One fun thing about bouldering -– the rocks have creative names like Beam Me Up, Summer Solstice, or Samurai. This is part of the carefree spirit that pervades bouldering culture. The bouldering scene was more like a subculture until about a decade ago. Twenty years ago, rogue rock climbers were seen as eccentric at best, neurotic at worst. That popular stigma has begun to change. Social media influencers and the prevalence of indoor climbing gyms have taken bouldering from a niche activity to something mainstream and edgy. There are hip clothing lines that are part of the lifestyle. There are digital acolytes to be accumulated by influencers, for better or worse.
With this in mind, it’s important to tread lightly when foraying into the backcountry of Snohomish County. Please remember to be safe and to leave no trace. There are parts of the Gold Bar area that don’t receive cell service, so please tell a friend or a loved one where you’ll be before heading out into the woods in search of big climbing rocks.