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kystyle 08-30-2010 11:54 AM

Rock Climbing
 
Anybody out there rock climb? I live near the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and have been rock climbing for many years. Some of the most fun I have had is deep water soloing between wakeboarding sets on Laurel Lake and Summersville Lake in WV. Anybody else into this?

Anybody happen to do any deep water soloing at Lake Powell? Seems that you would be able to climb splitters straight outta the water out there!

mattgettel 08-30-2010 12:04 PM

the posse i ride with also climbs at the gorge quite a lot. we have a place at rough river and there is a nice prob 40 footer we plan on soloing this weekend.

mattgettel 08-30-2010 12:05 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXW5u0qFDr8
^ my favorite deep water solo climber

kystyle 08-30-2010 12:37 PM

Yea, Chris is a strong dude.

Is there much soloing opportunity at Rough River?

goinbigg17 08-30-2010 12:46 PM

Rock climbing has become my new addiction over the past 3 years. I can't get enough of it, just wish I could get out more. A couple of us at work have made an annual trip to Smith Rocks the past few years, that place is amazing, the scenery and amount of rock can not be beat.

mattgettel 08-30-2010 12:55 PM

there really isnt much opportunity at rough. There is one nice wall where people jump off that you could make prob 5 or 6 separate routes out of. I have heard that there are some other crags on the south end of the lake but our place is on the north side. i haven't spent but maybe 1 day at the south end.

kystyle 08-30-2010 1:24 PM

Matt, I might have to make the journey over to Rough sometime. I've always wanted to check it out primarily for wakeboarding. If you ever make it to Laurel Lake the area between Grove and Holly Bay Marina has tons of DWS potential. Bomber stone between 30'-40' tall.

Nick, climbing is definitely super addicting. It is all I did for a number of years. I've never been to Smith, but have some friends who have been. Looks great. Quite a bit different climbing style than my home area, the Red River Gorge. If you get a chance, scout out some deep water soloing areas at your local lakes. Incredibly fun, pure climbing.

westsiderippa 08-30-2010 11:57 PM

nice find matt, SC in the house right there!!!!! sharma is on another planet when it comes to his way of life. just amazing to watch. a solid dude and an incredible climber. that dyno he made at the end of that vid is so sikkkk!!!!

goinbigg17 08-31-2010 9:50 AM

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Originally Posted by kystyle (Post 1628302)
Nick, climbing is definitely super addicting. It is all I did for a number of years. I've never been to Smith, but have some friends who have been. Looks great. Quite a bit different climbing style than my home area, the Red River Gorge. If you get a chance, scout out some deep water soloing areas at your local lakes. Incredibly fun, pure climbing.

I have a few areas I'd like to try. We have property on the other side of the state where I do most my riding and there is some great looking granite around there. I just haven't taken my shoes yet to give any of it a shot.

kystyle 08-31-2010 10:14 AM

Sounds cool man. Climbing granite out of the water would be unreal! Chuck the shoes man. You'd be surprised how hard you can climb without them. Plus it makes your feet stronger. I used to use rock shoes, but they get pretty crusty and even more uncomfortable than climbing shoes typically are when they stay wet all the time. Sometimes if there is a bold line with hard moves I'll throw them on to try it.

Still curious to see if there is anyone out west who has tried climbing any of the beautiful cracks shooting out of lakes like Powell. Maybe the pictures don't tell the whole story and they are crazy hard or something?

kylek306 08-31-2010 7:24 PM

Granite straight out of the water would be awesome! Never done anything too serious while out riding but a few little problems throughout some lakes in Arkansas is all I've done. Tried some shoes a few times but i prefer bare feet in that situation actually

lfrider139 09-01-2010 8:06 AM

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Originally Posted by mattgettel (Post 1628257)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXW5u0qFDr8
^ my favorite deep water solo climber

Matt, that edit was awesome

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jtnz 09-01-2010 5:54 PM

Looks like some good fun to be had. I like climbing but I don't get the chance to do it often. Might have a look at some rock guts this summer, have a dive to check it out and scout some deep water spots to have a go at.


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