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Feb 1, 2017
How much snow is on the ground? Looking to boulder at the Trapps on Sunday. John Doe
Joined Sep 16, 2014
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Feb 13, 2017
Bump. Any updates on how much snow the Gunks got in the last few days? John Doe
Joined Sep 16, 2014
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Feb 13, 2017
climbingweather.com/New-York/G...

weather.gov/crh/snowfall
Klimbien
From St.George Orem Denver Vegas
Joined Apr 22, 2009
130 points
Feb 13, 2017
Close to a foot of snow everywhere. Deeper in wind-blown drifts. Gunkiemike
Joined Jul 29, 2009
1,850 points
Feb 13, 2017
Bring a shovel, broom and a tarp. Tylerpratt
From Litchfield, Connecticut
Joined Feb 25, 2016
0 points
Feb 13, 2017
Any guesses for the conditions next Sunday? Adam Gellman
From Jersey City
Joined Mar 8, 2015
115 points
Feb 14, 2017
Martinez Cave will be dry if that's within your wheelhouse. Happy to meet up and hike there together Nivel Egres
From New York, NY
Joined Dec 10, 2014
0 points
Feb 14, 2017
Weather is gonna be great this weekend, but there's also going to be a lot of melting action on the cliff and along the trails. Get sloppy, expect wet spots, and stay safe.

I'll post an update this week if any conditions change
lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Joined Apr 1, 2009
175 points
Feb 15, 2017
But if there's a foot of snow on top of the roof, won't the last few moves of cataclysms edge be wet? John Doe
Joined Sep 16, 2014
28 points
Feb 15, 2017
John Doe wrote:
But if there's a foot of snow on top of the roof, won't the last few moves of cataclysms edge be wet?

Yeah I decided that it's too much hiking to find that the top out is wet :)
Nivel Egres
From New York, NY
Joined Dec 10, 2014
0 points
Feb 16, 2017
I'm thinking about showing up Sunday for some routes. It will hit 50 degrees! Tylerpratt
From Litchfield, Connecticut
Joined Feb 25, 2016
0 points
Feb 16, 2017
Going up monday. Will hike if everything is soaked but psyched to get a day of climbing in february after getting a couple in january Rob D.
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined May 18, 2011
30 points
Feb 16, 2017
Rather fun skiing this afternoon Thursday on the carriage roads. Still plenty of snow cover both on and off those forest roads.

Breakable crust on Undercliff carriage road (goes under the Trapps climbing routes) - because not groomed for skiing. Hard surface for fast skating on the (groomed, but not recently) Overcliff carriage road - around the northwest side of the Trapps ridge.
. . (Oakwood Drive carriageway was newly groomed this afternoon).

Maybe I'll be out skiing again on Sunday.

Ken
kenr
Joined Oct 29, 2010
7,348 points
Feb 17, 2017
kenr wrote:
Rather fun skiing this afternoon Thursday on the carriage roads. Still plenty of snow cover both on and off those forest roads. Breakable crust on Undercliff carriage road (goes under the Trapps climbing routes) - because not groomed for skiing. Hard surface for fast skating on the (groomed, but not recently) Overcliff carriage road - around the northwest side of the Trapps ridge. . . (Oakwood Drive carriageway was newly groomed this afternoon). Maybe I'll be out skiing again on Sunday. Ken


I don't know anything about skiing but is 60 degrees really ideal?
Rob D.
From Brooklyn, NY
Joined May 18, 2011
30 points
Feb 17, 2017
How much snow is on the ground? Its supposed to be a very warm weekend, Im just not sure how much still needs to melt. Thinking about climbing Sundayand maybe let Saturday be a melt day? Ken Carrara
From Holtsville, NY
Joined Mar 21, 2015
235 points
Feb 17, 2017
I would worry about any ice and rock on the cliff coming down, mostly during the initial days of the thaw. Add the slushy cliff bottom conditions and my advice would be to wait. By the following weekend most of the snow will be gone and any loose stuff hopefully will have found its way down. Early Spring conditions (effectively what we're about to see) has its risks. Because the uberfall cliff gets climbed a lot, gets more sun, and is shorter than much of the remaining trapps, I'd suspect that would be the ideal place to climb this weekend if one were so inclined. Not without those risks, but the place where it would be minimized. Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Joined Jul 10, 2010
1,361 points
Feb 17, 2017
Ken Carrara wrote:
How much snow is on the ground? Its supposed to be a very warm weekend, Im just not sure how much still needs to melt. Thinking about climbing Sundayand maybe let Saturday be a melt day?


