Silverado Mine / by Stefaan Conrad

Partially due to feedback from my peers and friends and partially due to my subconscious  curiosities, I decided to pursue the idea of creating a small magazine documenting the bouldering lifestyle as seen along the Northern California Coast. This past weekend I went up to Mt St Helena to do some climbing. The site we visited is called Silverado mine and is the remnants of what used to be a gold and silver ore mine in the mid- to late-1800's. The network of tunnels below the surface has been closed for over half a century but at the surface remains a jutting rock face that has a deep gouge through the middle, creating a sort of rock hallway on the mountain side. Although bouldering and climbing have a very different visual aesthetic, I brought my camera to practice capturing the lifestyle aspect. Here are a few of the ones I liked from the afternoon.