Monday, September 14, 2009
A cool new boulder problem
Yesterday on the spur of the moment, a small crew of mostly wounded boulderers went up to Three Sisters in Evergreen with me to try a project on a big south-facing overhang called the Wisdom Wall. According to the Mountain Project page about the area, this project has not been climbed yet. I'm not sure if that's the case because you have to be very careful around this region as hard climbing is nothing new. Guys like Rufus Miller have been ticking hard boulder problems around Evergreen for over two decades and keeping a fairly low profile while they were at it. If in fact the line had not been climbed, I would propose the name Rock Cheetah which is more of a state of mind than an actual type of cat. The line is tall and committing, and the crux move leaves you with only two options once you're committed: stick it or fall hard. On the photo above, Rock Cheetah is the righter of the two projects listed.
I thought the problem was awesome, though aesthetically it is not the greatest. For one, it's on a cliff band - not a boulder. For two, the starting hold is a little hollow-sounding. Other than that though it's really a special problem and I was psyched to come up with the goods yesterday. I also made a quick ascent of Undercover Brother, a nice V9 that links into a highball finish up the classic Wisdom problem. This area would be a great hang in the late fall as it gets a full southern exposure. I'll probably climb there some more this Fall.
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