"Back to the Gunks"
After more than a year of absence from climbing, John and I
headed to the Gunks yesterday and joined fellow AMC climbers. It turned out to be a
nice day. Some cloudiness, but the sun made its presence. A little chilly on
the side. Considering the out of practice, I enjoyed the day and realized that
I still love climbing.
We took it easy and did low 5's, Belly Roll and Bunny; John led
both climbs. Belly Roll is a two-pitch climb, with a big crack in the first pitch.
The second pitch was a little intimidating for me. Bunny was also a good climb, but I was
too slow on it. I wanted to try a bouldering move (reminded me of Black Fly) at the
start, just couldn't make it, so I went left side of the climb. There was also a
chimmney towards the end of the pitch that looked inviting, bailed out of it.
Perhaps, another time. I'll see if I can go back to the move I was trying to
Timely, the other climbers arrived at the spot where we were,
just as we were putting our stuffs together. The climb day ended with a nice get
together dinner at a restaurant. (November 19, 2006)
The week after, we went back to the Gunks and did Black Fly (5.7)
again. John also did a 5.9 route. The weather was even better; felt like
We look forward to another season of climbing...