Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 27

Half Dome with Sie – video from a climbing dad

Found this video by a climbing dad on SuperTopo who goes by the nickname of “micronut”.  The video is a trip report of when he took his teenage daughter hiking to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.  I thought it was very sweet and nicely done.  The teen reminds me a lot …

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Dec 27

Half a Half Dome

Here’s a fun trip report by a Jim Herson, a climbing dad and his spunky 12 year old daughter on Half Dome in wintery conditions. Don’t miss the last paragraph! Half a Half Dome, 11/26/11

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Dec 20

The cliff is not your driveway

The cliff is not your driveway. I was walking down the carriage road at the Gunks recently and came across some chalk graffiti on the cliff at the base of some popular climbs. It covered perhaps a 10 foot wide swath of rock. There were flowers, stick figures, and “I was here” type scribble – …

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About the Gunks

What are the Gunks? Geography The Gunks are located west of the Hudson River in New York State. The official name of the ridge is the Shawangunk Mountains. This ridge runs north-south from vicinity of Rosendale in the north, and Ellenville in the south.  Most of the permitted rock climbing is in the Mohonk Preserve, …

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Getting to the Gunks

Getting to the Gunks – Travel Information A Word About Communications Before you plan your trip, if you have to meet up with people or call a cab, note that the cell phone service is spotty and unreliable once you get behind the cliffs. That includes the West Trapps parking lot, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, …

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Climbing at the Gunks

View of the Millbrook Cliff, the highest cliff at the Gunks

Gunks Climbing – Where to Park & Basic Information Hazards Theft at the Gunks is rare, but has been known to occur. Cars rarely but occasionally are broken into. Gear accidentally left lying around can disappear. However, everyone seems comfortable leaving their packs at the base of multipitch climbs, returning later to find everything just …

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Restaurants in High Falls

Restaurants in High Falls The little hamlet of High Falls is west of Rosendale on Rt. 213 going west. It can also be reached from Mohonk Road past the Mohonk Mountain House. Here are some of the restaurants worth eating at in High Falls, plus there’s some good antique stores and an excellent flea market …

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Restaurants in Rosendale and Tillson

Restaurants in Rosendale and Tillson An alternative to the crowds in New Paltz is the cute little town of Rosendale. The New York Times seems to think it’s the next hippest thing, but it’s just a quiet little town along the river. Most straightforward way to get there from the Gunks is to go back …

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Restaurants in Gardiner

Map of Gardiner, NY, near the Gunks, with restaurants highlighted.

Restaurants in Gardiner The main climbing areas of the Gunks are in the town of Gardiner, which has a small number of restaurants. While there are a couple of eateries near the intersection of Rt. 299 and Rt. 44-55, most of the other places are closer to the village of Gardiner, which is further west …

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