Sam Dospoy Bouldering Classic Arête at Blowing Rock Boulders, North Carolina

The Classic Arete at Blowing Rock Boulders is one of the best boulder problems in the High Country, with great pulling on solid holds and plenty of steepness! In this short video, Misty Mountain’s Sam Dospoy grabs the sit start (V6) by headlamp at night.

Blowing Rock Boulders is located behind a rest area on Hwy 221 just a few minutes outside of Blowing Rock, NC.The boulder field is just a couple of miles from the neighborhood of Misty Mountain where Woody Keen lived when he started our company. Blowing Rock Boulders features lots of great problems and impeccable rock in an idyllic Southern Appalachian forest.

The Classic Arete is a wonderful problem that can be tackled from the stand up start at about V0+, or made harder and longer from the sit start. Many of the problems at Blowing Rock have high, scary top-outs, so make sure to pad the landings and have several attentive spotters if you are pushing yourself.