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Betty - Multi Pitch Rock Climb

Day at the Gunks Right to left: Lovena, Richard, Alisa & Nicole

Betty (5.3)
Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches
Jackie and Friends, The Trapps, The Gunks

Such a stellar day for my first trad lead in the Gunks! I've second several routes at the Gunks, but this was my first time leading at the Gunks and it was a most memorable day for me! I lead the 1st pitch of Betty and Nicole lead the 2nd pitch. For the second pitch we took the variation up instead of the chimney. At the finish there were a lot of horizontal cracks which makes the rock look like its stacked - these made for lots of good hand jams! A route doesn't have to be a 'crack climb' in order to utilize its crack(s) as a hold. If you know how to jam, it can make a lot of the climbs easier.

Richard and Alisa paired up to climb Belly Roll and Easy Overhang. Afterwards the four of us checked out Rock and Snow as well as the Rock and Snow Annex. Then sat down for drinks and dinner at the Schazti's Pub & Bier Garden of New…

The Gunks – Multi pitch rock climb

Belly Roll (5.4) 120 ft, 2 pitches Jackie and Friends
Betty (5.3) 150 ft, 2 pitches Jackie and Friends
Twin Oaks (5.3) 190 ft, 2 pitches The Guides Wall
This weekend was a meetup event with the Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England Meetup group! The newly opened Shawangunks Gateway Campground opened for business just weeks before and everything was shiny and new! We pulled into camp Friday night and expected to climb both Saturday and Sunday. But Sunday was a washout so we packed up and headed out in the morning. As for climbing at the Gunks, Saturday was a fun day climbing with Geoff. A sunny, warm day with windy finishes at the tops.
Geoff and I started off with Belly Roll and that “squeeze” through the large crack was, I felt, pretty awkward as well as comical. I slipped and fell on my bad knee on the first pitch of Betty. It was a pretty hard fall on my knee, I wanted to cry but forced myself not to. I had to figure out how to get up that slick section without hurting my…

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).