• Upstate SC Bouldering Guide

    Here it finally is…The Beasley Gap Bouldering Guide.
    Hopefully there aren’t any problems with opening the .pdf file. This guide is intended to be printed in a booklet format in landscape view on the front and back of the page…this way it takes 6 total pieces of paper to print the entire guide and then it is folded down the middle to make it into an easy to use and carry booklet. Many of these problems have only seen 1 send and may or may not have very accurate grades. If you feel that a grade in this guide is off or you send a problem that is not listed in the guide, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail about it and I’ll make an update to the guide. Enjoy some great Jocassee Gorges Bouldering!

    Brad Caldwell

    Brad grew up and now lives in the foothills of Pickens, SC and spends much of his time exploring and enjoying the outdoors nearby. He has been climbing and bouldering for 20+ years, and still gets the same great feeling everytime he touches rock. Brad has been focusing much of his efforts on the Jocassee Gorges area in northern Pickens and Oconee counties, and finding, cleaning and sending new boulder problems, and has recently released a guidebook to this area. He has been teaching Anatomy and Physiology at Greenville Technical College, in Greenville, South Carolina, for over 10 years and enjoys seeing his students succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families. He is married with a one year old daughter and has 2 dogs that they love to share their life and home with! Brad also runs Upstate Bouldering (www.upstatebouldering.blogspot.com) which focuses on bouldering, access and events around the upstate of South Carolina, western North Carolina and northeast Georgia.

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Discussion 5 Responses

  1. March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Sorry for the repeat of George’s video…I didnt see his post before I made this post. 

  2. March 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Nice guide Brad! The Beasley Gap boulder looks fun.

  3. March 3, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Brad, the topo looks good! Those Beast boulders look pretty cool and tall. How far are the boulders from Asheville?

  4. March 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

    The Beast boulders range from 10-25 feet and have some BOLD, HARD lines waiting for those that feel comfortable with a lot of air under them while they climb V8 or so:) These boulders are about 30 minutes or so south of Rosman on hwy 178…so in the long run about 1 1/2 hours from Ashvegas.  For folks that live closer to Brevard, these boulders would make a great spot to session when the boulders in Pisgah get a little too cold or snowed over.  For those living in the Clemson area, these boulders are only 30 minutes away and much easier to hit on a weekend than trying to get up and drive almost 2 hours to get to the Bald to fight the hordes for your favorite route.  For boulderers in Greenville, these boulders are about 45 minutes or so and provide a great alternative to the crowded weekends at the Bald also.  Here is some more beta for the area that many folks may be curious about…

    I advise adding something else in the area to Beasley Gap to make a SUPER full day of outoor recreation.  Once you’ve spent yourself halfway through the Beasley Gap Circuit and realize that your tips cant take anymore, there’s nothing like experiencing the Gorges by taking an awesome mountain bike ride, a whitewater kayak run, a long hike on one of the many beautiful trails or just set a hammock beside a nearby waterfall and relax the rest of the day away.  The Jocassee Gorges are similar to Pisgah but much less travelled and a bit more wild…perfect for the adventurous soul looking to get away from the crowds.  If anyone is looking to visit the area and soak up all that it has to offer, camping and good grub is located nearby too.  There are plenty of nearby State Parks that offer camping with facilities (Table Rock, Keowee-Toxaway, Jones Gap, & Devils Fork) or you can camp in the Jocassee Gorges for free.  My favorite spot for lunch is the Market at Keowee Towne…great food and you can buy your own beer in the store and drink it there!!!  Scatterbrains (Bob’s Place bar), which is only a mile from Beasley Gap, offers beverages to wet your whistle also…and if you want to keep it as local as possibly, Holly Springs Grocery/Gas Station, at the junction of hwy 11 and hwy 178, has some good biscuits and one of the best cheeseburgers around.  Hopefully this beta will be useful for anyone visiting the area and maybe entice someone to skip the frenzy of the crowded crags and head for the boulders less travelled!  If anyone needs specifics about bike rides, whitewater runs, hiking trails, or anything else about the area, please feel free to contact me. 

  5. March 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Brad, thanks for all the killer beta! Hopefully it’ll entice some nearby climbers to go down and check ‘em out, and maybe get scared on the Beasts.

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