Good Signs and Updates for the 2017 GHSP Bouldering Season

21 Feb

Hello folks!

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Tyler Hoskinson on the FA of “Key To The Castle” (V8/9) in the Luminary Area, GHSP

I haven’t posted much since last writing about losing access to the AVP Boulders. It was a painful reminder of how fragile climbing access can be and how cognizant and proactive we as a community of climbers must be. Climbing at AVP is unfortunately still prohibited, but the State Park is home to thousands of spectacular boulder problems and many exciting developments are under way. Moving forward and into a new year and new season I am happy to say exciting things are on the horizon and Grayson Highlands State Park is as always, one of the most amazing places for bouldering -and climber access- for so many reasons. Below are a few updates and events that are already underway for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Grayson Highlands Bouldering & Stewardship Weekend is planned and set again for Memorial Weekend 2017. This is always an exciting event! Working on trails and stewardship initiatives and getting to hang out and climb with fantastic folks from near and far is such an awesome experience. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to the month of May, and plan for the event for this upcoming Memorial Weekend!

The expanded Second Edition of the Grayson Highlands Bouldering & Landscape Map is nearing completion. The first GHSP Boulderfield Map turned out well, but wasn’t inclusive of some features of the GHSP landform, and soon after it’s completion many new bouldering areas were explored and documented. Now, over a year after beginning to work on it, the Second Edition map is almost finished and its looking great!

Work toward the 2nd edition of the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook is likewise underway. This is a long process, but much of the documentation has already taken place. This year we will be compiling that information and starting the layout, photography, and design work. I have no date or estimation for release, but as we move forward I will absolutely post updates as they occur. At least five additional areas, and updates for existing classics and areas will be included!

For me personally, the most exciting current GHSP update has to be the new Contactdsc_0234Station Boulderfield sign posts. These are so cool! There are now sign posts all along the Haw Flats Trail, positioned in front of the Contact Station Boulders (Periscope, Ranger Rick, True Grit and others) which describe the boulders, give boulder problem descriptions (all with full color photos and topo overlays), and list informative geology and nature facts. I don’t know if there are any other bouldering destinations with signs like these but there can’t be many! Basically, all you need to experience some of GHSP’s bouldering is a pair of suitable shoes and the courage to give it a go. You can rent crash pads and a bag of chalk at the trail head and find out all the bouldering information you need as you visit each sign post.

There will probably be a few more wintry cold snaps and snowfall before the spring GHSP Season truly sets in, but the conditions have been very nice lately. The gates to the LRT and Picnic Areas are still closed but the Highlands, Contact, Crooked Road, and Boneyard Areas are always open and it wont be long until the upper gates reopen for the season. Keep an eye on the weather and lets get out there!

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2 Responses to “Good Signs and Updates for the 2017 GHSP Bouldering Season”

  1. Jeff March 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    This looks amazing. I wanted to say thank you for all that you are doing and continue to do for the community. I visited the park last year with the family for the first time and we are hoping to come again in a few weeks. Love the guidebook as well. Are you still planning on adding 2nd volume?

    • ajp1234 March 10, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

      Jeff,
      Sorry I didn’t get back to you yesterday, I was up in GHSP with a crew working on more new boulders! Thanks so much for the message, Grayson is such a special place and it is always awesome to hear from folks who enjoy the place as much as I do. I got your second message, and yes I absolutely will be working on the 2nd edition of the GHSP Bouldering Guidebook this year. I have continually kept track of all the new boulder problems, boulders, and new areas since the first edition was completed, so hopefully the next book will be completed even quicker! I should finish the new GHSP Boulderfield Map in the next month. Let me know how your Grayson Trip goes! Best of luck out there too!
      -Aaron

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