RIDICULISSIMA

Climbing - - PERFECT TENS -

5.10 at the Gunks is usu­ally tech­ni­cal or roofy, but Justin Sew­eryn knows that Ridiculissima in­stead of­fers a New River Gorge– style ex­pe­ri­ence: big moves to good holds, and all the gear you can place. Leg­endary po­lar ex­plorer Ernest Shack­le­ton has all the beta you need for this: en­durance.

In­se­cure 5.8 climb­ing on sil­ica- ce­mented peb­bles brings you to an op­tional be­lay where you can pause and con­tem­plate the wis­dom of step­ping off into the steep wall of in­cut holds. Mid­way through the crux se­quence, you’ll re­al­ize that this is the be­gin­ning of a marathon, and it only ends with the sal­va­tion of a massive be­lay stance 160 feet up. This is the High Ex­po­sure Ledge, the finest perch in the 1.5- mile­long cliff­band. Sev­eral routes con­verge here, giv­ing you many choices for the last, 80- foot pitch. Take the easy road up

High Ex­po­sure ( 5.6) and see why an en­tire pho­tomon­tage of “the move” on pitch two was pub­lished in 1999 in Rock and

Ice, or sad­dle up and see what 5.11 is all about by throw­ing your­self at En­duro Man’s Long­est Han­gout. If th­ese op­tions are too crowded or too hard, peer right around the cor­ner and look for the lesser- trav­eled 5.8 last pitch of Dou­bleis­sima.

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