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Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 14, 2008 - 08:52am PT
The Initial Entry Team arrived. From left to right:
Ivan, Geno, Rich P, Rosie, Claire, Mike, Laura.

The weather has been perfect for climbing. Golden October days, one after the other. Forecast is good for the next few days.

Everyone is climbing pretty well. Ivan is especially fit and leading hard.

Richie broke his hand a month ago though.

But he's still hitting the slopers.

We are impatiently awaiting the arrival of Bobby D...and the rest of the gang.

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 14, 2008 - 09:04am PT
Keep sending pix as it progresses--love the leaves!
Wish I could be there too!

Social climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 14, 2008 - 10:10am PT
Yay! Looking forward to seeing more.

East Coast US
Oct 14, 2008 - 11:46am PT
There is no climbing in this place you call the 'Gunks'. All these images are Photoshopped. And Lost City is lost.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 14, 2008 - 11:56am PT
Geno....great pics...looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. What the hell with Richie...there goes my rope gun.

Love you guys.


Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 15, 2008 - 06:51am PT
We climbed at McCarthy Wall today. Lynn and Owen Hill arrived. Owen is reveling us with his pendulum antics:

Lynn and Laura happy to be together:

Rosie Andrews as fit as ever:

David Feinberg with Romano's Royal Crown chalk bag:

Romano and Feinberg had an epic on Three Pines and somehow Rich's cherished Wob Wobs (Clog versions of Hexs) went into an oak tree. Richie beginning the ascent to retrieve his gear:

A shot from Something Interesting of Romano further up.

Richie about 50 feet up. The Wob Wobs are another 12 feet above him.

The irreplaceable Wob Wobs finally back in their owner's hands.

An end of the day shot of Ivan, Russ Raffa, Rick Cronk, and Geno.

Tonight Bobby D arrives at LaGuardia at 4 p.m. Harvey Arnold is driving his porshe from Nederland and will be here by midday. The Rosenfelds and Robinsons arrive today also. We are all very excited.


Philadelphia, PA
Oct 15, 2008 - 11:09am PT
Nice photos - good to see. I'm excited to get up there Friday.
Jim E

Oct 15, 2008 - 11:43am PT
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:25am PT
wonderful report
I do so miss the place, especially this time of year

if you could just appreciate the place a touch more for me while you're there I'd be happy
Todd Eastman

Bellingham, WA
Oct 16, 2008 - 12:31am PT
I wish I was there! What a cast. Hi to Rosie, Perch, Claire, Ivan, Romano, and the rest.



Chalkless climber
the Gunks end of the country
Oct 16, 2008 - 01:12am PT
Any of you guys going to be around next week?...

Committed for the weekend.

Not there
Oct 16, 2008 - 01:58am PT


Oct 16, 2008 - 02:00am PT



Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 16, 2008 - 08:16am PT
We started off Wednesday with Friehofer's Cookies. Left to right Perch, Feinberg, Randy, Rich Gottlieb, Geno and Ivan

David Feinberg had a peak performance on Bonnie's Roof.

David above the crux.

David wild eyed after his hard fought victory:

David Rosenfeld below the roof on Falled on Account of Strain:

David midway out the roof:

David at the lip:

Annie O'Neil with Perch:

Laura with Feinberg and Perch:

Raffa had a nice party. Harvey Arnold, Jim Donnini, Bobby D, Rich Perch, Russ Clune....having a great time together.

Rosie, Elrod, David and Lynnie:

Geno, Perch, Bobby D:

Lynn, Holly Raffa and Clune:

Bodie Raffa and Owen Hill watching Batman:

Our super heroes in full custom. Who are these guys?


Trad climber
new york, NY
Oct 16, 2008 - 08:21am PT
Romano wears a swami belt? Awesome.
Amazing that guys like that, superstars, can epic on 3 pines like the rest of us, and get gear stuck in a tree.
Fantastic pictures.

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2008 - 06:19am PT
The Group spent a rainy morning on Thursday in the Near Trapps.

Rich Romano talking with Henry Barber and Rich Perch in the Trapps West Parking lot.

Henry signs Perch's 1980 Guide that will be raffled off on Saturday Night to benefit the Mohonk Preserve.

Mark Robinson belays Lynn warming up on Broken Sling, one of the Gunks classic "5.8s."

Bobby D and Romano on Crass, 5.10.

Bobby D takes on another classic route to do in the rain: Outer Space, 5.8

Ivan approaching the belay on Outer Space.

Bobby D and Jim Donini in the late afternoon after the weather broke. Two guys from Philadelphia that have unbounded passion for climbing and for people who climb.


Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 18, 2008 - 06:47am PT
80 friends gathered for the Dinner at the Mountain Brauhaus on Thursday evening.

Here are a few photos in which everyone is obviously enjoying themselves:

Hardy Truesdale, Andrew Kaplan, Sarah and Chris Archer, and Steve Amter.

Jim Donini, Steve Wunsch and Bobby D.

Marcia Wunsch, Laura Smith and Lynn Hill.

John Sherman and Steve Grossman. Steve and Mimi came from Seattle and captured several events on film.

This is a shot of Nelson Bennet; he is famous for his service in WWII in the 10th Mountain Division and for his unrivaled expertise in coaching, course setting and other contributions to the sport of skiing. He attended with Madie Kraus who is in the next photo.

Rich Perch and Madie Kraus. Madie was married to Hans Kraus and was an Olympic Silver Medalist in Skiing.

Mohonk Ranger Bob Elsinger, Iza and Ned "Coach" Crossley.

Jean and David Rosenfeld.

Patty Matison with Barbara Devine and her beautiful daughter.

Rosie Andrews and Chris Archer.

Susie Rogers, Terry Gotlieb, David Feinberg and Rosie Andrews

Susan and Mark Robinson:

Richard Goldstone, Steve Wunsch, Geno, Rich Perch and Laura Smith

Finally a shot of a few of the Vugarians who attended: Dick Williams, Burt Angrist, Jim McCarthy.

I am sure Bobby D and others who took pictures will post them up to record this great social event.

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 19, 2008 - 07:09am PT
Saturday a group of us climbed at the McCarthy Wall. Ivan is leading Higher Stannard in this photo.

Matt Jasinski unroping from Coex.

Laura with Paul Trapiani.

David Rosenfeld, Barbara Devine and Rich Romano

Rich Ross and Paul Trapiani.

Ron Sacks and Bobby D.

Steve Arsenault and Rich Romano sharing a story.

Bobby D and Laura.

Finally, a group photo. Left to right: Bobby D, Rich Romano, Barbara Devine, Kelly and Matt Jasinski, Laura Smith, David Rosenfeld, Terry Gottlieb, David Feinberg, and Paul Trapiani.


Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 19, 2008 - 12:20pm PT
Awesome pix, Geno.
Jeeze, Rich Perch doesn't look a day older
than when I saw him last at Seneca Rocks in the
mid 70's. Timeless!

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Oct 19, 2008 - 12:43pm PT
Yet more evidence that climbers age pretty well! That's a great set of photos, Geno.
Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
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