Rock Climbing
in the Gunks

The featured grades are based on
Yosemite Decimal System mentioned in the book

Rock climbing, both indoor and outdoor, has become a part of our weekly activities. My husband and I did an indoor climbing in passing a few years back, but it it was only after our summer trip  to Boulder, Colorado this year, that we started to take a more interest in it. 

A couple of weeks ago, we did our first outdoor climbing in the Gunks, in Ulster Country, New York.  We tried few routes-Eyesore, Ken's Crack, and Black Fly- recommended by a friend who frequents the climbing area. 

And last weekend we went back and joined a group of regular vertical 'Gunksters.'  It was fascinating to see the way they climbed the rocks, reaching them with flexibility and high energy.  

First lead in the Gunks-beginner's delightMy husband did his first  lead, and it was a success!  I must say he has become a real climber.   I wish I could call that myself, but I still need to find my way around rocks and "study" them up close.   From my two visits to the Gunks, I find that rocks can be generous even for a person with a limited hand-and-feet reach; I feel encouraged.

November 2001

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