magic woods

Stew finally climbing after a lot of rain!
The rain sets in

Camp life

Here are some boulder problems that have left a lasting impression on me:

Trieste-Gottard, sit (8a/+)  well where to begin… this thing is hands down one of the best boulders I have ever tried, it sits on the side of a mountain at about 2400m and is totally one of a kind! The line at first seems like it revolves around burly moves on slopers but for me the crux was a super tenuous rock over right at the end on a rubbish pinch and a pebble, after all the burl, and just as it starts to get pretty high! Watch Better Than Chocolate – the stand gets climbed and the end crux is filmed really well. Below are some pictures of the boulder… and the place… GO VISIT!

Steven giving it a brush.

Ma man, Steven Alexander demonstrating he is the unsung hero of next level compression roof climbing.. on a slab… Trieste-Gottard and the high chalky pinch is on the left aret.

On to Magic Woods, well there are a fair few problems that are as good as it gets but here are some that I got into:

Grit Delux (7a+/b) – I could talk about this but the next two images show it in all its glory….

Water-worn slabbymantlegoodtimes, also Chris’s flash.. one of the most impressive bits of climbing I have ever seen.

Supernova (7c) This feature is COOL, often very busy but for good reason. It’s polished and it climbs out of a hole before it drops of at the end… but it’s awesome!

My friend Steve managed this as his first 7c, it was pretty inspiring watching him work this thing and I could tell from early on that he had it in the bag!

The Riverbed (8b) this was a bit of a childhood dream and had been a secret focus of mine for a while. As the trip drew closer I became apprehensive, I had never tried this boulder before but had invested a lot of time in training for what I thought it would be like. I remember my friend Rob when I explained this to him saying something along the lines of ‘just get the job done’ so I decided I would.

To tell the truth I was ready to leave, it had been a good trip and I had managed to get some really cool climbs in. After four and a bit weeks since arriving I was feeling the strain of trying hard every day! But Magic Woods has taught me some pretty cool things and for those intrested here is a list…..

– jump in!  The water aint gunna get warmer!

– you just have to try really hard.

-7c is still a grade I have not mastered

-eating 3 Big Mac meals+drinks, a chicken share box, a mcflurry (extra sauce), a slice of Mc-Cheescake  and a brownie in one sitting will not aid recovery.

-everyone in magic is stronger than you….EVERYONE!

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  1. Thats an awesome post

    Let me know if you are interested in submitting an article for the weekly theme “A tryst with nature”
    Send me the link or the article with a short bio of yours to ver.akanksha@gmail.com before Thursday, Aug 16th

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