The first full-color modern guide to the Gunks
The Shawangunks — “the Gunks” to most of us — is one of the oldest climbing areas in the US, with a storied history dating back to the 1930s. Located 80 miles north of New York City, it has long been a focal point of climbing culture, and remains a trad climber’s paradise. There is no shortage of very difficult routes that will challenge the best climbers, but the Gunks is even more famous for its incredible easier climbs. You could spend several seasons exploring made-to-climb cracks, faces, overhangs, and dihedrals without ever venturing beyond the 5.7 grade. Multi-pitch outings abound, and the graded carriage road at the base of the cliffs allows easy strolls to even the most distant ends of the cliff.
This full-color, exhaustively researched guide represents the next generation of Gunks guidebooks. It covers over 600 routes at the two main cliffs: the Trapps and Near Trapps. Cliff-base photos get you quickly oriented on the ground, and high-resolution aerial images show key features on routes. Detailed area and route descriptions help you find just the right flavor of climb. You’ll spend less time searching, and more time pulling overhangs, plugging cams, and chasing your own piece of history.
Andy Salo, Christian Fracchia, and Eric Ratkowski
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Areas and features:
-- Trapps ' Keyhole to Slime Wall (21 sectors)
-- Near Trapps ' right end to Workout Wall (3 sectors)
-- Aerial cliff photos
-- Cliff-base photos
-- Trailhead-locator photos
-- Helpful sector summaries for choosing where to climb
-- Action photography from past and present eras
-- Detailed regional and climbing history
-- Biographical essays of 10 famed Gunks climbers
-- Graded list of routes