Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Bouldering Projects for 2012

If you've been following along then you know that 2011 brought the ascent of two spectacular boulder problems that were previously unclimbed. The first is Learning to Fly V8/9 in the Upper Highlands on Elk Ridge. This problem has been known about for close to 15 years but noone with sufficient strength to complete it had made the hike and put in the time to successfully climb it. 
Learning To Fly climbs the overhanging face along the thick shadow.

The second problem, The New Dawn Project, was completed less than a month ago from a stand start and awaits a

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Dawn Project Sees Send (stand start)

Update: 12/30/11 Brian has provided a guide for those interested in trying this problem - HERE
I'm happy to report on a recent send (bouldering) in Harpers Ferry. Brian Spiering is reporting that on November 26, 2011 he was able to make a stand start ascent of the New Dawn Project. You can view a video of Brian sending the problem at .

"New Dawn" Project of Harpers Ferry from Thrice on Vimeo.

Judging from the video, it looks like Brian had some good sending temps. What isn't apparent is whether Brian had the proper permits for those guns (cheese factor)! At Brian's suggested grade of V8, this problem sits in the #2 seat for difficult problems (sent) at Harpers Ferry (See Here for info on #1). You can see a topo photo and read Brian's initial account below,