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Vertical Life "Eight Weeks Without Darkness" Monday, 7 April 2014 At 7:35:40 PM Olbert
I was reading the article "Eight Weeks Without Darkness" from the last issue of Vertical Life and read this part:

>Thanks to information from Adam Ondra we finally found it in Gjerdalen the Magic >Valley. And it is truly magic; no trees, rivers and lakes everywhere, steep and >spectacular mountains and a million boulders. The only problem was that the sole >existing developed sector was covered by a new layer of freshly fallen rock.
>Most climbers would now turn around.

I put the emphasis on the last line because it is such an anathema to me. If you are a climber experienced enough to travel halfway round the world to go climbing, then how could you possibly consider going home because the one small area of established problems were inaccessible. Seriously? You don't want to have a go on any of the plethora of non-ascented classics? It's not like it takes time and money to bolt things, it's not like it takes giant balls to ground up trad lead, you are bouldering! Bouldering! Jeeeeezus.

Do people really only go to boulder for problems somebody else has scrubs for them, and put a name and a grade on it? Is it just so they can add to your score on 8a?


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