3/20/2017 Fall River Bouldering Development Project: Series 5

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On the first day of spring Monte Graham and myself ventured out to the new development area to do several things. He had and interest in seeing the routes we have put up out here, and also  wanted  to see the quality of lines that we have been professing about so much. He was geared up to clean and develop some routes today. He had been out to this spot in the past but mainly for the rope climbing that is possesses,,, in abundance I  must say.

Monte is pretty diverse in his disciplines so when he started gravitating towards cracks and highballs I just stepped to the side and let him do his thing.  He cleaned up a few lines and worked then but also left a few cool projects for the next time.

I was eager to get him on one of my very first routes I cleaned out there. I quickly had to orphan because it was just too hard for me to piece together. It was about time this thing got sent. We both worked it together trying various beta but it in the end Monte came up with the big move that put him in position for the finish. He was fine to let the tentative route name carry on despite its abrasiveness. The “Vulcan Skull F****” is officially off the project list now. By its name you will understand the starting hold and the finish become painfully obvious if your burly enough to get to the top.

Vulcan Skull Fuck V5: FA Monte Graham

A quick visit to the Far East boulder revealed some hidden potential to the right of it. Covered in moss was relatively short looking boulder with some horizontal rails that seem to beg to be cleaned up. We ended up with 2 solid routes and maybe an additional version and then 2 others just to the right.

Red: Block Talk V4+. FA Monte Graham

Yellow: Block Talk V4+

Red: Small Talk V2: FA Monte Graham

Teal: Spring Break V1: FA Jason Kruse

I wanted Monte to get on another route I put up on my first trip out  called “High Deductable” V4,  cause I wanted to see how he worked through the topout. I feel vindicated cause he had to work it a bit:-) (Left slab with roof top out in the Lobby).

After we were warmed up we decided to split up a bit and really look for some lines we wanted to work on. We worked in the Field Boulders region. (with the big green boulders).  He cleaned up a cool Kansas highball that traverses left to right and meets up with a sweet right sidepull that travels up to a top out. This project will stay open for a bit.

I wasted 30 minutes cleaning up a line just to the left of “Brady’s Come Back”. Decided to abandon it when I turned around and saw a sweet line on a boulder just behind me. It’s a cool sit down start with on off cambor feel and strong top out.

Hindsight V4: FA Jason Kruse

Yellow: Hindsight V4. FA Jason Kruse

This area that we hunkered down in for the remainder of the day and developed is called the Field Boulders cause it sits directly across from the field to the north. From the trail looking back you can see the 2 large boulders near the base of the cliff.

Monte found a gem of a project that I have walked by several times and flat out never saw. It is located in one of the coolest coridors within the back wall of the Field boulders.

Project

One of the Green Boulders has this amazing rock feature and character that begged to be cleaned up so I did. Then I couldn’t send it. The crux move will be a V6 or higher. Good luck to whoever tries to tackle it.

The Fix V5+: FA Monte Graham

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Monte got all serious when he spotted his cool boulder and had to put the brush to it. He was cleaning it for a while while I went ahead and officially sent the slab dihedral route that we have all been looking at for months. Caution: the downclimb, or uncontrolled slide down is sketchy so make sure you have pads to catch you. I probably owe Monte a beer for a proper last second pad placement.