders if you want to follow me there to hear about blog updates, access issues, where guidebooks are available and when I'm planning on being in the woods at Carver next. Hope to see you there.

Friday, July 29, 2011

For Sale: Carver Bouldering Guide - $10.00

Currently the guide is available from me and I'll post on twitter when I'll be out at Carver or other random places with guides available to purchase. The cost is $10 - cash please and exact amounts are always appreciated. I'm also on facebook if you'd like to check in with me there.

I am working on having the guidebook available at the local climbing gyms around PDX.

There are also copies available for sale at the Stone Cliff Inn. They have really tasty food and the views from the outdoor deck are fantastic.

To get a membership card you must FIRST fill out your info on the Carver Climbing Club website and then print out your waiver to take to either ClubSport or the PRG.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Carver Trail Work & Guidebook Release Party!

THAT'S RIGHT THE GUIDEBOOK IS COMING! It will be available first to the folks who come help out with some trail work at Carver on Saturday, July 23. The guide is $10.00 and I take cash only.

Trail work is from 11am - 4pm and then there will be some appetizers and one free drink at the Stone Cliff Inn from 4 - 6pm.

Here's the sweet poster for the Trail Work and the Carver Bouldering Guide Release Party:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

No Smoking and Trail Clean-up at Rocky Butte

Attention Carver Climbers and Boulderers: Mr. Rosenbaum has asked us not to smoke (anything) in the woods around the Stone Cliff Inn. He is rightly concerned about someone starting a fire on his property. Please tell anyone you see smoking in the woods about this new rule.

In exchange for your help in protecting the woods from fire, Mr. Rosenbaum has extended the parking use in the lot until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. All climbers and boulderers must exit the property on all days by 9 p.m. or risk having your vehicle locked in and/or towed.

The Rocky Butte Climbers Coalition, in partnership with ODOT and the Access Fund, have 3 trail work and area clean-up days scheduled. If you are planning on heading out there to help, remember to walk all the way down to The Shwingus and do some cleaning over there as well. If you're going to be out there to help-out, leave a comment on which day and hopefully we can meet-up.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Carver Bouldering Guide and in the Meantime

The guidebook is very close. I have 5 sample copies, fresh from the printer, in my possession. There are a few final edits to make along with some paper sourcing to work out.

In the meantime here is a photo of a potential area out in the gorge. I'll have more on this in the future:



Friday, June 3, 2011

2011 Season is Starting

Hi Gang,

It has been a long, wet Winter & Spring since my last posting back in August 2010. Not a lot changed on the Carver front over the last several months and so I didn't have much to write about. My non-climbing life has also been very busy, which made it even easier not to write about Carver.

All of that is starting to change as the Season of the Sun has begun to emerge in PDX.

Things I can report:
  • Mike Rosenbaum, the property owner, has been happy with the new membership cards and climbers' behavior on his property. Please keep up the good work and relationships.
    If you need a card, visit the Carver Climbing Club website to obtain a waiver and find out more info.
  • The Carver Climbing Club is planning a trail day this summer. The tentative date is Saturday, July 23 (I'll have more details as they are finalized).
  • I have also been given the OK from Mike Rosenbaum to publish the guidebook Jered Bernert and I had ready two years ago. It is going through a final review and a couple of quick updates. I'll let you know when to expect to see them for sale.
I walked the woods about 7 weeks ago and the boulders appeared in good shape, but now that we've had some sun mixed with the rain I imagine the moss and the ferns and the other stuff are growing like mad. The one troubling thing I saw was up at the cliff-line. People have been scratching their names into the cliff with rocks. If you notice people out in the woods who really shouldn't be, please inform the staff of the Stone Cliff Inn.

Check out this older post all about Carver access and rules.

Don't forget your brushes and please be safe.