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By Scott Robertson
From: Portland, OR
Feb 3, 2006
|Went here early January, some nifty problems on holds that require, um, discretion? The words 'adventure bouldering' came to mind. All in all though, really cool looking group of rocks. One problem that sticks in my mind started on really bad low holds to a good little ledge then continued up through some neat moves out the roof and up and over (it was located on the backside as I approached from the E?). Did some other fun problems. Where's the bovine area?|
By Tom Hanson
Feb 9, 2006
It sounds as though the problem you described is one of the following:
Klattra Upp, Svenskarnas Dag, or I Don't Mean Kanhanda on "The Swede"
Go to frontrangebouldering.com and check out the section called "What's New." There is full beta (sans ratings) for Norwegian Wood.
The Bovine Arena is located south of a cul-de-sac (Ellsworth Ct). Ellsworth Ct is on Mitchell St, a few blocks east of the intersection of Mikelson and Mitchell. The Bovine Arena is hidden from view, but you can see several pine trees south of Ellsworth Ct, across an open bovine pasture. There is a barber wire fence between Mitchell St and The Bovine Arena. The Bovine Arena is best accessed by heading straight east to the tall cliffs of Willow Creek Canyon and then following the top of the cliff south to where a side canyon cuts west. Continue along the top of the cliff towards the west to where the side canyon terminates in a large rounded amphitheatre. This is The Bovine Arena. There may be access issues with this area, even though I have climber there on many occasions and have not encountered any issues. This is why it is best to approach from the Willow Creek cliff line, farther east than the shortest approach.
There is another new bouldering area near Norwegian Wood called B25.
Yesterday, I was once again exploring new terrain behind my house. I went back to a really cool area that I had found about a week ago when it was too cold to pull down. This new area is called B25. It is named after the B25-Mitchell bomber from WWII, as it resides in a secluded section of Mitchell Gulch, right behind my pad.
There are two cool traverses and some really sick straight-ups. The best problem there is called Ball Turret. It starts with an undercling of a smooth cobble. From this cobble you have to work your feet up and then do a long throw for another cobble. The start of this problem overhangs about 45 degrees. I haven't managed to send this one yet, but I'm guessing it'll go at V7 or V8. Left of Ball Turret are two easier problems called Bombadier V3, and Doolittle's Raid on Tokyo V4. The two traverses are called Tail Gunner, and Waist Gunner, both about V3. There are several other straight-ups in the V0 to V6 range.
This new area is about 150 yards west of Norwegian Wood and it is at the base of the south rim of Mitchell Gulch, in a very secluded area with easy access to the bottom.