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GT Ledge Traverse in the Trapps

What do you do when the weather isn’t really cold or safe enough for ice climbing?  What do you do when the weather isn’t really warm or dry enough for rock climbing?  Plenty of answers for both of those questions but, I usually hit up the ole GT Ledge Traverse in the Trapps.  Seems like a once a year affair for me.  It’s always a total blast.  Last year I did it with a client of mine who was totally happy to climb even though it was raining and nasty.  Hey, if you only get a couple of chances to climb in the Gunks a year you do what ya can.

This year it was just cold and nasty.  OK here is what to expect on your adventure.  I like to start by climbing Betty 5.3 past pitch one to the start of the GT Ledge.  I usually traverse into Easy O 5.2 at the start of the second pitch and then merge over to the rap chains on City Lights 5.8.  At this point you are really on the GT Ledge.  Depending on who you are climbing with or what the outside conditions are like you can pitch it out or short pitch the easier sections.  Keep in mind this isn’t really rock climbing at this point and it ain’t a casual stroll either.  Adventure scrambling???  Maybe.  Loose choss, pine needles, down leaves, down trees, mank anchors, rock daggers, dirt, mud, and yes even some fun, exposed sections of climbing will be had.  Anchors can me made at just about any point along the ledge for belaying.  Cool thing is you can bail at just about any point too.  You really want to do this when NOBODY ELSE is climbing below.  Like I said, not good enough for rock, not good enough for ice.  At the end of the day, low and behold you just had a really fun day at the Gunks while everyone else was at Woodbury Commons shopping.  No offense Woodbury.  Your fun on cold, rainy, nasty days too.  Just not as fun!

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