A couple updates

Levitation

So far just one new problem in the last couple months: it’s a link-up from the start of the Ro-Fo Project, through The Jam, to The Guillotine, which itself is a direct finish of Welcome to Jamrock. Or just overlay the boulder with this and follow the red line.

Once the author's back from the future, he can explain it

In all seriousness though, the line looks really nice, and who says links ups are no good?

The Sykesville Monster V8:

Keeping tabs on the place, looks like there are still 3 4 lines waiting to be done

  • Ro-Fo project
  • Pearls Before Swine project
  • Eviction project
  • Fat Man SDS

The Acre

There’s been some cool stuff here too.

and other videos at Robin’s YouTube page.

Site Stuff

The video section of the site’s gonna go soon. Google will get you a lot more than what would probably be a forever-incomplete compilation here.

If you’ve got a local area that you’ve enjoyed and want to open up to other people, rough sketches and suggestions are plenty to get the word out.

Levitation Version 2!

Some serious work has gone into Levitation since the last guide went out: the three hardest problems are new, and a there’s a party-trick dyno that you’d expect  only at a comp.

Jamie Neilson working through some of the earlier moves on the Fat Man Project

Here are a few of the new problems:

Projects Sends on Levitation Proper

The Dyno

A New Jam Boulder Problem

If you end up climbing, or have climbed any problems at Levitation, drop your 2 cents on the grading page!  It should help get accurate grades established for the area.

Right now, there are 4 projects at Levitation:

  • Fat Man Project on the jam boulder
  • Ro-Fo project just right of the Fat Man
  • The newly listed Eviction Project on Upper Levitation
  • The easiest of all, The Pearls Before Swine project on Levitation Proper

If you tick any of them off, leave a comment with the grade and name; maybe even add a video link!

Click here for the download: Levitation Mini Guide Version 2

Levitation Grades

Here’s a shot at getting some consesus grading for local areas.  Hopefully, it will be a little more reliable and accurate than the typical word-of-mouth grades!

Levitation Mini Guide

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Mini Guide #1:  Levitation Rock

It’s north of 70 and just off of 32.  There aren’t a ton of lines, but the climbing is all top quality.  If you’re looking for recommendations, drop your pad under The Jam, Sparkly Spots, and/or Mulligan Flash.  Check out these videos from Jon Alexander and Robin Close for an idea of what to expect from the main boulder:

and…

Below: A climber on the Jam Boulder’s Fat Man Project

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Below: Upper Levitation in all its steepness

Problems pictured: Sparkly Spots and Snail Trail

ACCESS ISSUES:  You need to hike near the train tracks to get here, and rumor has it that CSX is cracking down on people who are caught on the tracks.  Avoid getting ticketed: Stay well off the tracks.  Also, College Road runs above the boulders; however, the neighbors don’t take kindly to people parking on their road and the only time we did it, we got towed.  In addition to all that, the boulders are within a few hundred feet of “the neighbors” and it’s not clear as to where the boulders are property wise, so it’s probably best to keep it down -unless of course, you’re on the send.

With all that said, parking at the public park and approaching as mentioned in the directions has not turned up any problems as long as you stay off the tracks and don’t get too rowdy at the boulders.  Happy climbing!

Here’s the link to the Levitation Mini Guide!

5/4/12 Update:  We have a wild, new line on Upper Levitation that will be going in the guide in the next week or so: Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow