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Alpine Diversions

5.8, Trad, 2 pitches,  Avg: 2.1 from 43 votes
FA: Todd Swain, John Thackray, 1982
New York > Gunks > Trapps > i. High E
Access Issue: 2019 Peregrine Closure Details
Access Issue: Tree Preservation and Rappeling Details


1. Climb the thin crack up to a blocky overhang. Once past the overhang, belay at a large pine tree. 5.8.

2. Climb up to the base of an open book, move to the nose on the left side of this, then go up to the left side of the obvious overhang. Climb the overhang (crux), then go to the right edge of the face. After that, it's straight to the top.


About 150 feet or so right of the nose of the High Exposure Buttress. Go past the Third Trapps Chimney, then look for a large, right-facing flake about 15-20 feet high. This is the start of Obstacle Delusion. Alpine Diversions is 15 feet or so right of that. You should see a short, indistinct crack that is immediately left of a small chimney.


Standard 'Gunks rack

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Paul contemplating the crux
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[Hide Comment] For me, the move just off the ground is just beyond my reach .... and although I end up stemming off of the chimney later on, the first few moves up the crack do seem to clock in around 5.8 anyway. I agree that the first pitch as a whole seems contrived, between the chimney and the very little amount of climbing that's on it.

Beware of pine sap from the tree! Apr 15, 2010
[Hide Comment] The open book leading to the final roof looks pretty sweet, but the crack in the middle of it, is filled with dirt and grass and the next jug is pretty high up at least for me. So I went right, to the nose and skipped the open book and traversed back to the roof. In retrospect, I should have tried cleaning it with my nut tool - maybe someone reading this can do that, this will also create a good pro for the move I think...

P1 starting move sucks for shorties - I squeezed myself into the chimney on the right to avoid it. Oct 4, 2010
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
[Hide Comment] I lead P1 today and I am a total shorty. It took a few minutes, but, I finally figured out how to launch for the jug without using the chimney. P1 is meh, P2 is a lot more bang for the buck. Apr 9, 2011
[Hide Comment] The starting move is not height-dependent! Look to the left for a crucial sidepull...

Pretty good climb. The first move is pretty much the whole enchilada on pitch one. Pitch two's first overhang is a good challenge. Dec 5, 2011
Jersey City, NJ
[Hide Comment] Pitch 2 is very nice. Going straight up to finish through the roof rather than stepping right is slightly nicer. The climb is "G" except maybe for the bouldery start. Sep 30, 2013
Simon Thompson
New Paltz, NY
[Hide Comment] This climb is most effectively led with double ropes. It's easy to boulder up and place a small wire(tapered is nice) in the thin crack, then come down and chimney up to place a C3 a foot or two up and right for the other rope. Then you get to come down and chill out until you're ready to blast off. There is some run out on more moderate climbing toward the middle of the route and some dirty but fun jug and edge hauling up high. Good climb... deserves a more serious protection rating and more stars. Mar 21, 2014
Stone Ridge, NY
[Hide Comment] This climb is so much better than it looks from the ground, and climbs so differently than you'd expect. Apr 27, 2014
Caz Drach
C'Wood, UT
[Hide Comment] The critical side pull is gone now. It has broken off...look for the gaston move into finger pocket May 26, 2015