After a week straight of rain and flooding, we’re finally getting some sun here in Massachusetts. With temperature’s rising, the Northeast climbing season is opening.
I’d like to celebrate by sharing a video of one of New England’s classic climbs: Speed of Life.
Located in Farley, MA, Speed of Life (V10) is a strong candidate for the most beautiful hunk of rock in the US, a highball gneiss boulder with an almost-flawless face. First climbed by Maine native Dave Graham, it has a reputation as one of the most perfect boulder problemsof it’s grade, a crimpy, steeply overhanging climb full of big moves.
This video is by climber Jon Glassberg, who sent Speed of Life during a trip to Massachusetts this past winter. Apart from the final, celebratory crotch grab, I think Glassberg does a good job of conveying why Speed of Life has come to represent the perfect climb for so many people.