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Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : Overhanging Layback (5.7)
By: Gunkiemike When: 3 days ago

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Comments: There is now nothing left of the tree at 80 ft that the grey Dick mentions. There's a clump of medium-size trees w/ rap slings 20 ft higher, and a 60m rope will get you down from there.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Shanty Cliff : Soup Kitchen (5.10a)
By: Gunkiemike When: 6 days ago

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Comments: If you've got the reach at the second bolt (you'll know if you do or not!), then this route is probably 5.9.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake George Region : Shelving Rock : Neanderthal Cave : Breaking Bad (5.8)
By: Gunkiemike When: Aug 15, 2014

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Comments: There's a new route (Aug 2014) with dark green hangers immediately right of this route. It might share the start (I didn't notice) but it trends rightward starting at the cedar tree, and the bolts continue higher than the Breaking Bad anchor. I couldn't see where the route ends. I climbed as much as I could while lowering off B.B. and it felt 5.8 - 5.9, but as I said, there's more climbing above.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake George Region : Shelving Rock : Main Wall : Rock Lobster (5.9+)
By: Gunkiemike When: Aug 15, 2014

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Comments: The phrase "steep and dramatic" comes to mind.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : Classic (5.7) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Aug 4, 2014

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Comments: ...and is called "Jasmine".


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : Sleepwalk (5.7)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: P1 may be a good "breaking into the grade" pitch, but IMO that's because it's no harder than 5.6. Sure, you can make it harder by skipping holds, but the reality is there are good holds for every move if you just look a couple feet to either side.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Jul 24, 2014

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Comments: That's just sick, that's what.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : a. Beginning of cliff to Ge... : Te Dum (5.7)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jul 23, 2014

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Comments: There's no fixed anchor at the tree any more. Probably a good thing all around.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : a. Beginning of cliff to Ge... : Layback (5.5)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jul 23, 2014

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Comments: I watched a climber today do the layback section without laybacking. It was unreal. She just face climbed the wall immediately left of the layback crack/corner. As for the start, a very small wire can be placed about halfway up to the pin on the 5.7 face variation, and a 00 TCU or equivalent a couple feet higher.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Farewell to Arms (5.8)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jul 2, 2014

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Comments: Preserve rules allow for the pin to be replaced. Anyone know what it was?


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : Higher Stannard (5.9-)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jun 20, 2014

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Comments: If you're too short to grab the fingerholds on the left (original) start, don't hesitate to cheat a bit. There used to be a tree there (it's dead and lying downhill below you) and one could step off the tree to take the sting out of that first move. So by cheating a bit you're really just keeping the route to its original character. Don't worry about it too much; there's plenty of challenge on the face above.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake Champlain Region : Deadwater : Main Cliff : Warpath (5.9-)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: The moves off the belay to start P2 are pretty challenging, and it's a big reach for me (5 ft 9) to clip the pin. But after that it's just SO good.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Annie Oh! (5.8+)
By: Gunkiemike When: May 18, 2014

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Comments: P1 is always a test of where my lead head is at. The 40-50 ft at the start with no pro is only just the first mental test. Small gear, a couple wires, tiny cams...you get to climb quite a long ways (15' or so) above a blue Alien. The holds are all there and are nicely positive. But you def. want a cool head on this pitch.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : V-3 (5.7)
By: Gunkiemike When: May 18, 2014

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Comments: Just FYI - a climber prying out a stuck nut today broke off part (a small part) of the two-handed jug you use to pull into the V. It's not any harder now, just a liitle different. And the broken edge may be a bit harsh on the hands until it gets a lot more traffic.


Location: NV : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: May 1, 2014

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Comments: Looks pretty run out.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Annie Oh! (5.8+) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Apr 20, 2014

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Comments: How do we know it fell out by itself? As opposed to someone tossing it off some rainy off-season evening and not telling anyone?


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : Directissima (5.9) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Apr 10, 2014

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Comments: Is there a climber in this photo?


Location: CO : Alpine Rock : RMNP - Rock : Long's Peak : The Diamond : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Apr 1, 2014

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Comments: That sucker is JACKED.


Location: UT : Moab Area : Indian Creek : Supercrack Buttress : Coyne Crack (5.12a) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Mar 21, 2014

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Comments: It doesn't look like he was too solid on that part. :-)

I agree that whipping on the first and only piece is pretty scary.


Location: NY : Catskills (Ice) : Platte Clove : Devil's Kitchen : 2nd Corner (WI4)
By: Gunkiemike When: Feb 25, 2014

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Comments: There's a bolted anchor atop this corner.


Location: NY : The Gunks : Sky Top : Crash and Burn (5.9+ R)
By: Gunkiemike When: Feb 15, 2014

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Comments: Anyone can climb at Skytop legally...you just need to pay a lot of money. So the question becomes, how badly do you want it?


Location: NY : Catskills (Ice) : Stony Clove : Stony Clove - West Side : Little Black Dike (WI4)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jan 30, 2014

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Comments: Two options for anchor tree up top: 1) step right to the tree close to the lip. 2) continue straight up past roots for 25 ft beyond the top of the ice. This tree provides a better located rope for the second or subsequent TR. BUT a 70m rope is REQUIRED.

If the mud isn't frozen solid, either of these finishes will be extremely insecure.


Location: NY : Catskills (Ice) : Stony Clove : Stony Clove - West Side : The Gurgler (WI3)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jan 30, 2014

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Comments: I don't think I've ever seen ice on the top-out of this route. Be forewarned!


Location: VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : Smugglers Notch Ice climbin... : Ragnarock (WI4+ M4)
By: Gunkiemike When: Jan 29, 2014

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Comments: So why isn't there an M grade for this route?


Location: VT : Vermont Ice Climbing : Lake Willoughby : Mount Pisgah : Last Gentleman (WI5) : Photo
By: Gunkiemike When: Jan 29, 2014

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Comments: Heh, that's right where I set up the belay. Got hit by a sh:t-ton of ice as my partner led the next pitch.


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