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By WillamR
Feb 6, 2013

Hey all,

I've been climbing about a year now, and I'm more than obsessed. I don't have many people to climb with, but I have a rope and top rope rack. I'll hopefully be learning to make gear anchors in late March or early April with a guide, but if I can find a mentor perhaps that can be avoided ;).

I'm stoked to learn and try every form of climbing, but as a New Yorker who has a lot of friend and family ties to New Paltz, trad is the next step. I'd be extremely grateful to climb with anyone who is willing to teach me. I'm a bit wary because my current partner is still new to trad and we're young and a bit reckless, so it would be good to learn from multiple sources.

I will hopefully have a research internship in Mohonk Preserve this summer, so I will be availible whenever possible come may. I go to school in Binghamton now, and I am trying to convince a few people to take a few trips to the Gunks with me later in the semester, but we'll see how it goes!

Cheers!
Will

Edit: Just to share where I am right now, I can top rope up to about 5.8 in Peterskill, set top rope anchors using static line, and I also cook like a fiend -Just let me know the dish and you'll get dinner for your services!


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

PM sent. :)


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By Michael C
From New Jersey
Feb 6, 2013
Base of Main Flow, The Narrows.

pm sent


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By WillamR
Feb 6, 2013

I love the internet.

You guys rock!


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

Now we wait for warmth. lol


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By Unassigned User
Feb 9, 2013

Hi Will,
Hit me up as well. I and several friends of mine try to hit the Gunks as much as we can summers. SOme of us were novices and have been coming up thru the ranks well learning skills, etc.

You're welcome to join me/us. We all climb well together, always try to have fun - don't let ego's get in the way of climbing, always try and climb and belay safe as well. We try not to take outselves too seriously BUT - we do strive to improve on our skills and climb better and harder routes still.

You'd be more than welcome to join in. I am from near Alban, NY area.


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By Sam C
Feb 13, 2013
Gunks - Madame G's hanging belay

This is awesome.

I'm new outdoor climbing as well and I've climbed at Rumney as well as red rocks, gunks, peterskill, west point, and a few other places. Been sport climbing for the past year or so, and would love to learn how to set up anchors and gear placement for trad. If u guys ever set up something please let me know as well. I'm from the nyc area.


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By Unassigned User
Feb 13, 2013

Well,
You can keep in touch with many of us on here as summer approaches about meeting down in the Gunks and such for the day.


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By Sam C
Feb 13, 2013
Gunks - Madame G's hanging belay

Yes, I will keep track of the section in the forums.

Thanks again MP!


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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Feb 15, 2013
Photo by Tony Lopez

Will,
I live in New Paltz and climb every week when the weather is good(sometimes even when it's not.) Hit me up with a PM if you're strung for a partner. I have a full rack with a few doubles, etc.


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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Feb 15, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on

Simon is a good partner, you'll learn a lot, be safe, and have a great time climbing! He kind of smells bad, but you'll get used to it...just kidding, ha ha


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By Simon Thompson
From New Paltz, NY
Feb 15, 2013
Photo by Tony Lopez

Ben Brotelho wrote:
Simon is a good partner, you'll learn a lot, be safe, and have a great time climbing! He kind of smells bad, but you'll get used to it...just kidding, ha ha


Haha you're just jealous you can't smell as manly as me


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