Category Archive: General Climbing

Feb 03

And So This Is Fifty

The strangest thing happened to me a week ago. I turned 50 years old. I don’t know how it could be possible. There’s no way I could be 50. I don’t feel it. I don’t look it. I don’t act like it. I’m sillier than my teenage daughters! So where did the years go? How …

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Dec 13

Missing Potrero Chico, Mexico

Fond Memories of Potrero Chico, Mexico. Soaring limestone cliffs over 2,000 feet tall. Warm pleasant temperatures in February. A laid-back international climbing community ready to make new friends. Generous and friendly locals happy to see us year after year. Delicious homemade burritors barbacoa at Checo’s place. Stray dogs that follow you to the cliff and …

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Feb 25

Land Stewardship is Like Dating, or How I Fell In Love With the Gunks

Gunks Lovers – Romancing the Stone I recall someone at a Mohonk Preserve event mentioning how Gunks climbers evolve over time. In the beginning they try to cheat and get around the ranger so they don’t have to pay for a day pass. Later they understand the need to help pay to maintain the preserve …

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Jan 19

Ice Climbing Articles – Bogus Information

Climbing Ice and Bogus Climbing Articles Ice Climbing Suggestions in Places Where Climbing Ice is Prohibited I was browsing around for interesting climbing articles on the internet, and came across this ice climbing article: Where to Go Ice Climbing and Winter Hiking in the Gunks of New York.  Sounds interesting, especially since I never hear about …

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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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