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Summer Circuit - Gros Poisson and Jungle

posted Jul 6, 2020, 1:58 PM by admin   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 3:07 PM ]
Bugs have died down and Gros Poisson and Jungle are open for business. These giant boulders are a paradise for V0 - V4 circuiting.


Great climbing on good holds in the V0 - V2 range, followed by some enjoyable scrunch fests in the moderate V4 - V5 range. This is a good area to bring your tallest friend who is always doing the impossible reach and enjoy some delicious schadenfreude.


Gros Sloper V1 was more enjoyable than it should have been for such an akward lowball. Finally, a chance to practice that no hands slab climbing you've been perfecting at the bouldering gym!


Up next, The Secret V2 was an aptly named blank face traverse relying on balance, body position and a hidden crystal. Enjoyable.


Tempete De Lichen V2 is one of those confusing lines that doesn't match the description. It was originally listed as a sit down start in Halifax Bouldering, but described and graded as a high scrunch (bordering on a stand). It goes as a true sit, but with a punchy move that's well above V2 in difficulty. 


The crown jewel of the Gros Poisson circuit is undoubtedly Think Big V3. A move of this scale on such massive holds is rare in Nova Scotia at such an accessible grade.

https://youtu.be/FCci9RLVJRU

Latino Heat V4 features some interesting holds, but arbitrary scrunches across a lip 3 feet from the ground. Don't ask too many questions, and it's passable as a rock climb.

https://youtu.be/5PCOJ5Po0k4

Like all good experiences, Hot Pants V4 starts by crawling into a dark hole and laying on your back. The start hold is a really cool pocket, and the topout is tricky and fun. Worth doing despite the undignified name and nature. 

https://youtu.be/iBc4vUeGA24

L'Ange Mechant V4 starts with a crux lip encounter, and ends with a filthy slab adventure. 0 / 10 would not recommend. The only pleasant aspect is the view from the top.

https://youtu.be/35A7AQeCano

Lobster Trap V5 is another highlight. This climb gets harder the lower you start and is a masters level course in shifting your body weight to stay engaged on a slopey arete without compression.

Sadly, The One That Got Away V2 is truly the one that got away. It's the best looking climb in the area, but the landing has been reclaimed by jungle and the arete reclaimed by lichen. I wasn't messing with it in it's current condition.

There are some harder climbs in the area that make this a destination outside of circuiting. See topo for details.
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