Lost in this World

In June 2015, Jack showed Derek and I a new climb he had done behind the big ass boulder at the Lost World called Steezy Flair. It was super fun for a little one and we had a good session. Afterwards, we found ourselves bashing around on the North side of the big bloc looking for nothing in particular when we spied the corner of what would become Rounding Second peeking out from under the moss. We got a little closer, then closer still, then ended up spending a few work days there doing stuff. When the moss cleared we were astounded to see how featured this giant wall actually was! The left side has some interesting features and fun variations, the right side has 5 nice highballs. All technical and exciting, but not necessarily dangerous. Touching First base and the laser cut Rounding Second start in separate corner systems and join up around 20 feet. The classic on this wall is probably Lost in this World which weaves up the center of the wall on sneaky features, through underclings and overlaps, with much trickery starting with your boots about 12 feet off the deck. This entire wall is predominantly technical face climbing on great rock with mega features and a good landing. The climbs Crazy Clown and LLK were named for our friend Kyle Wolochatiuk, who passed in a tragic speedwing accident on the Chief earlier that summer. Both awesome highballs with sit starts and 30 foot topouts that put a smile on your face and make you appreciate life, and climbing, and all the great people you meet, and beautiful places you get to go and be a part of. We enjoyed being lost in this world and hope others will too.

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The Constellations

“Why don’t we have a cool, summer alpine bouldering area?!” was all I could think as I sat early last summer stewing in the hot, humid air locked in the windless forest surrounding the Squamish boulders. Summer is the most predictably dry weather here but it’s not exactly sending conditions. Colorado has RMNP. Yosemite has Tuolumne. Why not us? We need an escape.

I searched Google Maps for a solution. A few potentially interesting rock piles appeared in the Squamish area. One pile looked particularly good but with especially arduous access. So I did the easy thing and I went to Tuolumne for the rest of the summer where the boulders are only a few minutes from the road. It was rad.

This spring, as we made our way through record-breaking 30°C weather in April, the same problem started creeping up. What am I going to do to make it through this summer? That pile of rocks was on my mind again.


Just look at that pile. It’s huge!

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