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What are some of your favorite traverse pitches in the Gunks? I like: CCK P3, Face to Face P3, The Dangler, Directissima P2. Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
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Easy Rider. Dana Bartlett
From CT
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Nov 22, 2012
i followed traverse of the clods... fun and terrifying.. the feat will probably not be repeated. lead or TR ;) i recommend it.. once.

Modern times is kind of a traverse, that would be my favorite lead. directissima or bonnies p2 are right up there
Jake D.
From Northeast
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Chapel Pond
P2 Bonnie's Roof...even though its the only traverse I've done there. Bill Sacks
From Sacramento, CA
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Nov 22, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on
Directissima p2! Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
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Nov 22, 2012
High Plains Drifter, Square Meal, Yellow Ridge, Grand Central. David Stowe
Joined Mar 29, 2006
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Nov 22, 2012
P2 of moonlight. Hands down, at least for me. Johnny Nubbins
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Nov 23, 2012
Another Anthony (me) on Unnamed BP #2.
Has anyone repeated "The Great Wall of China" AKA the traverse of the Trapps?

In general hate traversing, but the cruxes of Thin Slabs Direct, Diretissima, Roseland, Farewell to Arms and Fancy Free are all great traverses. Modern Times probably deserves to be on that list too, but it's probably more vertical than horizontal in the critical section.
Anthony Baraff
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Anthony Baraff wrote:
Has anyone repeated "The Great Wall of China" AKA the traverse of the Trapps?


I REALLY want to do this climb!!!
Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
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Nov 23, 2012
Dana wrote:
Easy Rider.


+1
tradjunkie
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Nov 23, 2012
tradjunkie wrote:
+1


anyone have a better picture of this? from the Mtn proj page it doesnt look like much of any traversing going on. (never been to Pkill so i dunno)
Jake D.
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Nov 23, 2012
Jake D. wrote:
anyone have a better picture of this? from the Mtn proj page it doesnt look like much of any traversing going on. (never been to Pkill so i dunno)


Easy Rider is the traverse of the Near Trapps. It starts on Outer Space and finishes on Yellow Ridge.
Dana Bartlett
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Nov 23, 2012
"Commando Rave" at the Trapps has an odd traverse. I like it though. Rogerlarock
From Nedsterdam, Colorado
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Nov 23, 2012
Great Wall Sectional Writeup Jim Sweeney
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Nov 23, 2012
Dana wrote:
Easy Rider is the traverse of the Near Trapps. It starts on Outer Space and finishes on Yellow Ridge.


ahh i see. there is also a .6 at Peterskill that is pretty much straight up so i was confused haha

P2 of Wrist has a fun airy traverse too but pretty short.
Jake D.
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477 points
Nov 24, 2012
The traverse out to the Yellow Ridge on the Dogsti...
Since it hasn't been mentioned yet, I think Hans's Puss has one of the better moderate traverses in the Gunks. Outer Space and Broken Sling are excellent, and harder and scarier would be Tough Shift. And on the easy side (after the first rather sandbagged fifteen feet) is Oblique Twique, which diagonals right forever. But whenever anyone asks about the better or the favorite things in the Gunks, it is only a matter of time before you get a list of pretty much all things in the requested category. rgold
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Nov 24, 2012
I guess the easiest classic traverse in the Gunks is:
  • Yum Yum Yab Yum (top pitch)
also
  • Beginners Delight P2 is memorably exposed.

more on the easier end:
  • Lakeview P2 (at Skytop)
  • Andrew upper half
  • Hawk P2

Gelsa starts with several traversing sections -- but I wouldn't guess it's a "favorite" of most people. For some people the left half of the traverse is the crux of the climb - (why Gelsa is not a good climb to take beginners)

a little higher difficulty:
  • Disneyland has a couple of nice traverse sections.
  • "Baskerville Terrace" link-up of Basking Ridge with Yellow Ridge has a long rising traverse.

Ken

P.S. classic in the Adirondacks, "The El" has a remarkably long slightly descending traverse (with at least one tricky navigational point).
kenr
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Nov 24, 2012
oo how about the top of Roseland.. balancy, bit of burliness. fun for all ages ;) Jake D.
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Nov 24, 2012
Dana wrote:
Easy Rider is the traverse of the Near Trapps. It starts on Outer Space and finishes on Yellow Ridge.


It was extended to Gelsa several decades ago, and the continuation is worthwhile.
tradjunkie
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Nov 24, 2012
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Limelight. The traverse from right to left at the end of the 2nd pitch always has a high pucker factor. Benjamin Chapman
From Small Town, USA
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Dec 2, 2012
kenr wrote:
I guess the easiest classic traverse in the Gunks is: * Yum Yum Yab Yum (top pitch) also * Beginners Delight P2 is memorably exposed. more on the easier end: * Lakeview P2 (at Skytop) * Andrew upper half * Hawk P2 Gelsa starts with several traversing sections -- but I wouldn't guess it's a "favorite" of most people. For some people the left half of the traverse is the crux of the climb - (why Gelsa is not a good climb to take beginners) a little higher difficulty: * Disneyland has a couple of nice traverse sections. * "Baskerville Terrace" link-up of Basking Ridge with Yellow Ridge has a long rising traverse. Ken P.S. classic in the Adirondacks, "The El" has a remarkably long slightly descending traverse (with at least one tricky navigational point).


Yeah Beginners Delight, Hawk, Andrew, and Gelsa all have memorable traverses. Love them!
Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Joined Apr 7, 2011
885 points
Dec 3, 2012
Top out on Black Dagger
rgold wrote:
I think Hans's Puss has one of the better moderate traverses in the Gunks.


+1
Tony Lopez
From NJ
Joined Aug 7, 2011
742 points
Dec 3, 2012
Hate traverses. Prefer Directissima Direct and CCK Direct. Gunks
From Gunks, NY
Joined Apr 12, 2007
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Dec 3, 2012
Chris Vultaggio leads the title route at Five and ...
Top pitch of Nurse's Aid - super exposed and airy

Middle pitch of Erect Direction - hard

Tennish Anyone - thin
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Joined Dec 22, 2008
326 points
Dec 3, 2012
Gunks wrote:
Hate traverses. Prefer Directissima Direct and CCK Direct.

The finish on CCK direct is a traverse from right to left after finishing up the flake.
David Stowe
Joined Mar 29, 2006
146 points


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