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Favorite traverse pitches in the Gunks


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Simon Thompson · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 840

What are some of your favorite traverse pitches in the Gunks? I like: CCK P3, Face to Face P3, The Dangler, Directissima P2.

Dana Bartlett · · CO · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890

Easy Rider.

Jake D. · · Northeast · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 365

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

Bill Sacks · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 395

P2 Bonnie's Roof...even though its the only traverse I've done there.

Ben Brotelho · · Albany, NY · Joined May 2011 · Points: 520

Directissima p2!

David Stowe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 70

High Plains Drifter, Square Meal, Yellow Ridge, Grand Central.

Johnny Nubbins · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 0

P2 of moonlight. Hands down, at least for me.

Anthony Baraff · · Paris, France · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 2,400

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.

GMBurns · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2008 · Points: 470

Moonlight

Simon Thompson · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Apr 2011 · Points: 840
Anthony Baraff wrote:Has anyone repeated "The Great Wall of China" AKA the traverse of the Trapps?
I REALLY want to do this climb!!!
tradjunkie · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2011 · Points: 0
Dana wrote:Easy Rider.
+1
Jake D. · · Northeast · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 365
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)
Dana Bartlett · · CO · Joined Nov 2003 · Points: 890
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.
Rogerlarock · · Nedsterdam, Colorado · Joined Sep 2008 · Points: 5

"Commando Rave" at the Trapps has an odd traverse. I like it though.

Jim Sweeney · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 30
Jake D. · · Northeast · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 365
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.
rgold · · Poughkeepsie, NY · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 525

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.

kenr · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 13,579

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).
Jake D. · · Northeast · Joined Nov 2006 · Points: 365

oo how about the top of Roseland.. balancy, bit of burliness. fun for all ages ;)

tradjunkie · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2011 · Points: 0
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.
Benjamin Chapman · · Small Town, USA · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 13,316

Limelight. The traverse from right to left at the end of the 2nd pitch always has a high pucker factor.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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