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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Mar 2, 2013

Get off your asses and get after it! The rock looks mostly dry and it's not too cold out!


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By Logan Schiff
From Brooklyn, NY
Mar 2, 2013

For real? I'm sitting on my couch about to head to the gym. Bummer.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 2, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

Are You climbing today slimeon? Have fun in the Dacks, son!


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By losbill
Mar 2, 2013

Simon -- "Looks mostly dry..." did you climb or boulder, if so how did it go?, or was it just a public service announcement for couch potatoes? We did get out, albeit a bit further north than the Gunks, at Crow Hill. Pretty wet but Buttress to Lizard's Head and CroMag were dry. Dropped ropes and TR'ed, too cold to lead. Definitely feeling worked at the moment!


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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Mar 4, 2013

Today I did Jackie, Belly Roll, Beginners Delight. Almost everything was bone dry and weather is beautiful! I didn't actually climb on Saturday. I just drove up to take a quick look at the moisture level on the cliffs.

Never heard of Crow Hill... what's that like?


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By lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Mar 4, 2013
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Struttin.

Crow Hill sucks so bad it made me move to the Gunks.


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By losbill
Mar 6, 2013

Jackie is always nice no matter the weather. Crow Hill is just like the Gunks but without Lucander! Seriously, it is a good little quality local crag up here in Massachusetts. Despite Lucander's comment there are a couple of routes, although relatively short, that would get a couple of stars at the Gunks for quality.


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Mar 6, 2013

Comparing the Gunks to Crow Hill is like comparing Heidi Klum to Rosanne Barr. One is tall, shapley, and juggy and the other short, squat, and rounded.


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By losbill
Mar 6, 2013

Brian wrote:
Comparing the Gunks to Crow Hill is like comparing Heidi Klum to Rosanne Barr. One is tall, shapley, and juggy and the other short, squat, and rounded.


Brian --- Good one! That got me chuckling here at my desk! But just think if we could stack CroMag, Jane, Intertwine and Thin Line one on top of another .... Bill


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By Brian
From North Kingstown, RI
Mar 6, 2013

losbill wrote:
Brian --- Good one! That got me chuckling here at my desk! But just think if we could stack CroMag, Jane, Intertwine and Thin Line one on top of another .... Bill


Bill, I heard that they got rid of the requirement to sign those silly liability waivers at Crow Hill. Is that true? Although it made my day when one particular gorgeous ranger use to check my waiver form. Is she still patrolling the park?


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By losbill
Mar 6, 2013

Brian --- They have long ago given up on that. How long has it been since you were up. I thought I saw you early last season or perhaps the prior year there. Bit of trivia for you. Not sure the info is correct, just saw it today, but what the hell here goes! --- Bill

What Gunks luminary has a FA at Crow Hill? Bonus points for naming the climb!


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Mar 6, 2013
Rumney

Steve Arsenault, Cro-Magnon.


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By losbill
Mar 6, 2013

Hey Kevin --- Good to see the Daks folks chiming in! Yes Steve is the FA on CroMag, a great guy and a considered a luminary by many. However he isn't a Gunks Luminary in the context in which I'm thinking. Best to Val. Bill


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By Rock Cricket
From Norfolk, CT
Mar 6, 2013
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Anyone know what the Gunks will be like this weekend? Thinkin about heading up Saturday afternoon-Sunday. Friday looks like rain, but Saturday looks beautiful. Sun, almost 50. Thinkin it'll be mostly dry by the time we get there (2ish), and sunday is partly cloudy, 52 - hoping it'll be good. Thoughts?


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By lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Mar 6, 2013
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Struttin.

Put on the skis and did 8-9 miles just down the road at Minnewaska today. Ice in the Catskills is reportedly fat. The Gunks are thawing. This is a great time of year!


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By lucander
From Stone Ridge, NY
Mar 6, 2013
Lucander off the GT Ledge on p. 2 of Keep on Struttin.

losbill wrote:
What Gunks luminary has a FA at Crow Hill? Bonus points for naming the climb!


Henry Barber, but I forgot which climb he did.


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Mar 6, 2013
Rumney

Rock Cricket wrote:
Anyone know what the Gunks will be like this weekend? Thinkin about heading up Saturday afternoon-Sunday. Friday looks like rain, but Saturday looks beautiful. Sun, almost 50. Thinkin it'll be mostly dry by the time we get there (2ish), and sunday is partly cloudy, 52 - hoping it'll be good. Thoughts?


If it snows there Thursday it may be too wet even by Sunday. Things take a while to drain and dry this time of the year. I'm hoping the snow is a bust for that reason. All depends on your desire to lead wet rock I suppose.

