Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Tee Harbor boulders...

You need to get there, and soon. Quick approach, incredible scenery and some of the best problems in Juneau. For real. This place is brand-spankin'-new, so there are all sorts of things to be found and done. To get there, you drive out just beyond the turn-off for Tee-Harbor and past the fire station on the right. On the left, just at the end of a guard rail, you will park at the first pull off. Remember your manners, the parking on this side of the road is for people who have houses (with the most incredible views of the Chilkats) down on the beach below. Don't block their steps and don't take up their whole parking area... you should be able to squeeze in just beyond the guard rail. Now, take a look up the hill across the street - yep, those are the boulders! A couple of minutes after parking, you'll be climbing. The main boulder you see at the top of the hill is the Room With A View boulder. It has several problems on it - a lot of them are featured on the video - the first arete you come up to is Triceradactyl Vjuggy, the left hand face of that is Beached Whale V0, Room With A View V3 is pretty obvious and the arete on the far side of the overhanging face is Pteroceratops V1. The walk off is down the top of Pteroceratops.

The RWAV boulder is the most obvious bloc, for sure, but explore a bit and you will find the Quartz Boulder, the All Your Waters Boulder and some others that no one has climbed anything on yet. Bring a brush and have at it! If you don't see chalk on it, it probably has never been tried. Let me know if you find anything good!

The highlights (in my opinion) are certainly Chill Cats and All Your Waters on the AYW boulder and Room With A View. These three problems alone are worth the drive. This is a shot of myself on All Your Waters V7. Still have yet to get have to pull awfully hard on an awfully tiny crimp.

And this is Jessie MF Palomino on the FA. Props, for sure on this one.

Here is a clip I put together of some of the easier Tee Harbor problems. It was really just a ploy to get everyone to check out the Passion Pit...

Tee Harbor Bouldering from Brandon Howard on Vimeo.

If you don't feel like being in the woods, walk down to the beach and check out this rock...

And because I've been slacking lately, here is a closing picture from the Projects... where's that you say? Next time on Juneau Climbing.

1 comment:

  1. I have some more pictures of jesse if you want them, just say the word