The Gunks is the closest worthwhile climbing to NYC, and it happens to be pretty awesome. Unfortunately, its the closest climbing to NYC, so its gets packed with city folk top roping and getting ropes tangled on 5.4's. I managed to spend a dozen or so weekends in 2015 at the Gunks, which included my birthday weekend where I tried (and failed) to climb 27 pitches, as well as some below freezing days where we had the entire cliffs to ourselves. There were tons of great climbs in between, so here is a highlight reel of some of the more photogenic moments.
Gunks 2015 Highlights:
- Madams G's, led in a single 200' pitch
- High Exposure by headlamp
- MF 5.9+ onsight
- Retribution 5.10b
- Getting rained out 18 pitches into my birthday goal of 27, and spending the rest of the weekend barhopping through New Paltz