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Gunks Peak Fall Leaf Peeping, Rock Climbing, and Vulgarians

Russ Clune, Dick Williams, and Jim McCarthy at Rock and Snow

5.3 crack climbing at the farm

Last weekend was pretty crazy in New Paltz.  Rock and Snow had a round table discussion with all the old Vulgarians coming to talk about climbing in the Gunks back in the 50’s and 60’s.  Jim McCarthy, Hot Henry Barber, Dick Williams, Elain Mattews, Rich Goldstone, Claude Suhl and others that I can’t really recall right now all spoke.  Russ Clune moderated the event and great American climbers like Jim Donini and Lynn Hill also showed up to check out our hero’s talk about the Gunks.  I have to say it was really a treat to see everyone go on about what went on back in those days.  Thanks to Rich Gottlieb and the Rock and Snow crew for letting it all happen.  The leafs are really coloring up the ridgeline right now.  It’s pretty sweet to drive out of town and get the huge view of Skytop and the Trapps with the different hues draped along the hills and cliffs.  Mountain Skills Climbing Guides was busy all weekend with groups on the cliff and lots of half day climbing trips going out on Sunday.  This coming week and weekend are sure to bring more slide shows at Rock and Snow and great fall climbing weather.

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