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Apr 22, 2014
Found these old boulder circuits in some of our files. Seems the Beanfest games were much more difficult then they are now and the penalties much harsher. Has anyone been on any of these recently? Hope this information gets you on more of these problems. Of note is how they use the B rating system not the V. Does anyone remember who won? The map and list can be found here under Climb Information: Bouldering. cochiseclimbing
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Apr 30, 2014
These were Bob Murray's original B system:

B1 = pretty darn hard
B2 = very hard, not done too often
B3 = Only done once, if someone repeats it, it goes to B2

A Bouldering Thing was written by me and I think I even drew up the map, which is odd considering I can't draw fer shix. Bob had a lot do with that circuit in the sense that I talked him into going down there with me and showing me his hidden TRs. In exchange, he got some anchors added to some of the big boulders. I might even have the original writing around in a file somewhere but finding it would be difficult. Some hard drive somewhere.
I believe it was redrawn and published in Kerry's version 1 but excluded from 2.
Never joke with a lawyer about copyright.

Dale Bard won the men's and scored some great booty, including a #5 or #6 "Friend" courtesy of Dave Baker and the Summit Hut. He was totally psyched as he had his eye on some offwidths. He was (is?) a very good wide crack climber.

Bobby Bensman won the women's. I believe she scored gear and some nice patagucci stuff. Bobby and Dale were hanging together at the time so it was a couple's win.

I am trying to remember who won the inter and novice categories and have some faces but no names. I think we had scammed (collected) enough booty from various unwitting parties that just about everyone that put in a scoresheet ended up getting something in the random drawing.
Paul Davidson
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May 2, 2014

Thanks for the added history. What year do you think that Beanfest was?

Is a #6 friend as big as a #6 camelot? We do, however, have some of those big prototype cams that Fowler machined himself. Scott even suggested I take them up Shake and Bake. I told him he was crazy but I sure would like another #6 for some other stuff I would like to get on.

I posted another map of the boulders below Stronghold Dome. This the computer version of a photocopy of a hand drawn one that you can barely read anymore. Yep! All of this paper is getting really old and yellow. I am scanning all the files I have and archiving them.

Is this your old map? Any photos from those bouldering comps?
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May 7, 2014
I've done Murray's problem on the Firepit boulder and it's gotta be one of the best Oldskool problems in AZ, IMO.

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May 7, 2014
So how much ad revenue do you gain when I click that link? Can I have some of it? Ryan Williams
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