Hollowtop Valley

I made it up to the valley that I spotted from Hollowtop Mtn last week.  For lack of a better name, I’m calling it Hollowtop Valley.  The weather’s looking a little sketchy for this weekend so I decided to take a pad and make it a long day trip instead of risking an overnighter this weekend..  It was a perfect day, sunny, but chilly all day.  Although I didn’t scout everything, most of the stuff that I saw last week from Hollowtop Mtn. was too small for bouldering.  But, there was tons of stuff in the trees surrounding the 3 highest lakes that looked good.  Definitely tons of potential.  I think this would be a great place to head up once or twice a year for a weekend.  If nothing else, it’s and absolutely gorgeous area.  Here’s the pics:

Hollowtop Valley, you could do worse for places to spend a day bouldering…

Cliffs along the North side of Hollowtop Valley

The best crack boulder problem I’ve tried anywhere.  About 10-12ft tall and 30 degrees overhanging with a few well placed finger locks.  I found it as I was hiking out, cleaned it as fast as I could and tried it for a bit to no avail.  I have no idea on ratings for cracks like this, but it felt comparable to a V5.  It would probably feel a lot easier for better crack climbers.  Just like all harder finger cracks (from what I’ve heard) it’s probalby going to end up being 50% strength/ability and 50% pain tolerance.  I can’t wait to get back on it, but it may have to wait until next year.  I don’t know if I’d have time to get back up until October and it may be snowed in by then.  We’ll see…

Another view of “the Punisher Project” after I cleaned it.

A cool tree I saw on the way out.

Hopefully y’all can get out this weekend between the potentially crappy weather.

-EC

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One response to “Hollowtop Valley

  1. Great pics–keep on keepin’ on, sir!

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