"needs cleaning" I'm glad you took a before picture so once you pad people fucking trash that rock and base area we'll see how quickly you can trash what took hundreds of years to grow naturally. Nice find.
One could argue that there are plenty of ferns, etc. out there, but if I were a creature who made these rocks & flora my home, I would be very distressed about their futile development.
Fellow "B'hamster hippies/environmentally conscientious climbers," I would not fret. We saw these lush-n-lovely boulders years ago and noted that the limited # of problems, the poor rock quality, the propensity of precipitation, the shady locale, and the less-than-ideal approach, would all combine to never make these a popular destination.
Believe it or not, there are actually a fair # of problems with compact rock. Sure, the majority of rock is of poor quality, but there is just as much good rock here(and the other side) as any other area in Bellingham, including Sehome. It just needs traffic. Yes it is shady and will be wet during the winter...its the Northwest, everything is.
Cleaning does not imply "f'ing trashing the rock and base area", it simply means brushing holds of moss and sand, and clearing enough of an area to top out. It certainly does not mean cutting down old growth trees, as your "hundreds of years to grow" implies...a little dramatic. A simple search shows that you boulder("pad people"?), and have traveled to Tonsai as well as Bishop...both places where climbers have drastic negative impacts on the environment. Much more drastic than cleaning moss off of some rocks in an area that will look as if nobody has ever been there after a year of inactivity, so please tone down the hypocrisy.
Matthias: who bolted that crack?...you know the one I am talking about if you have been in the area.
For people who actually live in Bellingham and have climbed everything else: check it out. There are enough problems for at least a day of bouldering once clean.
Like I said, there are plenty of ferns, etc. out there, and I am not at all maligning your F.A. efforts, only pointing out that critters will be impacted-I know I have destroyed homes as well, all for a F.A. I was just sharing a perspective I had years ago about some obscure boulders in the forest, so far from Index...so go for it-- As for the bolted crack, post a fotograf; I'd love to see what you are talking about...
No photo of the crack, its on the other side of fragrance lake. Only obviously developed line in the area. Bolts look to be about the same age as the other bolted lines on local sandstone. There is also one super overgrown route on the other side of cleator, similar age bolts.
Not really any FA efforts here, just pointing out to local climbers that there is some potential for new routes/problems in the area. Notice the lack of problem names/grades. I assume at least a couple of these boulders have been climbed in the past, while quite a few obviously have not. Anyone who actually takes the time and checks it out can claim all the FAs.
Yes it is far from Index...as is Bellingham. Don't want to have to drive 3-4 hrs every time I want to climb. I think a strong argument could be made that the gas used driving to Index has a significantly larger impact than cleaning some holds of moss... Believe me, I do wish Index was right outside of Bellingham.
No, I just bolted Julia's Outcrop and later a questionable route, because of its obscurity, on the east side of the Clark's Point peninsula. Further down this same intermittent cliff band at Clark's, is a taller formation, perhaps 50 feet. With a low profile, you all might find some new routes closer to home . . .