I had a great bouldering session yesterday with Dane and Anie. The new boulders are really, really nice but before I share the new discovery with you, I need to publish those I already climbed three weeks ago. So, today we have three extremely easy stones (The Beginning, Black Hole, and The End) and those I have named Missions Impossible – completely blank boulders (Mission Impossible 1 and Mission Impossible 2). We can make a deal: if somebody makes to the top of either of MS (Missions Impossible) – beer on me :). Jiayou!
Besides, I have found two quite nice boulders just near Sanlitun. Sound like the best place to meet and do something together. Anyone in?
Black Hole (fot. na-skos.com)
The End (fot. na-skos.com)
Mission Impossible 1 (fot. na-skos.com)
And just for the end one picture from the yesterday.
Finally I took some time off work and went for climbing. Three days ago, after 34 hours in a train I arrived in Getu. I took a risk and decided to come alone. I was hoping to find some strong climbers motivated to try hard multipitches in Great Arch. In my worst dreams I ended up on some easy crags and just enjoyed being outside.
But it seems I am not the lucky one. After one and half day of climbing with nice people from Taiwan and the couple from USA I ended up completely alone. Yesterday I went to the cave village ZhongDong (It was awesome) but there is not too much to do here today. I’m going to wait another 2 hours and if nobody show up I will just move to the bouldering area near Dali in Yunnan. Keep your fingers crossed.
The good thing is, I have some spare time, so I can work a bit on BeijingBoulders.com. I published 4 new problems today (Temida, Crossroad Theatre, Little Friend, Flowers for Mao). In my opinion – all nice. Two are the first roof boulders in Beijing I have found, Flowers for Mao is not really a stone but more like a monument. Temida have very challenged access. Enjoy!
Crossroad Theatre (fot. na-skos.com)
Little Friend (fot. na-skos.com)
Flowes for Mao (fot. na-skos.com)
Temida (fot. na-skos.com)
I feel a stress. Yesterday I have published the BeijingBoulders.com. Website is still not perfect but let’s do everything step by step. Right now we have group on a Facebook and soon also on a Weibo. For the first 48 hours website had almost 1320 visitors. Just five minutes ago I also advertised it on my blog (http://olaprzybysz.wspinanie.pl/blog/). Takako is working on a movie. I really, really hope that you like it.
Best to all of you,
It will be the story about how and when the BBproject starts.
The whole idea emerged somehow naturally at the very first moment when I arrived in Beijing. The reasons behind my first ascents may be tracked down to the fact that at that time in order to get to the nearest climbing gym, I had to take three different buses slowly rolling for over three hours on crowded Beijing streets. That’s however not the main reason. It would be hard to believe, that a
4-meter boulder I was passing by every day on my way to the university is only a static element of the landscape. So that’s why, exactly on that university campus, there stands a father of all Beijing boulders.
Padre is a big over 3-meter heigh stone of a beautiful color. I’m sure that the idea of climbing the stone would spontaneously pop out in a head of any climber, and the only obstacle is its location. It’s
placed at a gate in front of a big fancy hotel off a very busy street. Right at the gate there is seriously-looking, uniformed guy, 24/7 on guard. I had some reservations, so it took me four months of “looking
and touching” before I decided to come over with climbing shoes and a chalk bag. The first attempt was made on December 6, 2007 right after the sunset. This night is the official date when the BeijingBoulders project started and also the date of the first ascent of the Padre boulder.
What has happened afterwards is not a story of a great development and outstanding results that we can see in the TV news here in China every day. The idea was constantly evolving in my head, but I was always not confident enough to push it forward. I was looking for a support among local climbers, but in the following moths I was only able to find someone to climb with once. Is that what is cool and exciting for me, stupid and dull for other people? Thoughts like those were running through my had at that time. So I was cruising around Beijing, marking boulders on a map, but I wasn’t really climbing them. I decided to start this website on the 2012 New Year’s Eve. I have put the BB
project on my agenda for this year and what’s there, simply has to be done.
For the time being there is 14 described boulders. On my map I have ten more and they will be described here soon. In my head there is over twenty more of them. In Beijing several hundred. Some of them are very hard to reach, like that in front of the People’s Court, but getting to such places is just a part of the game. The game you’re invited to join!