f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's)
BETA PHOTO: The first pitch of Columbia, which follows the obv...
Along the Cliff
This area features the largest collection of easy multi-pitch routes: Beginner's Delight
, Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst
, and Northern Pillar
, among others. For that reason, you'll often find local guides busy at work around here, especially at the short wall near the base of Finger Locks or Cedar Box
This area starts with the huge, right-facing orange corner of Asphodel
, and continues past Beginner's Delight
, Snooky's Return
, and the area's centerpiece route, Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst
, which aims right up the middle of the massive orange buttress. To the right, the area includes the routes just before, and in the alcove to the left of, the Mantle Block, a large block leaning against the cliff with a 4' roof extending across it. Approach:
The main approach for this area is a trail that leads right up to Minty
, which you can recognize through the trees by the large blocks at its base (pic of trail will appear in the spring). Asphodel
and neighboring routes can also be reached by the trail leading to Welcome to the Gunks (pic to appear in spring). Descent:
There are two major descent routes in the area: trees and bolts over Snooky's Return
, and a bolted rappel line on the right side of the Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst
buttress. Many routes also have intermediate tree anchors.
The bolts over Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst
are a short, easy scramble down from the clifftop; they are located on the front side of a large block towards the front of the buttress itself. See the picture under the Mme G's route, which shows what you're looking for. "Back in the day", this rappel used to go from the large tree on the very front corner of the buttress, and getting into position to rappel was ... airy. Even now, it's mostly free-hanging. Two ropes will get you to the ground, or there are a second set of bolts mid-cliff for use with one rope.
: 5.5, G Beatle Brow Bulge
: 5.9+, PG
Blueberry Wine: 5.10+, R Blueberry Ledges
: 5.5-, G
Seldom Mustard, Never Relish: 5.10, G Beginner's Delight
: 5.3, PG
Octoberfest: 5.9-, R-X Snooky's Return
: 5.8, PG (**) Friends and Lovers
: 5.9, PG Minty
: 5.3, G Bag's End
: 5.8+, PG Tipsy Trees
: 5.3, G
The Womb Step: 5.7, PG
Chimango: 5.9+, PG Hawk
: 5.4+, PG Peregrine
: 5.8, PG
Reach of Faith: 5.10-, PG Southern Pillar
: 5.2, G Columbia
: 5.9-, G Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst
: 5.6, G (**)
Madame Grunnebaum's Sorrow: 5.8-, PG Tetonia
, 5.10 Le Teton
: 5.9, G Finger Locks or Cedar Box
: 5.5, G Northern Pillar
: 5.2, G Hyjek's Horror
: 5.8, R Twin Oaks
: 5.3, PG Triple Bulges
: 5.5, PG
Delusions of Grandeur: 5.9+, PG Willie's Weep
: 5.2, G
Don't Shoot: 5.6, G
Lat-On the Season: 5.7, PG
Gleet Street: 5.8, R Funny Face
: 5.5-, PG Son of Bitchy Virgin
: 5.6, PG Immaculate Virgin
: 5.6, PG Bitchy Virgin
: 5.6, R Unamed
: 5.2, G
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
30 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's):
Tipsy Trees 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Minty 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Asphodel 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Hawk 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 3 pitches, 290'
Peregrine 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 260'
Columbia 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Le Teton 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Tetonia 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
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Snooky's Return 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NY
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Snooky's is a lovely face climb up the obvious vertical thin seam and crack between Beginner's Delight and Minty. The good news is that the climbing is continuous and fun. The bad news is that it's directly in the rappel line for both Beginner's Delight and Minty - it's not uncommon for newer parties, with less experience in rappelling and/or etiquette, to send ropes and pebbles down without warning. Or to insist/assume that you will wait to finish your lead until all four of them have ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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