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Don’t believe weather reports

Pitch one of Arrow 5.8

Pitch 1 Arrow 5.8

The weather report for the weekend was pretty grim looking.  Friday night got the rain that was predicted and it was foggy in the morning.  I decided to hit the cliff with Roger from Rock and Snow around 12 in the morning to find some dry rock.  What we found was warm temps. and dry rock under dramatic partly cloudy skies.  The clouds were amazing floating by and a partial moon was out and the route selection couldn’t have been better.  We hit the ultra-classic Arrow 5.8 because it dries fast from its exposure.  Man what a good route!  Pitch two has three thoughtful cruxes and the view from the inviting belay ledge is amazing.  Roger and I took our time getting back to our packs and talked about the good snacks we had waiting for us on the ground.  Once back on terra firma we walked over to Silhouette 5.7+R.  The crack on the upper section of the climb was incredible.  What a good long pitch.  Once both of us hit the ledge and decompressed we started talking about ice cream.  That was all it took for or half day mission.  Time to hit New Paltz for some homemade ice cream.  What a Day!!

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