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man i love bouldering.
so far this season i've only gone a handful of times. i've done more sport stuff lately (until i ripped off the pad on my big toe)
where do you go, lcc? i've only been to one area there. mostly i go bouldering up in ogden with some friends up there. there are so many routes in the boulder fields there and they are all right near eachother.
if you are looking to get a pad, check out organic pads.
i have one, it is so well built, you get to design the pad yourself as far as colors/patterns go, and they have pouches on the straps to carry your shoes, bag, books, brush, etc... in. so convenient.
the owner is the guy you deal with, he is way awesome, and super stoked on getting you a rad pad.
have you ever seen king lines?
i rented it from the library again this weekend. such a cool movie.
i love the crazy place they go in venezula where they have to hop from rock to rock to get around.
so beautiful there.
my buddy saw "up" this weekend and told me the same thing.
i'm not suprised, that was a pretty amazing place they were climbing.
new pads are about $150 and up. there is a good deal on a bd pad on this link.
i got my pad from organic, and have nothing to say but great things. super cushy foam, comfy to carry, love the pocket for shoes/chalk/book on it. they are a bit more, but not much, and they are a small company that handmakes their stuff using 100% organic material and renewable energy.
pads aren't like ropes where if you get a secondhand one they are not as trustworthy though, so check craigslist/ksl. IME next to REI on 33rd has a consingment room, you could call and see if they have any pads, or go to an rei yard sale or whatever they call those black diamond gear swap events.
take a day trip up to ogden also.
there are TONS of v0, v1, v2's there that aren't sandbagged like lcc. all within walking distance of eachother.
howabout this for a day trip. get up in the am, head out to boulder until it gets too hot, then hit up the jibyard. two great reasons to go to ogden in one trip.
there is a traverse line at mt olympus ive seen but never tried, and there is supposed to be some more up in there too a bit of the way in. again, i've never been but i've been told it's there somewhere. the traverse line is on the wall you can see from the road as you drive by the trailhead.
i've got this book, which is pretty awesome
i'm sure the library has it, if not you can go to rei and get it too. i used my some of my dividend on it.
there is also a route outside of a bar named andy's on 500 e and 300 s. it isn't so much a boulder as a tree, but it is about a v0, only 4 or 5 moves, but tough when you are in the andy's state of mind. plus there's a heel hook. it's called "knot easy" and it is a good example of what happens when you go to the bar after climbing and are still pumped up but now drunk.
i had a lot of fun there. you should def. check that out if you haven't. one tip, in the guidebook it says park by the white pine sign. be sure you park by the second sign, not the first.
you can see the boulder from the road if you are in the right place. otherwise you end up trapsing around lcc for 30 fucking minutes trying to find it because your friend "swears i saw it right over there"