|i. High E
Along the Cliff
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Major Features: Corners! Aretes! and more corners! Oh boy!
This section starts with its namesake route, High Exposure, which starts up a major corner and cleft, heads out onto the adjacent face, and ... I won't spoil the rest here. High E is one of the classic airy Gunks 5.6 routes that you'll remember the rest of your life. Several other, harder classic routes nearby share the High E "money" pitch, including the Directissima arete and Directississima.
To the right of the High E buttress start the many corners featured in this section of cliff. Ants' Line, Bonnie's Roof and Groovy are three corners you shouldn't miss! (and if you like those, make sure you head to the next section for The Spring (P1)).
Uphill from Groovy, you'll find In the Groove, then the gully-to-chimney of Silly Chimney, which marks the northern extent of this area. Past this, you'll see the yellow rock of the Yellow Wall.
Approach: The trail to High E scampers up in between boulder problems (pic to follow) - as you're walking down the carriage road, look for the Twilight Zone roof, then the next huge buttress over a roof features "The Move" of High E.
The next trail down heads up directly to Ants' Line, and can also be used for High E.
Descent: The High E rappel line was one of the first sets of bolts to appear, courtesy of the Mohonk Preserve. It heads down the gully to climber's right of High E; three rappels with one rope (if you're linking the last two raps, watch the rope ends) get you to the ground. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with this rappel.
There is a set of bolts shared by the first pitches of Sleepwalk, Ent Line and Ants' Line.
You can also rappel from the top of Bonnie's Roof (two ropes mandatory - it's free-hanging the entire way) or Ursula (one rope from the top to a mid-cliff station).
The P1 anchor for Ursula, shared by Groovy is my least favorite in situ anchor on the cliff. It's webbing +/- rope wrapped around some very sharp edges; the fixed stuff has to be replaced almost yearly. Caveat emptor.
High Exposure: 5.6+, G-PG
Beyond Good and Evil: 5.11-, PG
Directissima: 5.9, G
Enduro Man's Longest Hangout: 5.11, R
Ridicullissima: 5.10c, PG13
Directississima: 5.10, PG
Lakatakissima: 5.10, R-X
There is a dedicated, one-rope rappel line just north of High E. (**)
First Trapps Chimney: 5.4, G
Buckets Above: 5.9+, G
Third Trapps Chimney: 5.3, G
Obstacle Delusion: 5.10-, PG
Insuhlation: 5.9, PG
Teeny Face: 5.10a
Alpine Diversions: 5.8, G
Missing, But Not Lost: 5.4, G
50-50: 5.5, G
60-40: 5.7, PG
Lichen Forty Winks: 5.7, PG
Sleepwalk: 5.7, PG (**)
Ent Line: 5.10d, G (**)
Ants' Line: 5.9, G (**)
Condemned Man: 5.12-, R
The Throne: 5.12-, PG
Bonnie's Roof: 5.9, G-PG
Knockout Drops: 5.11, R
Ursula: 5.5, PG
Nose Drops: 5.9+, PG
Groovy: 5.9-, G
Space Invaders: 5.10+, PG
In The Groove: 5.6, G
In the Silly: 5.3, G
Slipping Into Incipiency: 5.10, R
Silly Groove: 5.9, PG
Silly Chimney: 5.1, G
23 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for i. High E:
Ursula 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 180'
Sleepwalk 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Groovy 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Ent Line 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
The Throne 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For i. High E
Directississima 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b NY
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Directississima (AKA Doubleissima), is a fantastic crack climb on the right side of the High E buttress. It's well protected, very sustained, and long.Starting at a crack system well right of the arete, climb up to the Directissima ledge and belay (5.8+, some tricky gear); or continue onwards, heading straight up off the middle of the ledge into the meat of the climbing. The crux comes in pulling through a small roof/notch. Belay at the top of the High E buttress and rap just right...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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|By matt matera|
Jun 4, 2012
From the bolts to the right of the summit of High Exposure, three raps on 60m double ropes will get you to the ground.