Hi Bill, hope to bump into you in the coming months... :)


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 6, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

lucander wrote:
This is a great time of year!


Wut.

I hate Spring!!!! Come back winter :( Supposed to be 44 in Placid this Sunday...ARGHHHH Looks like NFOP it is!


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Mar 6, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

Rock Cricket wrote:
Anyone know what the Gunks will be like this weekend? Thinkin about heading up Saturday afternoon-Sunday. Friday looks like rain, but Saturday looks beautiful. Sun, almost 50. Thinkin it'll be mostly dry by the time we get there (2ish), and sunday is partly cloudy, 52 - hoping it'll be good. Thoughts?



Don't listen to Kevin...haha. Parts of the cliffs will be fine Saturday, and Sunday will be gorgeous!!! Get out there and enjoy some crowd-free climbing.

Wait for Simon to chip in, he'll have some insight as to what might be dry Sat. and Sunday, but I reckon you'll get some great climbing in.


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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Mar 6, 2013

0% rain for saturday and sunday! Get out there and climb! The rock dries in like 2 seconds here. I'll be out there on Sunday and maybe Sat morning!


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By Chris Duca
Administrator
From Havertown, PA
Mar 6, 2013
Finishing up Elusive Dream at the King Wall.  Adirondacks, NY.

Rock Cricket wrote:
Anyone know what the Gunks will be like this weekend?


The Mac Wall dries fast and gets a lot of sun, as does the Frog's Head zone. Much of Lost City is in the sun all day, too. It'll be fine, just go!


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Mar 7, 2013
Rumney

You guys are nuts. The second pitches of climbs are notorious for being soggy in better conditions.

The good news if you believe the forecast is the snow event is going to be nominal (amybe 2 inches) and it will be above freezing for most of the next 3-4 days. Sun won't be out until Saturday though so drying is slow until then.

I've known a lot of people who've driven (as I have) hours to get to the infamous "Gunks dry in half a second" to find 90% of the routes too wet to climb. It's easy for locals, people with endless gas cash streams, and climbing addicts who climb in the pouring rain to suggest otherwise but it doesn't change the reality of whether it will actually make sense to climb this weekend.

Consider the cost of gas, tolls, and possiblty day pass for what isn't a sure thing. Maybe Simon would like to put up a "Gunks guarantee" travel insurance plan, and offer to pay for our expenses if we get there and there's only 20 dry climbs for a 100 climbers... :)

Just sayin'.


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By Rock Cricket
From Norfolk, CT
Mar 7, 2013
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Thanks for all the response. I think we're going.

We both have annual memberships and are only 1 1/2 hours away, so not too worried about cost. I used to go there more often but got into bouldering more where I live. Both of us are nursing injuries due to lots of bouldering haha so I want to work the recovery by getting in mileage on long easy routes.


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By Eric Engberg
Mar 7, 2013

lucander wrote:
Henry Barber, but I forgot which climb he did.


Jane.

Although both Cro-Mag had been climbed way before SA and Hot Henry got to them - they just did the FFA's


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Mar 7, 2013
Rumney

Rock Cricket wrote:
Thanks for all the response. I think we're going. We both have annual memberships and are only 1 1/2 hours away, so not too worried about cost. I used to go there more often but got into bouldering more where I live. Both of us are nursing injuries due to lots of bouldering haha so I want to work the recovery by getting in mileage on long easy routes.


Cool, my membership runs out in 23 days...

If you want long easy routes, try linking the first two pitches of Dennis, Belly Roll, Jackie, RMC, and Betty. They almost feel "alpinish" with 180 feet of rope out. :)

Gas and tolls are $30-ish for me from east of Albany. Been skunked too many times to be bothered anymore heading anywhere if conditions aren't a gurantee. Plus, there's only so many times I can do the same usually dry routes at the Gunks over and over.


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By losbill
Mar 7, 2013

lucander wrote:
Henry Barber, but I forgot which climb he did.


Not exactly who I was thinking of since Crow Hill not the Gunks was Barber's "local crag" but given his time and accomplishments in the Gunks the panel of judges have decided to accept your answer. The climb or climbs anyone?

I am surprised no one has come up with the answer. Maybe it is my idea of a Gunks luminary that is off. I guess it isn't a straight up-and-down answer.

I hesitate to pose another one that I think maybe harder, but ... This climber I also believe "cut his teeth" at Crow Hill but made his mark(s) in more ways than one way, way beyond Crow Hill. Name the climber and the climb.


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