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Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The

posted Nov 28, 2018, 7:14 AM by Site Admin   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 7:24 AM ]
TL;DR - Video of Seb crushing 2 hard lines in the rain at the bottom.

The lake boulders in Grover were the first area developed by Ghislain et al. early in the golden ear of Nova Scotia Bouldering. The original trail walked around the north shore of Quarry Lake and then bushwhacked dense brush down a 50-meter cliff.  It's amazing how the order of development is seemingly bizarre now that we have GPS, and manicured trails. They walked 5 km through harsh bush past all the boulders in Grover to these very obscure remote boulders. I assume the early explorers saw these massive boulders from Terrence Bay Road across the water and set out overland to find them.

To truly appreciate how impressive these early developers were, I recommend you hike out to the lake boulders using only the original "map" provided in the Terrence bay bouldering guide (photoshopped onto the corresponding satellite image):  

Can you spot the lake boulders on this satellite image?
The first line developed was Vice Grip V8 (FA Ghislain Losier 2001). Like all Losier single move V8's, unless you have Zig's exact skill set, you'll want to be flashing V10 before trying this rig. This line is an impressive feat of strength. The usual beta: grip as hard as you can, close your eyes, and think of England.  

Supposedly a photo of Dave Kirby on the start holds of Alien Workshop. Smartphones weren't a thing.

Another year would go by before young Ben Blakney would put down the hardest and best line Alien Workshop V9 (FA Ben Blakney 2002). Truly an impressive bloc. Tonnes of intricate beta, comfortable large holds, and powerful back and shoulder climbing. Aka Ben Blakney's wheelshouse. 

17 years later it's a different world.  Drones, Satellites, GPS, and online guidebooks have replaced hand-drawn trail maps. Clean boulders, manicured trails, and giant pads make access easy. If you're feeling up to it, head out to the Lake Boulders and test yourself against Nova Scotia bouldering history. The Boulders await in silent anticipation of a new lover's arrival.

https://youtu.be/IcKZwY4fStQ
Sebastien Pacey-Smith sending Vice Grip V8

https://youtu.be/SIpZuUklPmA
Sebastien Pacey-Smith on the crux of Alien Workshop V9

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