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Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : Welcome to the Gunks (5.10a/b PG13)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Nov 14, 2011

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Comments: A block has broken off at the top of the initial slab section for the right hand start variation, which is also the start of Laughing Man. The variation is still possible, but it is more difficult than before, and it is especially more difficult if you don't realize the block is gone until you are in the middle of the sequence.

This does not affect the left start, which is pretty much directly underneath the first roof.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Erect Direction (5.10c) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Feb 7, 2011

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Comments: Well done, gentlemen!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Nurse's Aid (5.10c R) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 18, 2010

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Comments: Excellent shots, Seth.


Location: NY : The Gunks : Peterskill : The Golden Wall : Stinky Americans (5.9)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Mar 9, 2010

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Comments: This route is leadable at PG.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : d. Strictly - Shockley's : Shockley's Ceiling (5.6) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Feb 8, 2010

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Comments: Great shot, Debra! Thanks for posting it. I would love to see more of your historical photos if you have any.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : a. Beginning of cliff to Ge... : Inverted Layback (5.9) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Dec 31, 2009

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Comments: Thanks, everyone. TK, he didn't run it out as much as it appears there. In the higher res version, 2 more pieces are visible in that section, which you can't see well in this version.


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Sheelite Canyon / Pratt's C... : ... : Sheila (5.10a)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Oct 16, 2009

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Comments: FA: John Fischer, Jay Jensen, 1971


Location: CA : Sierra Eastside : Bishop Area : Pine Creek Canyon : Scheelite Crags : ... : Chips Off the Ol' Block (5.10a)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Oct 14, 2009

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Comments: We climbed this on 9/27/09 on Tai's recommendation after meeting him at Wilson's. Very fun. Thanks to Tai and the other FA-ers for putting it up.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Nurse's Aid (5.10c R)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Aug 6, 2009

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Comments: I agree, Paul. I think Josh might have traversed off the second pitch a little early, underneath the great crack, without knowing what he was missing. It would be easy to do because it's invisible from below and an unlikely line. I can't imagine anyone would describe that traverse as "lackluster."


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Coronary (5.10 R)
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 13, 2009

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Comments: The protection is not all that bad. It's comparable to Apoplexy (photo above). The first two placements are the same as Apoplexy, the next one is a shaky sideways stopper that might be useless, and the one above that is what I thought (hoped?) was a pretty good C3 placement. There is a long runout above that cam, but the moves get easier the higher you go.

That's not to say it wouldn't be scary to onsight it (I didn't dare), but it is leadable.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Wisecrack (5.6)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Jul 18, 2008

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Comments: I've heard it said that there is no tougher 5.6 in the Gunks. And I would agree.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : f. The Guides' Wall (Madame... : Snooky's Return (5.8) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Jun 4, 2008

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Comments: Yes, she is.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Retribution (5.10b) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Apr 8, 2008

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Comments: Thanks Brian. It was taken while hanging on a rope on No Solution (in between Retribution and Nose Dive).


Location: CA : Southern Sierra : The Needles / Kern River : The Needles : Voodoo Dome : ... : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: Jan 8, 2008

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Comments: I agree, Matthew. I added two more photos which I think give a better idea of the angle of this pitch.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : Laughing Man (5.11b PG13)
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 21, 2007

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Comments: One of the guidebooks says the way Juan is doing it in the photo is a 5.10 variation. It says the 5.11 way is a bit right of that. We couldn't get up anything over there, so we did it this way.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 11, 2006

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Comments: Those photoshop skills need some work.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Roseland (5.9)
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 5, 2006

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Comments: An alternative and more exciting finish to the first pitch is to go straight up about halfway through the traverse and then make your way right to the chains. In the photo, it goes through the v-notch above the triangular roof which is up and right of the climber.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6) : Photo
By: Denis O'Connor When: May 5, 2006

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Comments: She'd like you to think so, but no.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : k. The Slime Wall : Falled on Account of Strain (5.10b)
By: Denis O'Connor When: Apr 13, 2006

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Comments: This excellent route is even better when climbed as a single pitch. To do so, it's easier to take a straight line up to the roof rather than heading left to clip the bolt belay atop P1 and then traversing back right.