Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Climbing Club Trip to Coopers Rock State Park

"Back on October 31st, 2008, H.C.O.P.'s Climbing Club ventured to Cooper’s Rock, located in the hills of West Virginia, for an electrifying day of intense bouldering. Our escapade started that Wednesday morning at the Student Center, where we loaded our gear and got on the road by 8:00 am. It was a beautiful day to be on rock while the morning was chilly, but the sun shined all day. This was my, as well as a few others, first time on real rock; overall pretty intense. That is also the reason why we started the day off on some good beginner climbs. I am proud to say that most of us topped out on the variety of boulders in that area. There was a sweet overhung crack that Shay, Tim O., and Brian attempted to conquer but were unable to top out. Also in that area was an intense 20ft. problem that was on the backside of the boulder. As the day progressed, so did we. We traveled around the rocky hillside in search of more challenging boulders. I feel I can speak for everyone when I say that by the end of the day our hands were raw and our arms were too pumped to continue. The sun was getting close to setting when we decided it was time to call it a day. On the way out, Dan told us of a good pizza joint to grab a bite to eat, because after all, you can't have an awesome day of climbing without some good local pizza."

"The trip to coopers rock was amazing. When we got there the sun was coming up and the breeze was cool. The temps were perfect for sending some hard boulder problems. The hike was quick being mostly downhill to the first bouldering area. There were some really good warm up problems that got us in the mood for some sends. In this area I found my first nemesis of the day, a problem called "Always Dry Roof Crack". I worked it for a while, and when I was feeling most confident, I took a gnarly fall, and decided that was enough on that problem. We made our way to all the bouldering spots around us where I was able to top out most of them. There was one problem("The Coral") that I watched Tim Rice, Tim Osterfeld, and Dan Proudfoot attempt it was a V7 on Coral Boulder it was crimp city and huge moves, they didn’t send but it was awesome watching them try. Around the same area was the next boulder I plan to project in the future it was a V4 and I couldn’t even do the start. But next time I make it back to Coopers I plan on sending."

- Shay

Checkout these videos, to see what Coopers was all about!

ZackH. on "Moby Dick"

Tim R. on "The Anti-Elvis"

1 comment:

Kelly said...

Hey, is there a link to the OU Outdoor Pursuits Blogspot?