Our area features some pretty amazing climbing.
But don’t just think big walls. Think massive boulders.
Pablo Zuleta of Kirkland has been working with other climbers and photographers to create a new guidebook to bouldering in Western Washington, including around Gold Bar and Index. He started a Kickstarter this morning to fund the production of the book and he’s already more than a third of the way to his goal. Follow the link to learn more about the book and check out the video.
Bouldering, for those who don’t know, involves climbing a short, usually intense distance. Climbers aren’t climbing high enough to use a rope. Instead they use crash pads to catch them if they fall. Boulderers call their routes “problems.”
I think bouldering is entrancing. The video linked above gives you an idea of what it’s all about. Don’t miss the shot at 1:30. I think that alone would convince me to get outside and try bouldering on real stone.
In addition to the guidebooks, Zuleta has also been working on a film, which will be released in May. I can’t wait to see it.