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Location: CT : Central Valley : East Peak : Merimere Face : Thor's Hammer (5.9)
By: Kurtz When: 3 days ago

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Comments: Cleaned up the bird poop and a lot of the poison ivy at the base. Should be in great condition until next Spring.


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : The Slab : Going Vertical (5.5) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Oct 16, 2014

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Comments: I've updated the topo.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Easy Keyhole (5.2)
By: Kurtz When: Oct 13, 2014

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Comments: I'm 99% sure we climbed Easy Keyhole but the beta doesn't quite line up with what we experienced. I climbed all the way up to the top of a pedestal with a massive boulder perched upon it (like a golf ball on a tee). Building an anchor was the crux of the climb. There was some very old webbing under the boulder that would have been very awkward to use. To create an anchor I had to downclimb the backside (sketchy) and climb up the main wall a ways to build a gear anchor. Then climb back to th... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Fancy Idiot (5.6)
By: Kurtz When: Oct 8, 2014

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Comments: Sorry, guys. I liked it (but I'm not very picky). Great route name. You have to walk off if you do P2.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Eyesore (5.6)
By: Kurtz When: Oct 8, 2014

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Comments: The Radcliffe Walk-off is a lot of fun. No harder than the Uberfall.

Spoiler Alert: There's a big inset block about 2/3 of the way up (just above a pin) that is loose. I don't think it will ever come out but it'll certainly get your attention when it rocks forward 1/2".


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : a. The Uberfall : Katzenjammer (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: Oct 8, 2014

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Comments: Blast holes? We looked hard and found none...except one high up that is not
visible from the ground. Would someone pls post a pic of the start?


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : f. The Guides' Wall (Madame... : Southern Pillar (5.4)
By: Kurtz When: Sep 29, 2014

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Comments: Definitely NOT for beginning leaders (the easiest line wanders around bushes in the middle of P2) or timid seconds (P2 is very exposed for the grade). The Grey Dick says 5.2 s/b 5.5 That said, I loved it!

Try Northern Pillar for beginners.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Cathole Mountain : Southern Wall : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Aug 30, 2014

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Comments: That's because I'm a classy guy! 20 lb. dog butt included for scale.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Cathole Mountain : Southern Wall
By: Kurtz When: Aug 29, 2014

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Comments: I cannot stress enough how much LOOSE ROCK is in this area (at the top, at the bottom and on the routes). I suggest starting with everyone at the top. Build an anchor and clean the routes top-down on rappel before attempting to climb. Belay well off to the side, wear a helmet, and keep everyone out of the fall lines.


Location: International : North America : Canada : Nova Scotia : Sandy Cove Bouldering
By: Kurtz When: Aug 27, 2014

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Comments: My daughter and I spent a couple of hours here and had a blast! We were vacationing in the area and our new friends at Climb Nova Scotia turned us on to this place. Sweet!


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : Right Side : Hollywood (5.9) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Aug 2, 2014

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Comments: Not 100% sure of topo. Corrections solicited.


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : Lower Cliff : Route 2 (5.8- PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 2, 2014

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Comments: Does anyone know the real name of this route?


Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : Lower Cliff : Route 1 (5.7 PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Aug 2, 2014

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Comments: Does anyone know the real name of this route?


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : a. Beginning of cliff to Ge... : Baskerville Terrace (5.7 PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Jul 20, 2014

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Comments: IMHO the P1 crux (Photo) was pretty darn stiff for 5.7. Fell on a gold BD nut (it's still there). Was glad I took the time to place it well. Second attempt I went up on the right side which seemed easier.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Shitface (5.10b/c R)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: Beware of Poison Ivy patch in the rocks near the start.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : b. Gelsa to Moe (closure) : Roseland (5.9)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 30, 2014

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Comments: Beware of Poison Ivy patch in the rocks near the start.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : g. V3 - Middle Earth : Snake (5.7 PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 23, 2014

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Comments: Agree with all prev. comments. P2 is pretty stiff for the grade; lots of crumbly lichen, moss, dirt, sod, dead branches. A bit of cleaning with your nut tool will expose some usable cracks. There is a rapp station on a tree 10 ft. left of the top.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : Jane (5.7+) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: MP says the left crack; Grey Dick says the right.
I say screw 'em both!
Pick the crack you like!


-The Bard


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : d. Strictly - Shockley's : Gorilla My Dreams (5.7)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: I believe GMD's corner is precisely at the end of the Calisthenic roof (not the other right-facing corner 20 ft further right). The Grey Dick mentions a crack starting 5 ft off the ground, but we couldn't find it. P1 as described here is very short (35 ft?).

Linking P1 & P2 worked well. About 180 ft. total. Bring lots of gear and some long slings. There is no one correct path up the face, just look for gear and aim for the laurel bush. The blocky corner can be wet but the holds are good. A... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : Jane (5.7+)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: I've finished both ways and it's much better IMHO to go to the 2nd tree. The moves on the on the upper face are thin and exciting. Too bad the route isn't longer.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : b. Jackie and friends : The Blackout (5.9-)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 15, 2014

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Comments: The description seems to indicate that you go right around the both roofs on P2. Is this correct? I found it seriously sketchy on the right side of the first one. Tough moves and no pro. I backtracked and went around the left side. Then hand traversed under the second roof to its right side. This Photo mentions the hand traverse and you can see the first overhang beneath her.

The Grey Dick seems a bit muddled too.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Ragged Mountain : Main Cliff : Left Edge (5.6 PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 2, 2014

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Comments: The first piece is a bit high. Sling the large hemlock if this bothers you.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Ragged Mountain : Main Cliff : Broadway (5.8)
By: Kurtz When: Jun 1, 2014

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Comments: There's plenty o' pro on the bottom of this route. Look at this Photo. Eleven pieces BELOW the block. Granted they're mostly small nuts and cams, but all good.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Cathole Mountain : Main Walls : Acid Reign (5.6 X) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: May 30, 2014

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Comments: Needed 150 ft of static to reach big trees.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Cathole Mountain : Main Walls : Acid Reign (5.6 X)
By: Kurtz When: May 30, 2014

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Comments: I'm not sure I've got the correct name on this route. Hooked on Traprock calls it "a bad trip" but we found this route to be fun and challenging on TR. There aren't many good TRs for intermediate climbers at Cathole.


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