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sp00ki


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Is there a good guide offering comprehensive coverage of Gunks area bouldering beta/topos/etc?


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I believe this will fit your needs:
http://www.rockandsnow.com/store/product/6368/BOULDERING-IN-THE-SHAWANGUNKS-/
Pick it up at Rock and Snow on your way through new paltz, those guys are the shit


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No clue why Google didn't help with that.


Thanks much.


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Your Google-Fu is weak, sir.

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Why the hell would you need a guidebook to boulder?? Ask someone where the rocks are and have at it. I never understood this concept. Are you afraid you might mistakenly boulder harder than you think you can? Do you really need a guidebook to tell you what to boulder? Isn't bouldering more about freedom of movement rather then following the masses?

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No. It's about having a map that points out the classics and good problems so you can get the most out of your visit.

You've never understood it because-- and this is based purely on the multitude of other clueless posts you've made-- you don't really do it.


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rangerrob wrote:
Isn't bouldering more about freedom of movement..

Lemmings

More like, freedom of bowel movement.

Heh.


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sp00ki wrote:
Is there a good guide offering comprehensive coverage of Gunks area bouldering beta/topos/etc?

If I were you, I wouldn't go to the Gunks to boulder. It is not a destination bouldering area by any means. There are classics, but pretty much any boulder problem that is not right on the carriage road will have a pretty nasty landing.


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I live in Philadelphia. Given that my options are seven hours to Cooper's Rock or three to Gunks, the choice is pretty obvious...

But i actually had a good time there over the weekend. My local spot is Haycock Mountain; Even the Peterskill problems had gym landings by comparison.


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There are plenty of boulderers out there doing their own thing, and to them I say.....good for you. I do enough bouldering to know that I have a much better time when I figure out my OWN problems, and not follow someone elses problems. Nothing irritates me more than some idiot coming up to me when I am trying something and tells me that my hand or foot is "off route".

Same holds true for roped climbers. I ran into a couple of newer earlier in the year in the Gunks, and they were examining the cliff for something. When I asked them what route they were looking for they said...just something cool looking with good gear. They had no guidebook, and wanted no guidebook. They climbed something obscure, and probably not that good, but they did it on their own terms, and they had a blast. It was amazing to watch them do that on a cliff that has every square inch mapped out in some form or fashion. They didn't climb High E (they didn't miss much), but they had an adventure.

It's too bad more of us don't have this spirit. Of course I understand the map and at least knowing where the bouldering is located, but let's face it, you want the problems spelled out for you, don't you?

RR


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