Thursday, July 23, 2009
The latest new offering from Wolverine Publishing is a superb guide to the climbing in Boulder Canyon. Bob D'Antonio asked me to assist by writing the bouldering section which has been included in the book. After receiving a copy earlier this week, I reviewed it very closely and have to say it is the definitive work on the subject. For reasons of space, a few areas have been passed over and there is a lack of FA info, which is a common trend in guidebooks these days. These minor points aside, I am very pleased to have helped with a guidebook that has turned out so well. The accuracy of the information and quality of presentation along with a generous helping of high-quality action photos and personal essays make this book a must-buy for local climbers and visitors alike. If it were possible to do such a thing, I would propose that the NSFS land on which most of the climbing is found be designated a Climbing Reserve with more done to facilitate access and maintenance of trails, etc. With the sport route explosion of the last 10 years, Boulder Canyon has become one of the most desirable locations in all of Colorado, one that I would recommend highly to visiting climbers who want hassle-free easy access routes across the spectrum of grades and styles. For sample pages and ordering info go to Wolverine's website. The book is out August 4 but early orders receive a five dollar discount. I am confident this will sell really well.
The other big news is the opening on Saturday of Movement Climbing + Fitness. This is a big deal for local climbers as it expands the indoor options for Boulder considerably. The space looks great as I hope the photos below clearly show. They were putting the final touches on the floors and other last-minute details so it looks to be on schedule. The opening day on Saturday should be the place to be so check it out. A couple of weeks ago Mike Moelter and Justen Sjong took me on a tour and the attention to detail as well as the open, well-lit atmosphere were clearly apparent.