Searching For New Boulders…With Computers??

Living like I do in a State that seems to be completely tapped out as far as new rock is concerned, I found Chuck Fryberger’s recent experiment with Google Earth to be pretty fascinating. Writing for the Cloudveil blog, Chuck outlines how he went about using Google Earth to gauge the bouldering potential in the Sultanate of Oman:

My research on Google Earth showed that there were some real monsters there, up to 300 feet across. Most of the boulders appeared to be concentrated in an area of the country near the Selma Plateau, a massive limestone uplift located about 120 miles south-east of the capital city Muscat. I knew that where there are boulders of that size, there would surely be a selection of smaller boulders that would be perfect for climbing.

Sultanate of Oman

With this information in hand and with the help of a few sponsors, Chuck set off for Oman. After overcoming a few logistical problems relating to taking a self-supported bouldering film project to a foreign country, it looks like Chuck was successful in his search. Below is part one of a video Chuck self-filmed to show some of the bouldering he found. The second part of the video featuring the FA of a rad looking V12 can be viewed in the MVM Premium Section.


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3 Responses to Searching For New Boulders…With Computers??

  1. bj January 23, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    we’ve used google earth around here to find new crags. welcome to new routing in the 21st century!

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  2. Climbing Narcissist January 23, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    Please send some of these crags you find our way. You have way too many and we have way too few…

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