Monday, June 3, 2013

Mother's Day Mini-Vacation, No. 21 - I finally get to see a place where the guys have camped and bouldered, other than on Google Maps as the result of a SPOT Locator check-in e-mail


Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs over a padded mat called a crash pad or bouldering mat so that a fall will not result in serious injury. It is typically practiced on large natural boulders or artificial boulders in gyms and outdoor urban areas. However, it may also be practiced at the base of larger rock faces. Someone who engages in bouldering is called a boulderer.

Lamont walked up to the boulders, looking here and there. The whitish, light gray streaks here and there are chalk folks use to help them grip the boulders as they attempt to climb to the top. Believe it or not, we're only a short distance along a deeply rutted, dusty dirt road from the nearby Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway, well away from the snowy area of course.

Leland explained that they camped on the springy ground in the clearing in front of the line of boulders. There's Engine, waiting patiently for us to return so that we can continue to explore the area across the highway, near Widgi Golf Course.



More chalk streaks point out the paths to the top for many who love to boulder.

The guys have been here at least once, maybe more. I can't remember.


Virginia said...

I can't understand how on earth people rock climb. Too scary for me.

Randy said...

Looks like a wonderful campsite.

Mo said...

What a stunning park

Jim Klenke said...

Did you attempt to climb the rock? Are you a boulderer?