Bring a tarp and a rope bag imho
Tylerpratt
From Litchfield, Connecticut
Joined Feb 25, 2016
0 points
Feb 18, 2017
Any updates from today?

Was thinking about heading over tomorrow for some (hopefully) dry rock. I've got not so fun memories of being pelted by melting ice at the beginning of last years season though.
Chris Reyes
From Montclair, NJ
Joined Nov 20, 2014
0 points
Feb 18, 2017
There will certainly be snow/slush on the carriage road and the ground, but there should be enough dry rock to have fun. I was up skiing today and saw at least a few parties climbing and the trapps were surprisingly dry.

There will probably be some falling ice, though it might not get below freezing tonight, so maybe not.
Michael89 Wolff
Joined Dec 27, 2015
0 points
Feb 18, 2017
I'm down to do some trad climbing if anyone wants to meet up. I have a rack, but I'm fairly inexperience on lead. I think I can lead around 5.7 or 5.8 and follow into the ten range (at the Gunks, specifically).

Any takers?
bobbyd
Joined Mar 5, 2016
0 points
Feb 18, 2017
I was out today, got in 4 pitches and 10k of skiing. Rock is ok.......depending where you climb. We didn't get past the Uberfall, and routes were all dry. Beyond that, expect a mixed bag - there's still snow covering the GTL and seepage is inevitable in many places.

Note that the Stairmaster is closed, only parking is at West Trapps.

Tarp for keeping gear out of snow and boots for walking Undercliff highly recommended.

DL
lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Joined Apr 1, 2009
175 points
Feb 19, 2017
Fun time out snow-skating this morning on the carriage roads up by Lake Mohonk and Skytop, but I'd guess that worthwhile skiing is now finished for a few days. Snow got way soft + sloppy by early afternoon.

Wonderful + special skiing the Gunks as always -- but so few days in recent years that each day feels precious. Glad I got the opportunity today.

Ken
kenr
Joined Oct 29, 2010
7,348 points
Feb 20, 2017
I was out yesterday. Carriage road was slushy. Lots of climbable routes. Seepage in some spots. Plenty of people out. Bring boots for the road. It's likely to be slushy or muddy. neils
Joined May 17, 2016
0 points
Administrator
Feb 20, 2017
Wear boots; carriage road and bases of many routes have snow. Or at least they did yesterday. Plenty of seepage -- many routes that are often damp are now pouring. Never Never Land was a river. V-3 was seeping all over.

Here's a recent pic
JSH
Joined Apr 3, 2007
873 points
Feb 24, 2017
Word is things are melting VERY quickly. Climbers yesterday reported little problems with snow at the bottom or on the climbs. Pictures I saw indicate the walls are now completely dry in places as well. Looks like the Gunks climbing season is officially open (with zero long term cold and no snow in near or long term forecasts). Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Joined Jul 10, 2010
1,361 points
Feb 24, 2017
Kevin Heckeler wrote:
Word is things are melting VERY quickly. Climbers yesterday reported little problems with snow at the bottom or on the climbs. Pictures I saw indicate the walls are now completely dry in places as well. Looks like the Gunks climbing season is officially open (with zero long term cold and no snow in near or long term forecasts).



I climbed yesterday it was great. But, seepage is so very real right now in some places its crazy. The updraft gully of CCK was a fucking waterfall and there are literal rivers and ponds in a lot of places. I've never seen the crack next to Kens crack have so so so much water. Literal actual river going down there and yes I know its wet there but it was realllyy flowing. A couple of the rap routes are absolutely drenched with puddles at the bottom that are great for getting your rope soaked.

Nevertheless, It was an amazing day of climbing and I would be there today in a fucking second if I didn't have a bunch of work to do!
Tylerpratt
From Litchfield, Connecticut
Joined Feb 25, 2016
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