Sunday, July 6, 2014

Minty - Multi-pitch Rock Climbing



Minty (5.4)
230 feet, 3 pitches
The Gunks (Shawangunks)
Mohonk Preserve, NY

What a difference a year makes! Although that day a year ago wasn’t what I expected, it was a day that I would never forget. And will try not to repeat! So when Geoff and Jeff invited me to tag along for a day at the Gunks, I was skeptical. But I had been ice and rock climbing with them for several months now, so I felt comfortable seconding them. As expected, it was crowded and as the day wore on, the popular routes had queues! Enjoy some photos of our day at the Gunks.


Jeff leading up Minty

My turn!

At the belay ledge I found an old piton in addition to my anchor

Jeff and I on the belay ledge

Pretty view from the belay ledge

Geoff leading up pitch 2

Belay ledge selfie

My turn! This section up the face is so sweet, but short!

Geoff leading pitch 3

After a few minutes of searching, we found the tree on the GTLedge
(which already had slings and a rap ring) to rap down on (3).



Originally we wanted to climb Northern Pillar but there was a party already climbing and two more other parties waiting their turn. So we started up the Twin Oaks (5.3). 

But we didn’t climb the second pitch of Twin Oaks.
Instead, leader Geoff traversed left to a tree on a ledge. 

We finished off the climb on pitch 3 of Northern Pillar. Then rapped down from bolt anchors on a large boulder.  Free-rapping fun on two 60m ropes! It was such a beautiful day for some mellow multi-pitch climbs. The routes were fun with sections of rock scrambling and I got to climb with folks I enjoy climbing with. Also, love The Gunks – great one-to-three-pitch climbs of all levels of difficulty!

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