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Sound and Fury 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Dick Williams and Jim McCarthy, 1963
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Submitted By: kyle lefkoff on Oct 6, 2012

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Rich Gottlieb styles through the crux of Sound and...

While public climbing is still legally and enforceably prohibited at Sky Top, you may climb LEGALLY at Sky Top as a guided client, since 2007. MORE INFO >>>


Nothing beats the solitude and quality of Skytop on a crowded weekend in the Gunks, and Sound and Fury is a classic not to be missed.

Make a burly crack move off the deck, or slide in from the corner on the right at the crux (the Clune Start). Steep, well protected moves for hands and fingers get you to a belay at 60 feet.

While most parties descend here, there's extra credit for leading another 60 feet to the summit, past another hard section off the belay, and some easier roofs at the top.


Start below the double inset cracks fifty feet left of Foops.

Climbing at Skytop is now allowed (and encouraged!) so long as you hire a Certified AMGA Guide through Alpine Endeavors:


Standard Gunks Rack
Fixed belay at 60 feet
No fixed belay on top.

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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
May 29, 2013

This looks sick. Fucking shame.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jun 22, 2015

As disappointing as this may be the Smiley Brothers founded the Mohonk Trust, New York State's largest visitor & member supported nature preserve, to protect and enjoy the beauty of nature on the Shawangunk Ridge. While the Mohonk Mountain House may be sick and distasteful it comprises only 1,325 acres of the nearly 10,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge which otherwise would likely have been carved up and developed into summer homes and lots that only the owners could enjoy. Frustrating as it is, it's still there for us to enjoy in many ways.
By Rui Ferreira
From: Longmont, CO
Jun 22, 2015
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

wonderful climb with varied climbing, some crack moves, memorable stemming section and your typical Gunks overhang with jugs. Did it only once in May 1993.
By Robert Hall
Nov 2, 2015
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Once upon a time, a long time ago I led this climb, but today (Oct 27, '15) I was happy just to follow it. We had done two other 5.8's this day (Zig-Zag Man and Yellow V.) and Sound and Fury seemed a whole grade harder than either of those. Ah, but it was rated 5.7 in the original Gran Guidebook!

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