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By Mark O'Neal
From Nicholson, GA
Apr 15, 2013
1st trad lead - Northern Pillar at the Gunks
We climbed at Laurel Knob recently and are looking for some route info.
We attempted two routes slightly up and left from the P3 anchors on Central Pillar. The left route has three bolts in sight and the right route has two bolts in sight but are missing the hangers.

Laurel Knob Central Pillar P3 anchors - Routes abo...
Laurel Knob Central Pillar P3 anchors - Routes above and left


We also climbed the route in between Stemming Laurel and Central Pillar. The Select guide lists it as a Fishesser project with a 10b first pitch. We found P1/P2 to be more like 5.9 and the 2nd pitch anchors go straight up instead of off to the left like the Select guide topo shows. P3 continues up but we didn't do it.

Anyone know what these are?

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By nbrown
From western NC
Apr 15, 2013
Top of Shortoff with the Bonsai
Mark,

Those 2 pitches in your picture are my doing. Basically I tried to climb the groove first, but after I realized it was gonna be a lot harder than first thought, I ended up climbing the thing to the left, which goes free at maybe 11b/c. Never thought enough of it to write it up though - so no name.

The Fischesser route is really fun and leads up to that upper pitch (or the belay on stemming laurel) if you climb pitch 3. P-3 is easier but way runout and could probably use some better pro and or maybe a bolted belay below the un-named bulge.

By all means feel free to put the hangers back on that other groove (and maybe add another bolt) and give it a go.

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By Mark O'Neal
From Nicholson, GA
Apr 15, 2013
1st trad lead - Northern Pillar at the Gunks
Thanks for the info. Knowing it's 11 b/c will make us all feel better about getting shutdown on it.

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