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.