I arrived at the Multi-Use Area at the Shawangunks around 2pm on Friday. Jeremy and Liz had already arrived and had set up camp. Liz saw my Ontario license plate as I pulled through the parking lot, and she yelled out to me. Perfect timing! I hopped out of the car, set up my camp, and we decided to head to The Trapps for a few afternoon climbs.
We started out on Rhododendron. I was pretty excited to climb it since I didn't get to climb it last time I was at the Gunks, and it looked like fun. Jeremy led it, Liz followed, and I top-roped it. It felt good, and I wanted to learn to lead trad, so Jeremy let me mock lead it, tied off the belay to counterbalance me, and then reviewed my gear placements as I lowered off the climb. Some were good, some not so good... overall, not bad for my first attempt at placing any gear.
Liz's friend Dean joined us as we were wrapping up on Rhododendron, and we moved over to Laurel. I love this route... the first move or two is pretty awkward for some people (it's not uncommon to see some really strong climbers fumble through the opening of Laurel), but I really enjoy it. It's a fun climb.
We finished the afternoon climbing a variation of Red Cabbage, and head into town for some food and beer at The Gilded Otter. We were hoping to meet up with a few other people (@climbwithkids was at the Gunks too, but we missed her). Read more about A Spring Weekend in the Gunks