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Seal Cove Bouldering, Newfoundland

January 6th, 2010 pulldown No comments

I received this article from Shawn White earlier this year but with such nice weather through Summer and Fall it just didn”t seem appropriate.  Now with snow everywhere…

Seal Cove consists of a cluster of outcrops on an elevated bog located just outside Stephenville, Newfoundland.  Whiles it’s only about 3km from the popular bouldering area of Gull Pond, it remained concealed, bordered in thick brush and hills.  It wasn’t until late fall 2008 when Mike hiked a newly completed portion of the International Appalachian Trail that it was discovered.  In February 2009 Mike returned to hike the trail with Shawn to show what he had come across – big, overhanging, highly featured quality granite.
In late march the weather began to cooperate and the pair returned bearing pads and brushes.  The area maquinas de slots has seen roughly twenty problems go up with many more problems and projects still to go.  The only downside to the area, the boys joke, is the twenty five minute hike into it.  Most climbing areas in Western Newfoundland are accessed in five minutes from the car.  But as the weather keeps improving, so should the hike, so stay tuned for future developments!

For more information on this area or others around Newfoundland, feel free and email Shawn at shawnewhite@hotmail.com

Seal Cove wall

Mike working the project

First time for everything:

January 28th, 2009 Rockmaster No comments

Rockmaster climbing below the Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Rockmaster climbing below the Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Well it’s happening, www.bouldering.ca is up and I’m excited to see where it is going to go. A couple months ago I went on a climbing trip to Newfoundland with Todd Foster and he tossed an idea out, asking if I wanted to be a contributor to bouldering.ca. I laughed at the idea for a couple of reasons. English is definitely not my strong point… Do I have something to say that the climbing community in Nova Scotia and across the country would want to read and/or enjoy? Do I even have a writing style; serious, comedic, informative, who knows, I’ve never done anything like this before. But I do know that I have a true passion for climbing and I hope in time as bouldering.ca grows I will be able to convey that through my contributions.

I’ve been climbing for almost ten years, over roulette online this time I have done a bit of traveling; Hueco Tanks Texas, Bishop California, and Acadia National Park Maine, to name a few. I’ve been through the classic ups and downs of climbing. The time off because of injuries or when life is just too crazy hectic. But I keep coming back. And I sometimes ask myself why… Am I a glutton for pain and punishment?? Possibly… Are my feet so ugly that I feel the need to punish them by squeezing into shoes that are two sizes too small?? Not likely… Maybe it’s knowing that if you fail it is your fault. Not your team mate who didn’t make that pass, or score that goal. Or is it the satisfaction derived from knowing YOU just accomplished something, something that challenged you in a way that nothing in your “normal” routine of life every will. Maybe it’s the camaraderie found in our weird and twisted social group we call the climbing community. For what ever reason I find over time if I don’t get some sort of climbing at the gym or out side I act like a heroine addict looking for a fix. Irritable, nervous ticks, waking up in a cold sweat wishing I was on the last move of some problem.

LOC Trail Maintenance

December 24th, 2008 pulldown No comments

Most trails in the Land Of Confusion are a lot like those magic eye posters – it doesn’t look like there’s anything there until someone points it out to you (and even then it can be hard to find). Climb Nova Scotia has been interested in improving access to the LOC for a while, so after an exploratory mission last weekend, Todd and I returned with some lumber yesterday. The plan is to build walkways along some of the wetter bits and cut back the brush that grows over and obscures the trails. Hopefully better paths will mean less bushwhacking and fewer lost climbers in the surrounding sensitive wetlands.

Mick Levin
CNS President
climbnovascotia.ca

Photo of the Week – Rose Blanche

December 12th, 2008 pulldown No comments

This is a photo taken during or road trip to Rose Blanche, NFLD in August of 2008. This super clean granite offer seemingly endless bouldering just 40 Minutes from the Port-Aux-Basque ferry.

Ben Smith bouldering in Rose Blanche, NFLD

Ben Smith bouldering in Rose Blanche, NFLD

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