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a. The Uberfall

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a. The Uberfall Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Uberfall on a typical summer day.

Along the Cliff 

next area: Jackie


Major Features: The Uberfall is the first section of rock you encounter as you walk north from the steel bridge that separates the Trapps from the Nears. On most in-season weekend days, a Preserve ranger is parked at the Uberfall, and it's a very social area.

Lest you think the Uberfall is named for the trickle (or, in season, the pouring) of water that descends down the escarpment here, Dick Williams wrote in his 1991 guide: The Uberfall acquired its name, according to Fritz Weissner in a 1960 Appalachia article, from 'the method used in the descent of letting oneself, with outstretched arms, fall across the four-foot gap between the massif and a huge block (Susie A) above the road'.

For our purposes, routes in this section include the beginning of the cliff -- the big whitish face you pass closest to, just where the carriage road takes a slight turn, is Katzenjammer. We'll end the Uberfall section just past the striking, right-leaning crack, Ken's Crack. The very last route in this section is the corner system of Trapped Like a Rat, which starts with a left-leaning hand crack, just behind the kiosk, the Hans Krauss plaque, and is almost directly across from the vault toilet (the "Uberpooper"). The next section is b. Jackie and friends.

There are two landmarks within the Uberfall: the Gerdie Block is a huge block leaning against the cliff with the routes Herdie Gerdie, Dirty Gerdie, and Nurdie Gerdie (aka Dogs in Heat); on the block's right side is the short crack of Red Cabbage.

Just below the carriage road across from Nosedive is another big block -- the Mental Block. It contains one of the Gunks' true crack lines, Sonja, and several other harder cracks, which face the road.

Approach: Most Uberfall routes start almost directly from the carriage road. A trail runs along the cliff between The Brat and the Gerdie Block.

Descents from most routes involves walking off; most Uberfall routes are single-pitch. Closer to the very beginning, you'll be able to walk back and scramble down behind the cliff. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Uberfall Descent, which provides the walkoff for the majority of Uberfall routes as well as many beyond it.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

77 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',44],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in a. The Uberfall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for a. The Uberfall:
Uberfall Descent   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, 25'   
Bunny   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Horseman   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Double Chin   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
No Picnic   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Boston   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Rhododendron   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Pony Express   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Eyesore   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Laurel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Trapped Like a Rat   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ken's Crack   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Shit or Go Blind   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Apoplexy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Nosedive   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Retribution   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Coronary   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Nurdie Gerdie (aka Dogs in Heat)   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
No Solution   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Stupid Crack   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing up to the crux

Apoplexy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  New York : The Gunks : ... : a. The Uberfall
This great route has a bit of everything on it, from scary face climbing with little pro, to a well-protected crux at the end. Start up the face ten feet right of Horseman and aim for a small loose flake. Heaven help the person that falls on the gear placed behind it - it would rip right off the wall! From here you can either escape right to a tree, or climb the real route and head up the roof on the left. Put your game face on, because there are a couple of balancy moves before you get ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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Rock Climbing Photo: CC Route is the crack on the left.  Note: the clim...
BETA PHOTO: CC Route is the crack on the left. Note: the clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the top of Boston
Nearing the top of Boston
Rock Climbing Photo: Ken's Crack on a cold day.
BETA PHOTO: Ken's Crack on a cold day.
Rock Climbing Photo: Laurel is the left crack with climber at the ancho...
BETA PHOTO: Laurel is the left crack with climber at the ancho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nosedive on the right, Retribution on the left. No...
BETA PHOTO: Nosedive on the right, Retribution on the left. No...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Dirty Gerdie
Looking up Dirty Gerdie
Rock Climbing Photo: Uberfall on the weekend
Uberfall on the weekend

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By Eric Lutz
Feb 21, 2016
Curious why Eyesore doesn't rate a spot here? Climbed it today, still think it's a good time!
Feb 22, 2016
Eyesore is in the list of routes to the left on this page -- its entry is here. If you mean 'why isn't it listed as a 'classic climbing' route?', the answer is that the 'classic climbing' list is chosen not by humans but by an algorithm of MP software, according to stars and number of ratings. Go add a star, if you adore it!
By losbill
Sep 9, 2016
Julie, under the heading of letting no good deed go unrecognized, thank your for all your hard work in making the Gunks section of MP such a valuable resource!
Sep 14, 2016
aww, thanks :). It's a good outlet for my need to tinker.

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