The bouldering in the Virgin Islands has been on my radar for a few years now with a couple of climbing movies having been filmed there and knowing a couple of people who have made the trip. I never really considered going there myself, at least not until I was given a copy of the new guidebook to the area written by Rich Crowder and Jonathon Wasser.
As I dove into reading the book I quickly realized that a bouldering trip to the Virgin Islands is really about much more than the climbing. The first 1/3rd of the book is dedicated to details other than climbing like detailed instructions on how to get there, potential itineraries, suggested activities that aren’t climbing and the always helpful pirate vocabulary lesson.
Once you get into the climbing section of the guide it has everything you would expect from a modern climbing guidebook. It’s loaded with great photos and color maps of areas with all the beta you’ll need to explore the bouldering on the Virgin Islands.
As I finished reading the book I realized that there was really no choice: at some point I need to make trip to the Virgin Islands. Not so much for the climbing itself, but for the entire experience.