Summer Vibes

In the depths of winter (it's snowing outside as I write this), these images of warm summer splendor bouldering are offered up by Mike Stam of Boone. Mike, and many of his close friends like Joey Henson, have logged a lot of time exploring and developing the wild bouldering along the Linville River in the Gorge. I went down there once this summer, and it's adventure bouldering at its finest: A 2-mile approach in (at least), healthy amounts of bushwacking, and snakes. But you also get these great boulders to yourself in one of the most amazing settings anywhere on the East coast. Enough said--Mike, if you have anything to add, leave a comment below and I'll add it into the post. Thanks for the pics!

BTW, if you haven't seen the related article in the online mag Dead Point, check it out. It's all about Bouldering in the Gorge and Mike's work developing the area (go to page 24). Plus, it's just plain crazy to read a magazine online like this. You actually have to turn the page on the cover:


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