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f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's)

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f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's) Rock Climbing 


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BETA PHOTO: Minty approach trail (pine tree on right and small...

Peregrine Closure 2017 

The closure for peregrine nesting goes from Tough Shift (right end of the Mac Wall), all the way to Immaculate Virgin (just before the Mantel Block, Raunchy and V-3). This includes the entire Guides' Wall area.

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last area: The Mac Wall | next area: V3 - Middle Earth

Description 

Major Features: This area features the largest collection of easy multi-pitch routes: Beginner's Delight, Minty, Hawk, Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst, and Northern Pillar, among others. For that reason, you'll often find local guides busy at work around here, especially at the short wall near the base of Finger Locks or Cedar Box.

This area starts with the huge, right-facing orange corner of Asphodel, and continues past Beginner's Delight, Snooky's Return, Minty, Hawk, and the area's centerpiece route, Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst, which aims right up the middle of the massive orange buttress. To the right, the area includes the routes just before, and in the alcove to the left of, the Mantle Block, a large block leaning against the cliff with a 4' roof extending across it.

Approach: Asphodel and neighboring routes can also be reached by the trail leading to Welcome to the Gunks.
The main approach for the middle of this area is this trail, which leads you right up to Minty, which you can recognize through the trees by the large blocks at its base (pic of trail will appear in the spring). Further north is the Mme G's trail.

Descent: There is a bolted rappel line on the rightnorth side of the Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst buttress; a bit of scrambling is necessary to get down to it. Many routes also have intermediate tree anchors.

The bolts over Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst are a short, easy scramble down from the clifftop; they are located on the front side of a large block towards the front of the buttress itself. See the picture under the Mme G's route, which shows what you're looking for. "Back in the day", this rappel used to go from the large tree on the very front corner of the buttress, and getting into position to rappel was ... airy. Even now, it's mostly free-hanging. Two ropes will get you to the ground, or there are a second set of bolts mid-cliff for use with one rope.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',19],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',3],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for f. The Guides' Wall (Madame G's):
Northern Pillar   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   
Beginner's Delight   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Minty   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Southern Pillar   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
Tipsy Trees   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
Hawk   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 290'   
Asphodel   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Triple Bulges   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Finger Locks or Cedar Box   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Madame Grunnebaum's Wulst   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 210'   
Son of Bitchy Virgin   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   
Immaculate Virgin   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
Peregrine   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 260'   
Columbia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Snooky's Return   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches   
Hyjek's Horror   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Friends and Lovers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   
Le Teton   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Beatle Brow Bulge   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Tetonia   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Madame G's approach trail.  The next trail is ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Bitchy Virgin approach trail (note immense boulder...
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Rock Climbing Photo: About to rap from the top of Madame G's
About to rap from the top of Madame G's
Rock Climbing Photo: P1 of Beginner's Delight
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Rock Climbing Photo: Start of Snooky's Return (5.8 variation - the 5.7 ...
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Rock Climbing Photo: The giant dihedral of Asphodel
BETA PHOTO: The giant dihedral of Asphodel
Rock Climbing Photo: The Madame G's buttress. The route ascends the mid...
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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Jul 5, 2017
"Guides Wall" is an euphemism, not a posted sign. Climb there as you would any other section of wall in the Gunks following the same well established ethics and etiquette.

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