Hello! And welcome to Where’s Wetzler, everyone’s sixth favorite website for all things bouldering related in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America. This used to be a travel blog. It sort of still IS a travel blog, but it’s also mostly about bouldering now (see: exclusively about bouldering.)
Today I’d like to present to you one of my favorite YouTube channels out there, definitely my favorite YouTube bouldering channel (Mellow and Bouldering Bobat and Emil Abrahamsson are in a close 2nd). The channel comes from two twin brothers, Jake and Kyle Love of the bouldering magnate Badwater Bouldering. They’ve been creating top notch pebble content for the past few years, and it’s been great to watch as the quality of their videos improves along with the size of their following. Today I will be commenting on my favorite five videos from them. So, with only a little further ado…….
THE TOP 5 BADWATER BOULDERING VIDEOS (according to your host and dictator for life, Mark Wetzler)
So, real quickly, how did I pick these videos? Well, the criteria was pretty simple. I simply sat down in the lotus position with a scalding cup of black tea, closed my eyelids, and let the five videos from Badwater Bouldering I’m most stoked on drift into my consciousness. And then I went to their channel and realized there were a bunch I wish I had picked, but too late! If they didn’t come to me during my meditation, they were axed. And so now with zero more ado….
5. Premium Coffee
Honestly I mostly picked this video for the wink at 0:37. Oh and because this is one of the sickest problems in Leavenworth (not that I’ve done it personally but I’ve been there a bunch and may have even fondled the slopers).
4. Camp Serene Boulder
I think I like this video mostly because I’m obsessed with the Camp Serene boulder. It lies right off the highway so you’re constantly subjected to the karmic fields of dozens of aggressive bubbas driving their Dodge Rams on their way to mask-burning parties, but it’s just such a beautiful granodiorite bloc. It’s got so many good problems and two of my favorite projects right now (or when I can climb outdoors again): Serenity Now and Climax Control. Hell, maybe one day I’ll even send Chemical Imbalance V8. Stranger things have happened, wrong????
3. Squamish Road Trip
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Squamish. Ahhhhhhhhhh, British Columbia. How I love you. I want to be in a relationship with you. I want to live in you. And one day I want to climb your scintillating granodorite rhinestones. When will we be able to go to BC again????? July???? Never????? Justin Trudeau, get your shit together and open your country for boulderers only. Make it accessible by aptitude test in which you display proper closed crimping technique and list at least one famous V16.
Anyway, this video: They’re in the Squamish A&W in this video reminiscing about their trip. What more do I need to say?
2. Fight Club
I have this listed as number two but it’s probably not my second favorite. I don’t know what my second favorite is. I’m confused. But I do like how hard they try in this video. I like what a struggle it is. Makes it so satisfying when they finally send it.
1. Projecting Midnite
Here we go: My favorite video from Badwater Bouldering. Why is it my favorite? Because when I got Pablo Zueleta’s Western Washington Bouldering this was one of the lines I was like: “I have to do that sometime in my lifetime.” Like, this boulder is a life goal. Like, I’ve sent the V3 next to it, so I’m pretty close, right? Like, that one should actually probably be a V2.
I love this video because it fully documents the struggle, because it’s one of the most classic lines in Washington State, because it’s NOT in Leavenworth, and because of the festive nature and the music when the send finally happens. Good going, guys.
So there you have it. Hope you enjoy these videos. All of their videos are good, these are just some that have stood out to me. If you want to sponsor these guys on Patreon here is a link to their Patreon account: https://www.patreon.com/m/Badwaterbouldering . I am not a Patreon subscriber quite yet; I’m waiting for a video of their send of the mega classic and elusive Built to Last V8 before I fully drop in.
Thank you Jake and Kyle for your wonderful content!