• Grayson Highlands Bouldering Guidebook: A Review

    Absolutely amazing…Brayack has done it again, but better!!!    Around 10 years or so ago, the climbing guidebook industry started to see a revolution. Wolverine Publishing started producing some of the first real “climbing porn” style guidebooks…by that I mean an obvious change away from the basic black and white, crudely-drawn-on-a-napkin-at-the-Mexican-joint-after-being-at-the-crag-all-day line topo style guidebooks, to the detailed, computer generated, cant-get-lost-photo-topo-and-heres-some-of-the-best-action-shots-you’ve-ever-seen guidebook. Most remember the first Red River Guidebook and the effect it has on them after first seeing it, and for me, it made me never want to look at a basic stick drawing again. Sure there’s less adventure in route finding and it keeps things closer to what the FA’er experienced many moons ago, but many climbers and Read More

  • Rocktown Bouldering Guidebook: A Review

      WOW!!! That’s was my first impression of the new Rocktown Bouldering Guidebook as soon as I pulled the book out of the shipping envelope…and the WOW factor didn’t stop as I read through the book for this review! With eye popping, brilliantly colored, high resolution action photos jumping off of nearly every page, this guide doesn’t disappoint those that love some good eye candy! Atop Lookout Mountain in Northeast Georgia exists a labyrinth of sandstone boulders with practically every shape, size and variety of hold and route possible…Rocktown!  Rocktown is one of the Big 3 boulderfields in the Southeast, Little Rock City (or Stone Fort to those that haven’t been bouldering for a while) and Horse Pens 40 being Read More

  • The Upstate Bouldering Guidebook: A New Guidebook to Bouldering in the Jocassee Gorges of SC and Western NC

    Upstate Bouldering Guidebook Ordering Information: To order a copy of the Upstate Bouldering Guidebook, a guide to… *Around 350 bouldering routes in Upstate of South Carolina and western North Carolina Areas covered in The Upstate Bouldering Guide… Jocassee Gorges Area of SC: -Little Eastatoee -Beasley Gap -Sasquatch -Big Eastatoee Western NC: -Whitewater Falls -Granite City -Pisgah National Forest/Looking Glass *11 Jocassee Gorges mountain bike rides *2 Jocassee Gorges road bike rides *Suggestions for… +Future boulder route development +A dozen whitewater runs nearby, from class II-V+ +8 different flatwater paddling destinations +Hundreds of miles of hiking and backpacking in nearby areas +A variety of swimming holes on local rivers and lakes +Gear Shops nearest each bouldering area +Camping within a few Read More

  • Dixon School Road Boulders Guidebook Review and Author Interview

    I’ve been posting often recently about the new Dixon School Road Boulders Guidebook…and for good reason! This was a great project to help out ALL Western North Carolina boulderers…it provides solid info and history about Dixon and takes some of the impact off of Rumbling Bald by providing an alternative for the pebble wrestlers. I wanted to do a quick review of the guidebook, but I wanted to mainly spotlight the author, and his efforts to help not only local climbers, but the CCC also. Thanks Matt for all of your hard work! The Review After the dedication to Shane Cobourn, the table of contents, and a nice intro to the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC), a colorful first hand history Read More

  • Bouldering Tour Giveaway Entries and Videos To Get You Psyched!

    The Bouldering Tour Contest is moving way too slow for there to be so many boulderers in the Asheville/Brevard region to turn this opportunity down!!! The contest ends This Friday…so click on over to UpstateBouldering.blogspot.com and enter to win one of these incredible bouldering tours!!! I’m shocked that only 3 people have e-mailed me their entry for the chance to win a bouldering tour of spots that rival Rumbling Bald and Boone, but just don’t get the hype these other spots get. If you haven’t seen or heard of these boulders before then you’re not alone…but trust me when I say that the quality of routes and the atmosphere of being in Pisgah make for some pretty amazing boulder session! There Read More

  • Win A Free Guided Boulder Tour!

    Upstate Bouldering is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor of 2 upcoming Adopt-A-Crag days, Looking Glass NC on September 24th and Table Rock SC on December 10th! Both of these trail days benefit places very close to my home and they also help out the Carolina Climbers Coalition in their goal of being great stewards of our climbing areas. I wanted to sponsor these trail days and give back to the local boulderers all at the same time, so I will be giving away 5 guided bouldering tours for each of these trail days! The Western North Carolina Climbers Weekend will be the weekend of September 24th and 25th in Brevard/Pisgah Forest, NC. As part of this Read More

  • New Dixon School Road Boulders Guidebook!!!

      The Dixon School Road Boulders, near Charlotte, NC, were once an insider’s crag and considered to be on the border of a legal/illegal place to climb. In the mid-late 90’s, rumor’s used to fly in the local climbing gym about a bouldering spot near Crowder’s with a quick approach and fun routes…most folks I knew called it the Buzzard Roost back then, but it soon became known as the boulders on Dixon School Road. When I finally got the lowdown about the place it was, “No need for beta…just drive down Dixon School Road and look for the boulders. Parking is an issue and climbing is kind of illegal, I think…but if you’re into pebble wrestling it might be Read More

  • Evolv Shaman Climbing Shoe Review

    I’m not usually one to buy into the hype of the newest and latest climbing shoes. I’ve been climbing long enough to know that its more than a shoe that makes the biggest difference in performance. But I have also learned over the years that shoes have the ability to pull your performance down, if they are not the right shoe for the right type of climb. When I first started climbing, I wore La Sportiva, and went through 3 pairs before I switched to Five Ten due to what I thought was the stickiest rubber in the business. I wore through many many pairs of a variety of Five Ten shoes before Evolv finally came out and the Defy’s Read More

  • The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic Guidebook…A Review

    Andy Wellman over at Greener Grass Publishing has been so awesome to hook me up with a pre-release copy of the new The Obed: A Climber’s Guide to the Wild and Scenic guidebook by Kelly Brown, and I was not disappointed! If you’ve not seen the other 2 guidebooks released by Greener Grass, Horse Pens 40 Bouldering or Stone Fort Bouldering, what pebble have you been hiding under? These guidebooks have set the precedence for future bouldering guides, and now, Andy is bringing this same vibrant, eye catching style to trad and sport climbing guides. The Obed Guidebook is designed around the plethora of incredible sandstone sport and trad routes found in this beautiful area of Tennessee, but also delivers Read More