For the past few weeks I have been staying in Reno, Nevada visiting friends and family for the holidays. The weather here is incredibly warm with highs in the upper 50’s, sunny days, and no sign of snow. I have been bouldering outdoors every chance I get and through this process I created a video of all the first ascents Tory and I have been finding. We started exploring two main areas were both of us had been, but never really put any serious effort into developing. The Somersett boulders are a really small granite outcropping right inside the Somersett housing community. The boulders are home to about 30 different problems in three different areas. Most of the problems are a few moves, but if you look hard enough you can find the real 15 ft gems. Hill 9 is a completely new area located in Washoe valley that holds the best granite bouldering in the area. With about a dozen boulders I was shocked this area hadn't been developed. The views all along the Washoe valley are breath taking and the problems range from short fun problems to 25 ft high balls. In the Somersett boulders we established two new lines: Chudo V6 and Chudo Direct V7 and at Hill 9 we established: Slab Happy V4, Unnamed V4, Anemophobia V5, Unnamed V5, and Golden Streak V5. Its hard to find harder problems then V5 around the Reno Area but Hill 9 contains a few problems that are still being worked in the V10+ grade.
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