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Location: CT : Western Highlands : Whitestone Cliff : Right Side : AMC Route (5.8)
By: Kurtz When: 4 days ago

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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: 5 days ago

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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: 6 days ago

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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.


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

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Comments: Ben,

There's a route called Barbed Wire 5.4 in Nichols' "Traprock", but I think you climbed the big, vertical crack left of it. It's odd that Nichols did not include this crack because it is very obvious and he usually lists every conceivable route on any given chunk of rock. I'll add Barbed Wire and post some pictures.


Location: CT : Central Valley : Rattlesnake Mountain : Rattlesnake Cliff
By: Kurtz When: Mar 19, 2015

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Comments: Approaching from Forest Hills Dr. is not very good these days. The power line right-of-way is heavily overgrown and flanked by new houses. You can approach from the cul-de-sac to Green Wall and then continue south on the Metacomet Trail but this route can be hard to find your first time. Following the Metacomet Trail from Rt. 6 or Pinnacle is the safest bet.


Location: NY : Catskills (Ice) : Kaaterskill Clove : The Ravines : Buttermilk Falls (WI3-4)
By: Kurtz When: Mar 17, 2015

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Comments: Per my GPS, the approach is just over 3/4 mile. It took us 45 mins. Everyone seems to use a different variation of the trail except where it takes a right up the ravine. Pretty hard to go too far wrong.

To clarify the comment above. The logging road is old and faint, but is the obvious place to walk. It parallels the stream about 35 yds. uphill.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Adirondack Ice Climbing : Gothics : North Face (WI2 Easy Snow PG13)
By: Kurtz When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: On 3/7/15 we climbed the left side of the North Face of Gothics. At the bottom of the bowl, the snow is crusted with deep, very low-friction snow underneath. I have no special avalanche expertise but it worried me enough to skirt around on safer terrain. Luckily, the snow quickly gives way to thin ice, exposed rock, and just enough neve so one can climb to the top without any particular difficulty. Protection is limit to slinging trees so we soloed. Hiking and ski trails are in good shape a... more >>


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Adirondack Ice Climbing : Cascade Pass : Pitchoff Left (WI4)
By: Kurtz When: Mar 9, 2015

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Comments: Great for groups (short approach, decent "standing around" area, moderate ice, short climbs, easy to set top ropes, gets some sun, often sheltered from the wind). Best to put on crampons at the road, approach is usually on ice.

While rated WI4-, it usually feels easier because it sees a lot of traffic and it gets chopped out.


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willard : South Face - Lower : Gully 1 (WI4)
By: Kurtz When: Jan 28, 2015

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Comments: There is a low-angle ramp (WI 1-2) just to the left that can be used to ascend/descend/bypass.

We found it safer to belay on the right side. Ice falling from the top tends to ricochet unpredictably to the left.


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willard : South Face - Upper : Cauliflower Gully (WI2-3) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jan 27, 2015

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Comments: Green shows the easiest approach.
Blue is Gully 1
Orange is Gully 2
Purple is Great Madness


Location: NH : *NH Ice and Alpine Climbing : Mt. Willard : South Face - Lower : Gully 1 (WI4) : Photo
By: Kurtz When: Jan 27, 2015

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Comments: Red = hiking (sometimes steep)
Green = Gully 1
Yellow - WI1-2 ascent/descent gully
Blue = Cauliflower Gully
It's about a 45 min. hike from the summit of Willard down to the train depot near the Highland Center.


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