This past weekend was the first leg of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series in NC. The bouldering area is called Hound Ears. The event started last Friday with early registration and vendor fair. The Five Ten booth was packed throughout the night. People were getting psyched to try out the new shoes during the comp.
Spadout.com reviews Five Ten's popular approach shoe: "The Guide Tennie ($99) is one of the most popular approach shoes on the market. It’s durable enough for rough approaches, yet it climbs remarkably well. This shoe is a favorite among Yosemite Valley locals. I’m willing to bet the Guide Tennie has climbed El Capitan more than any other approach shoe."
This past weekend I traveled to North Carolina for some awesome bouldering at Hound Ears in Boone, NC where the first comp of 2010 Triple Crown Bouldering series was held. All three of the comps are held to benefit two organizations dedicated to maintaining climbers' access: the Southeastern Climbers' Coalition and The Carolina Climbers' Coalition. Being a sponsor of this great event, Five Ten was present with a free breakfast and an exclusive launch of the Blackwing.
Well, It's over now. The culmination of hard work by the community was well noticed on Sunday when a TON of climbers showed up at Lincoln Lake to climb on the last day of the season- that is of course because the park service closes the road for the winter months. Everyone was having a great time, some getting their last tries in on their projects, others just enjoying the day. It was great to see all the familiar faces and I can't wait for the next season.
Higgar tor the other day seemed to be a popular destination. Every man and his dog was there (3 dogs infact.) Anyway to start with it was just me and a few mates out for a bit of a trading day out. As each of us wanted to lead we ended up dropping the ropes after each lead and left the gear in for our partner to just follow up as a clip up. Then we would swap leads to let each other be able to place gear.
We are slowly adjusting back to the normal life after 3 months of madness in Greenland... This was definitely one of our wildest adventure so far! The atmosphere of sailing through huge Icebergs was absolutely incredible and being able to climb virgin big walls right off the sailboat in such a wild place felt unreal.