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Natasha Barnes - Yosemite Bouldering

Natasha Barnes - Yosemite Bouldering
Natasha Barnes - Yosemite Bouldering
May 26, 2010 -  Natasha Barnes    

This Spring we've been cleaning and putting up new climbs in Yosemite Valley. There is so much rock that the possibilities are almost endless. We've been lucky to find some good blocs to climb.


This Spring myself, Moses, Walker and one or two others have been venturing out to areas in Yosemite that have been overlooked thus far in terms of bouldering development. Pretty much anywhere you point in Yosemite there is going to be rock, its all a matter of how tall and how featured that rock ends up being. We've been having a good time exploring and finding rock. We've managed to clean and climb a few good ones and two really stellar and hard ones. It's been a really great experience developing, which is something I've never really done. Finding, cleaning and climbing our own boulders is really satisfying. Making a contribution to one of our favorite climbing areas in the world...there is no greater feeling of accomplishment.

Moses put up one of the best ones so far which he called Crimp Hand Pimp Hand and we are guessing its about V10/V11 on rad crimps! A Valley classic for sure!! Our friend Adam from England made the second ascent. Video coming soon. We put up a really cool face that is probably about V7ish and another slopey and steep V8 and I got the FA on a very tall committing problem that we thought would be harder then it ended up being which we called The Vice (V8/9) aka Float Like a Butterfly Land Like a Tomato. The Vice has a very hard crux on a pinch you must "vice grip" then some easier moves to a little committing crux at the top. Psyched to have gotten this one as I spent a good amount of time cleaning it this Spring, weekend and mid-week trips.  We also put up some moderates that are quite fun.

The season continues to be filled with rain and increasingly warm temperatures but in between we will try to get out there more and work on some other ones we have our eyes on out there.


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