While I wait for more pictures to come in from the Gunks trip, here are a couple of boulders that we came across in the shadows of the classic traditional lines.
Gill’s Egg (V4) is a classic John Gill problem that you can’t help but notice as you walk down the Carriage Road. It starts under the roof and moves up some small crimps on the prow that allow you to setup for a big move to a good hold just before the top. I was able to keep my feet on the start jug under the roof for what I think is normally more of a dyno to the big hold. Definitely a classic problem and it is always fun to climb a problem with a little history. I wish that I had pictures of me climbing it but it was basically pitch dark at the time.
From what I could tell, Illustrious Buddha (V8?) climbs out the prominent prow pictured. Looked like some really hard compression moves to stick to the small and very slick holds.
Nice looking weather we had for the first day, thankfully it was actually better than it looked.
I’m not sure that I would ever make a trip to the Gunks solely for bouldering just because of how many other areas there are out there that I want to visit, but I definitely saw a lot of fun potential.