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3 H’s

Hit the cliff with Debby and the 3 H’s.  Hot, hazy, and humid was the call for the day.  We decided to climb some multi-pitch routes in the Near Trapps during the morning and stay close to the ground and in the shade later in the day.  I did the Layback 5.5 as a warm up and to get the coffee shakes out of me.  Next was Yellow Ridge 5.7.  Pitch 3’s exposure is amazing, nothing but air in all directions.  Debby had no problem at all with either route and easily cruised each crux.  We finished the day with Frog’s Head 5.6- and Grease Gun Groove 5.6.

Debbie on pitch 1 of Yellow Ridge 5.7 Near Trapps

The Near Trapps is a nice way to escape the crowds on a busy weekend.  Hike all the way to the end and enjoy the day climbing alone.

Debbie at pitch 2 belay Yellow Ridge 5.7 Near Trapps

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Beatin’ the heat

Temps and humidity really dictate my off day climbing in the Gunks. On super hot and humid days it’s nice to hit up the higher elevation cliffs and climb in the chasms of Lost City.  If it gets really hot you can always take a dip before, during, or after climbing at Split Rock swimming hole.  I got spanked pretty good on this stepped off-width crack.  Wes Converse and Mark Folsom are some where in the background doing their version of cheering (laughing) for me.

Doug Ferguson climbing 5.9 offwidth at Lost City

Doug Ferguson climbing 5.9 offwidth at Lost City

Noah

Noah on pitch 1 Strickley to Nowhere 5.7

Noah is a long time climber with Mountain Skills Climbing Guides.  Recently we went out so he could figure out the gear on Stickley’s From Nowhere 5.7 at the crux roof.  Noah had stated he wanted to lead it this coming July the 4th.  Noah if you are out there we are rooting for you and we know that once you get the red alien in at the roof you are gonna make it.  Go Noah Go!!!!

Some Rock Climbing Photos

Brendan on Resistance 5.10b/c

Brendan Mealia on Resistance 5.10c Lost City Crag

Lost City Pinnacle and Skytop

Lost City Crag with Skytop View

Memorial Day Weekend

Little Finger 5.5 Rogers Rock on Lake George

John Mackey on Little Finger 5.5 Rogers Rock

Climbed with Debbie this weekend and as you can expect it was pretty busy at the cliff.  We managed to climb 3 multi-pitch routes during the day.  Debbie climbed really good and never waivered once.  It was a real pleasure to spend the day with her under blue bird sky’s.  Guide John Mackey climbed Rogers Rock on Lake George and Hesitation on the Washbowl Cliff in the Adirondacks over the weekend.  If you would like to get to these spots just ask about climbing in the Adirondacks.

Pitch 1 anchor of Ribs, The Trapps

Doug Ferguson and Debbie on pitch 1 belay Ribs 5.4

Steep juggy roof crack 5.8

Doug Ferguson on As The Cliff Turns 5.9 Near Trapps

As The Cliff Turns 5.8

Doug Ferguson on As The Cliff Turns 5.9 Near Trapps

 

This place rules!

Kens Crack

Doug Ferguson on Ken's Crack 5.7 The Trapps

Climber on Son Of Easy O belay 5.8

Pitch 2 belay on Son of Easy O 5.8

 

Even with the weather this weekend everything seemed to go good.  The weather cooperated just enough to make it happen.  Just goes to show if ya give it a little while it will work out.  Went out on Monday with my buds Tony from Rock and Snow and Big Chris.  Hit up a couple of classics starting with Ken’s Crack 5.7+ and Maria Direct 5.9.  As you can see the weather on Monday was dreamy.

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