e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting)
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The Mac Wall is named after the man whose name graces almost all of the first ascents in the area: Jim McCarthy. It's no coincidence that this area is dense in multi-starred classic routes, particularly in the 5.10 range.
If someone says "Meet me at the Mac Wall", they're almost certainly describing the dozen or so routes centered around MF
, up to about Overhanging Layback
For our purposes, though, this entire area starts with the major, classic corner system of Three Pines
, and extends past the Mac Wall proper, past Welcome to the Gunks
, and ends at the huge right-facing orange corner of Asphodel
For the Mac Wall proper, walk down the carriage road; once you're past the East Trapps Connector (Stairmaster) intersection, keep an eye out for the very obvious right-leaning crack of Something Interesting
. The next trail up - a few yards down the carriage road - brings you right to the base of MF
For Welcome to the Gunks
and Credibility Gap
, take the next trail down the carriage road (pic to follow in spring ....), which brings you right up to Welcome to the Gunks
: For the Mac Wall proper, many routes have two-bolt anchors atop first pitches, and one 60m rope will get you to the ground.
There is a set of three bolted anchors descending from the clifftop between Three Pines
and Something Interesting
. The bolts at the clifftop themselves are a bit hidden in a copse of trees, well left of the top of Three Pines
. Rap 3x with one rope, or 2x with 2 ropes, and be aware of parties below you.
There is a tree rappel over Overhanging Layback
from the GT; one rope will get you to first-pitch bolts over the right end of the Mac Wall, or two to the ground.
For Tequila Mockingbird
and neighbors, plan on topping out and descending via bolts over Something Interesting
For the routes near Welcome to the Gunks
, it is strongly recommended to have two ropes. An intermediate anchor exists, but you won't like it!
: 5.3, G (**) The Dangler
: 5.10, G
Something Boring: 5.9, X
Something or Other: 5.10-, R Something Interesting
: 5.8, G Still Crazy After All These Years
: 5.10a/b Higher Stannard
: 5.9-, PG (**) Birdie Party
: 5.10-, PG (**) Interstice
: 5.10+, R (**) Mother's Day Party
: 5.10, PG (**) MF
: 5.9, PG (**)
Water King: 5.10+, R Men At Arms
: 5.9, PG Try Again
: 5.10, PG Fly Again
: 5.11+, PG Coexistence
: 5.10+, PG (**) Star Action
: 5.10, PG (**)
Don't Shift: 5.11+, TR Graveyard Shift
: 5.10+, PG-R Tough Shift
: 5.10, R Overhanging Layback
: 5.7, PG
No Existence: 5.9, R-X Scene of the Climb
: 5.11-, PG Land's End (Direct)
: 5.9-, PG
The Jane Fonda Workout for Pregnant Women: 5.12, TR
Organic Iron: 5.12+, R
Impenetrable Ceilings: 5.11, PG
Scotch on the Rocks: 5.10+, PG Dry Martini
: 5.7, PG Tequila Mockingbird
: 5.7+, PG
P. T. Phone Home: 5.10+, PG
Co-op: 5.9-, PG
Fall to Grace: 5.11, PG Welcome to the Gunks
: 5.10, PG-R Laughing Man
: 5.11, PG
Tree's a Crowd: 5.9, G Credibility Gap
: 5.6, PG
Weather station 2.6 miles from here
29 Total Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for e. The Mac Wall (Something Interesting):
Three Pines 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, 3 pitches, 160'
MF 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Men At Arms 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Tough Shift 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Try Again 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Star Action 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Birdie Party 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Coexistence 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Interstice 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Laughing Man 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Fly Again 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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MF 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NY
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This is THE standard for 5.9 routes at the Gunks. It is a must do for a visiting climber. The route is located to the right of Three Pines on the right side of the Mac Wall. The MF access trail is about a 6-min. walk from the Uberfall, or a 2-min. walk from where the East Trapps Connector Trail meets the carriage road. The trail leads to the base of the climb at a 20'-high thin crack. This is about 80' right of Something Interesting.P1: Climb the crack and face below the overhang, making a slight...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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