Hello everyone. I hope you all are healthy and feeling fit. It was a productive late winter/early spring season for first ascents on the Tahoe Stone as new boulders are still constantly being discovered.
It has been fun lately running around to old zones repeating the classics. We have been finding undone problems to add to the circuits on old blocks and entirely new boulders to clean up as well. Sometimes we find substantial sit starts to add to problems or link ups of a couple existing lines but some of the new additions were striking undone problems sitting just next to the old ones.
My buddy Roman Yalowitz has been a strong force in this first ascent game since moving to Tahoe, and it has been great training for me to try and keep up with him.
Roman is motivated to sniff out the granite, has a great eye for seeing the lines and is also quite good at getting on top of the blocks. This blog will take you through our recent escapades on the Tahoe Stone as of late.
Let us rewind back to February, South Lake Tahoe, Echo Summit, at the Lake Audrain Boulders. We had gone out that day wanting to repeat some classics of the area and get a better feel for what was there. We started out warming up on a new boulder Clay Josephy had cleaned up right before we arrived. There were a couple warm up problems on the block perfect for starting the day. Right around the corner Roman found another block to clean up. It was the perfect problem for the next level warm up and he named it "The Arborist" v4 due to the branches he moved out of the way topping out. I enjoyed a repeat of the line and we headed over to the existing main circuit. We ran around and did some of the super fun classics real fast. Lake Audrain has a nice circuit with a lot of premium rock quality and great movement. The approach is a mere five to ten minutes and the venue is beautiful. We started seeing some undone sit starts, link ups and new lines in between the old ones. My favorites were the sit starts we added to "Big Sloper" v6, "Flake Audrain" v7, "Log Jam" v6 and the link up "Baby Bunyan" v5. It was super fun opening up these new additions that day, I hope folks will go repeat these gems and enjoy. All beta will be in the second edition of the guide.