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Site Landlord
Sep 27, 2012
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me?...
My wife and I will be visiting the Gunks for the first time Oct 13-21.

What's the best book or books to get?

And if anyone is interested in a MP East beer night... we're staying in New Paltz for the week.

Andy
Andy Laakmann
From Bend, OR
Joined Jan 1, 2001
2,412 points
Sep 27, 2012
Gelsa P2
Dick Williams' Trapps guide, and Dick Williams' Near Trapps/Millbrook guide if you want to explore some different areas. The Trapps guide alone would give you plenty of climbs. Dick Williams' books have killer descriptions compared to the other options. AJWM
From New Paltz, NY
Joined Apr 16, 2012
81 points
Sep 28, 2012
I agree the Williams guidebooks are clearly superior in deteailed descriptions and how to find the routes.
Best option is to combine the Williams guidebook with the comments from MountainProject route entries.

Note that if you're looking for difficulty 5.6 or less, the Nears + Millbrook do not have many, so for a single trip could save by not getting that volume - (tho there are three great easy climbs in those sectors).

Ken
kenr
Joined Oct 29, 2010
1,551 points
Sep 28, 2012
The wife and I road-trippin on the Connie.
What everyone else said. The Williams book. There is also a book by Todd Swain, but it is harder to follow and has shorter descriptions, but has the Trapps, Near Trapps, and Millbrook. Williams is much more descriptive. If you want to go to the popular section of the Near Trapps (Kansas City thru Yum Yum Yab Yum), that section of the cliff isn't too long, the descents are usually walk off north, and the climbs are fairly easy to find if you can locate some of the landmark climbs - Disneyland, Layback, Alphonse, Roseland, Birdland - so you could get by without the book for that area Larry S
From Easton, Pennsylvania
Joined May 28, 2010
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Sep 28, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Andy Laakmann wrote:
And if anyone is interested in a MP East beer night... we're staying in New Paltz for the week. Andy



The Gilded Otter would be a good place to do that. Wish I was still there!
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Sep 28, 2012
Ziggy Piggy, Welsford NB
mountainproject.com/v/gunks-gu...

everyone was very helpfull and the trip was a blast!
Theriault
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