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Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : No Glow (5.9)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: The rappel slings that used to be on the pine tree on the GT are gone (probably to protect the tree). We walked climbers left (60? ft.) to a tree station on Andrew and rapped with doubles to the ground. Didn't notice if a single rope rapp would work.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Traverse of the Clods (5.9 PG13) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: This awesome pic shows both cruxes:

1. Stepping up from where the belayer is to get onto the traverse ledge.
2. Stretching across space on tiny fingers to complete the traverse when the ledge peters out.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Traverse of the Clods (5.9 PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: The beta for this great route is excellent and Tricia's pics are outstanding...BUT... you need to read everything including the picture captions and look at the pics carefully (unless you're a bad-ass).

Study this Key Picture.

IMHO the optional belay is primarily for moral support. I had no trouble skipping it. You may also prefer not to have your second watch as you vacillate and tremble.

3 of the 4 climbers I watched traversed too low at the end of P2 and got stuck. The mo... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Modern Times (5.8+)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: Schwag alert! There's a nice fat nut stuck at the P2 crux.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Modern Times (5.8+) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: Perfect! Harold would have been a great rock climber.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Modern Times (5.8+)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 23, 2015

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Comments: A large cam is very reassuring as you move through the P2 crux. #4 works but a #5 fits with less fiddling.
The High Exposure rappel station (climbers right) gets you down in 3 single rope or 1 double rope rapps.


Location: MN : Crane Lake (MN/CA border) : Browns Bay
By: Kurtz When: Aug 15, 2015

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Comments: A really pretty crag and relatively clean for the area. We wanted to TR the left side. The first issue was getting to the top of the cliff. We tied our boat way left of the cliff and bushwhacked up. The next issue was keeping the rope out of the water. The heavier person (me) retreated to the boat (small aluminum houseboat tender) and positioned it near the line. The lighter person (daughter) rappelled off with the rope in stirrups. The water was too shallow to get directly underneath so ... more >>


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Diamond Ledge : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jul 30, 2015

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Comments: Is that a child or a doll? (I think I need a new monitor)


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : Right Side : AMC Route (5.8)
By: Kurtz When: Jul 25, 2015

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Comments: We TR'ed it and, maybe I'm getting soft, but I thought it was pretty darn stiff for the grade (especially the start and the finish). If one gets sketched at the top, you can escape right to easier climbing.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Lonely Challenge (5.5)
By: Kurtz When: Jul 24, 2015

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Comments: I thought P1 was pretty stiff for the grade. The birch tree is very short and now dead. We accepted the challenge and continued to the top, linking P2 and P3 in one 60m pitch. It was hard to tell where the official route went so I just followed the most "appealing" line and tried to drag my second over as much loose rock and lichen as possible. Alpine feel, indeed!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : a. Beginning of cliff to Ge... : Le Plie (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: Jul 24, 2015

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Comments: The rat's nest of slings has been replaced with static rope. Also, this route should be called "Deep Squat". Stretch a bit before starting up.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Sixish (5.5) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jul 22, 2015

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Comments: The yellow blaze is quite high and hard to spot. If you reach the East Trapps Connector Trail (aka The Stairmaster), you've gone too far.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jul 1, 2015

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Comments: My least favorite trail, especially to descend. The Thin Slabs trail is only a short ways south and much easier/safer.


Location: CA : Yosemite National Park : Yosemite Valley : Half Dome : Snake Dike (5.7 R)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 25, 2015

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Comments: Has any normal human tried Dean Potter's alternate approach? rockandice.com/lates-news/dean...


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Red's Ruin (5.2)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 21, 2015

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Comments: You have to traverse quite far left on P3 after climbing the left-facing corner. Otherwise, you end up on P3 of Snowpatch which has a 5.5 PG crux at the left end of the big overhang. The picture in the back of the Grey Dick is helpful.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : h. The Arrow Wall - CCK : Easy Verschneidung (Easy V) (5.3)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 21, 2015

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Comments: It's easy to stop too soon on P3. It seems you're at the top then, after you build your anchor, you notice there's another 25 ft. of climbing.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Ragged Mountain : Main Cliff : Juniper Wall (5.7+) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jun 3, 2015

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Comments: Be careful placing gear as shown in this pic. The block is now loose.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Ragged Mountain : Main Cliff : Wishbone (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: May 31, 2015

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Comments: Tons of loose stone at the top (especially early season). Helmets for everyone!


Location: CT : Central Valley : Ragged Mountain : Main Cliff : Juniper Wall (5.7+)
By: Kurtz When: May 31, 2015

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Comments: Warning! Just before the juniper tree, there's a big, loose block. It's not really obvious but resist the temptation to place pro behind it. See this picture.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : e. The Mac Wall (Something ... : MF (5.9)
By: Kurtz When: May 16, 2015

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Comments: Every conceivable hold (on or off-route) is absolutely slathered in chalk. Bring a brush!


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Talus of Powder (5.8)
By: Kurtz When: May 10, 2015

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Comments: The TofP isn't terribly licheny now. There is a clear path left and right. I thought the start was crux #1 and not well-protected.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Alley Oop (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: May 10, 2015

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Comments: When rapping off P2, the chains at the top of P1 are quite far to the right! The ends of your 60m rope will just reach another rapp station on a pine tree growing out of the cliff. You can rapp again from this tree (traversing right) back the start.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : V-3 (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: May 10, 2015

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Comments: There is no rappel station anywhere near the top of P3. We had to walk far left to Madam G's. Bring some webbing and rings!


Location: CT : Central Valley : Rattlesnake Mountain : Porcupine Wall : Barbed Wire (5.4 R) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Apr 26, 2015

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Comments: The topo line is a guess. Let me know of any corrections required.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Rattlesnake Mountain : Porcupine Wall : Lower Right Crack (5.8-) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Apr 24, 2015

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Comments: Let me know if this isn't the correct line.


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