Shawangunks & Lake George

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to climb with some good friends in the Gunks and Adirondacks. Saturday it was Jonathan and I doing some trad routes in the Gunks. There was a 5.3 named Minty that I led, and it was horrific, took me about an hour to climb 120 feet or so. The crux of the route must have been swinging out onto the face, where it was lightly overhung, and the cracks I wanted to protect were totally hollow. After finishing the first pitch, I decided to call it a day and we rappelled down. Super fun day, no incidents, and we left the crag safely after climbing a few very fun routes. “Belly roll” was another favorite.

Minty 5.3 - 5.5
Some people from Mountain Project's website climbing Minty.

Sunday we climbed at Lake George’s Roger’s Campground crag. This cliff was really big, and fairly well established, though nothing like the Gunks. I led a 5.7 sport slab route that was a little scary, and then Jared led a scarier and more awesome 5.9 sport slab route. Shanon got real epic with a pregnant climbing harness. Lulu and Jonathan kept it real as well at Rogers.

Our Climbs were to the left of this slab, around the corner.
Our Climbs were to the left of this slab, around the corner. Mountain Project doesn't have that crag listed yet.

This was followed up by a strong bodily reaction to me seeing Red Bull Cola at a gas station, and then meeting up with Yanni and Amanda in Saratoga for some local delicacies. An epic weekend,

I have a few pics that I’ll try to get up here soon. They are on FB right now, but not out on the general web.

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