|h. The Arrow Wall - CCK
This is a delightful 5.6, almost as nice as Madame G's or High E. The crux is as exciting as any 5.6 in the Gunks.
The first pitch is easy to locate: Use the same access trail as for CCK, just past the Andrew boulder. At the top of the access trail you'll see an obvious crack/corner system leading straight up. This is about 55' left of the huge Erect Direction corner.
P1: Climb up the face just right of an overhang and head for an obvious anchor on some small trees. Then follow the corner up to the GT Ledge. 5.5, 130'.
P2: Move right on the GT Ledge about 40' (this is the same as the start of the 2nd pitch of Erect Direction) and climb up, diagonaling left, towards a large roof. Once you reach the base of the overhang, look for a fixed pin to the left and place a nut or two to back it up. Now, the crux: cower left, down and around the corner to a stance. This is all balance - no big jugs to save your ass until it's over. Then up through a nice finger crack to the final corner (easier on the right-hand wall) and the top. 5.6, 100'.
If your second falls at the crux, lowering to the GT Ledge may be your only way to get back onto the rock.
Descent: there is a bolted rappel line ~150 feet to the north, which descends over The Last Will Be First. Alternatively, head south to rappel from a big chain over No Glow.
Standard Gunks rack
starting up 2nd pitch
Looks like a weekend...
Unknown climber above the crux on pitch 2 of Moonl...
Contemplating the crux
Rich Gottlieb, just after the crux on P2.
Pitch 1 is a beautiful corner and face climb.
Drifting out towards the difficult section of moon...
Nice view of Pitch 2
Over the crux!
|By Adam Catalano|
From: Albany, New York
Apr 30, 2006
Absolutely a classic climb. Tops High E in my opinion. Stay low through the crux. The crux arete move is a good distance from your last piece, so keep your head about you.
From: Montreal, Quebec
Mar 5, 2007
This is such a thought-provoking climb. Thoughts that were provoked: man, how do I start off? Do I follow that arch? Where's the damned piton? Oh crap, I'm slipped, will that piton hold?
In other words, great climb.
May 30, 2007
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b
Fabulous climb. The P2 business features beautiful rock, nice moves with outstanding exposure and position. I am just not very good at this star thing. In terms of exposure (and feeling exposed) and moves I think Moonlight has it over High E. However I guess it it the truly airy aspect (position) of High E's P3 that gets it the 4th star.
If High E is busy, don't hesitate to do Moonlight. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Nov 16, 2007
great climb, same level as Madame G and just as much fun. Good beta about staying low thru traverse. Easy route to find while climbing. I would give it 3 stars if I could figure out how.
Aug 12, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13
P2 has some of the best climbing I've done in the Gunks. The traverse is well exposed and committing, and so is the face / crack at the top.
I found the first pitch to not be that great, but P2 makes this definitely worth it.
From: The land of steady habits
Oct 30, 2009
we climbed a really wet first pitch of CCK and walked over and did Moonlight P2, next time I'll do first pitch of Erect Direction to get to it. great climb!
Apr 26, 2010
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b
A must do 5.6 in the Gunks. If you think after you clear the traverse, the hardest part is over, you'd be up for some rude awakening. The climb keeps on giving for all 100' of it. Don't forget your pink tricams and stoppers. Exciting lead!
From: Wayne, PA
Jun 20, 2012
I find this a somewhat serious climb for a 5.6. If you blow the traverse on P2, you are looking at an ugly fall back into the corner. The crack is beautiful, though.
|By Andy Laakmann|
From: Bend, OR
Oct 18, 2012
Damn fun second pitch!
Nov 6, 2012
Holy Guacamole, Batman! That was a spicy great 5.6! The start of P1 is much tougher than it looks, but P2 is the bomb. The rock looks suspect at first but improves. The pro is good. Routefinding becomes obvious as you go (Eliminate the impossible; what's left, no matter how scary, is the route). Note that the piton cannot be seen from below. Stepping around that traverse is a real eye-opener. Good feet and I found just enough hands to avoid incontinence. But wait! There's more fun ahead!
From: Lake George, NY
Apr 4, 2013
i havent found a spicier 5.6 at the gunks. Not sure how the first pitch is only 5.5. getting started isn't that easy is it??? and the traverse on the second pitch is a boxer checker for sure. i snuck a purple c4 low to back up the pin but it still felt like it was a while before i got something else in. this is a sleeper classic climb. get on it and get scared.
|By Joe Grossmann|
Apr 30, 2013
P2 can totally rival High-E. A totally different climb, but yet similar. The crux is at the point with the most exposure and same level of exposure like High-E. Just a beautiful, classic climb. Only your last piece is terribly far away at the crux. Spicy for sure ...
Even P1 is worth doing on its own - WAY better than P1 of High-E. Good pitch to put a new 5.5 leader on since it's easy to protect
Jun 13, 2013
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b
This is a great climb from the ground up. P1 is one of those long pitches that just keeps giving. Great holds, moves, and gear all the way to the GT ledge. Then P2 starts the real fun. Some easy climbing up to the roof. The incredible traverse to follow. And then when you think you are in the clear you get some more tricky moves all the way to the top.
Sep 6, 2013
A #4 camalot (or two) could be useful for the P1 crux off the first big ledge. The non-positive moves keep coming for longer than you'd expect for a Gunks 6. Both ledge-hit and swing-hit potential? It's a bit of shock the first thing in the morning. (If you just want to focus on the semi-famous situations of P2, consider leading P1 of Updraft, since most of the rest of Moonlight P1 is fairly easy anyway).
If you only have one #4, consider placing it for the first move into the P1 traverse, then moving it (to reduce ledge-hit + swing-hit potential on the later moves?)
P2 (as gblauer points out) could be a big swing for the leader near the end of the traverse. With a single rope, the exposure might continue for the next thoughtful moves after the P2 traverse -- if the leader refrains from placing pro to avoid exposing the follower to substantial swing. Double-ropes on P2 might help reduce rope drag.
|By Peter Lewis|
From: Bridgton, Maine
Sep 18, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b
The second pitch is stunning. Airy climbing on marble-white rock. The crux traverse is really just a move or two (if in doubt, make another move left) and then comes more nice 5.6 climbing up a little crack. The thing that makes this little route is that looking up off the GT ledge it just appears so unlikely---but it's all there.