Laytah Boston

Since graduating from university at the end of April, the past 5 months have just flown by. My summer started by moving from Squamish to Boston, where I immediately began work with Vertical Solutions to help with the finishing stages of  gym construction for the new climbing gym in Boston called Brooklyn Boulders Somerville. After a little over a month of grueling work drilling holes, t-nutting, and installing anchors, the gym was finally at a stage where we could begin route setting. I have huge amounts of respect for everyone involved in the construction process. These were some of the hardest working people I have ever met. I was extremely impressed seeing first hand the amount of skill, and attention to detail that the people at Vertical Solutions puts into every square inch of their gyms.

My First day at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville at the end of April.

My First day at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville at the end of April.

Grand opening.

Grand opening

Setting a 40,000 square foot facility from scratch was challenging to say the least. However, after several long weeks the gym was finally ready to be opened. The gym is still not 100 percent finished. There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out here and there but I have to say that this is the most aesthetically pleasing climbing gym I have ever seen (in my biased opinion).

Main bouldering wall.

Main bouldering wall

Since the grand opening, things at the gym are starting to settle into a slightly more normal flow (at least from a route setting perspective). Watching the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville grow from a construction site to a fully operational climbing gym was an extremely rewarding process and I’m proud to say that I was a part of this incredible project. I am also incredibly grateful to have had such amazing co-workers throughout the entire processes.

After helping the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville get off their feet, it is sadly time for me to move on and start a new chapter. I’m definitely going to miss that Boston flavah and those wicked awesome accents.

This is the first fall that I have not had to be in school. It certainly feels weird not having projects and assignment to worry about.

Now that I am free, so to speak, I am embarking on a climbing trip to sample some of the best climbing that North America has to offer. This is the first time in my life that I have the opportunity to commit fully to climbing and I am excited for what the future has in store.

After about 15 hours of driving I am at my first stop: The Red River Gorge, Kentucky. Since arriving here last Tuesday, everyone here has been dealing with some pretty rough conditions. It has mostly been overcast and in the mid to low forties and raining. We even got a little bit of snow one night. Most things are still climbable but numb fingers are always an unwanted added challenge.

The first day in The Red. The last sunny day in The Red.

The first day in The Red. The last sunny day in The Red.

I had intended on spending the first week just onsighting and trying to build that Red River Gorge fitness. However, the cold weather has made me more interested in trying some shorter, harder climbs.

Thanatopsis, a short, crimpy, and powerful 14a fit the bill perfectly for an intro project for my time here in The Red. However, after punting off at the last bolt, it remains a project for me. With thrashed forearms, shredded tips, and more rain, a mandatory rest day is in order.

5.14 jug rash????

5.14 jug rash????

Hopefully with some fresh skin and dryer weather I can put that climb to rest. Next on the list once I slay Thanatopsis: Pure Imagination. Say tuned for more. Laytah.


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