Friday, July 20, 2018

NY Section Members In North Cascades

Metro NY Section Members Rob Bixby and Greg van Inwegen just returned from a North Cascades climbing trip with AAC member and Guide Marty Molitoris of New Paltz based Alpine Endeavors. The team summited Sahale on July 16th and Forbidden Peak via the South Ridge on July 17, both from Boston Basin. 

Ron reports that conditions were excellent.  Snow had receded from most rock climbing areas the week before.  They had perfect weather for both climbs. There was a helicopter rescue of a guy who fell in a moat coming off the glacier below Mt Torment the day before they climbed Forbidden. The moats are tricky and claimed a fatality a few years ago.  There was some crevasse hazards as well. The couloir from glacier to Forbidden south ridge col is well traveled and was getting pretty thin with some holes thru it. Careful climbing was required.  South Ridge is a popular climb and was fairly crowded.  They did an alpine start to avoid the back-up at the couloir.  1am start from Boston Basin lower camp, across the glacier by daylight, up the couloir in an hour, up the ridge and summit at noon, back to Boston Basin by 7:00pm. Congrats to Rob, Greg and Marty on a great trip.

Climbing the couloir (photo provided by AAC member Ron Bixby)


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NYC Film Screening - Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey

Thursday, June 28, 7:30pm
GP81, 81 Quay Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Join us at one of NYC newest gyms, GP81 for Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, a documentary film celebrating the life and legacy of the original “dirtbag” mountaineer, who died last year at 94. Fred is a true American icon, whose monumental first ascents and eloquent stories inspired generations of climbers to get out and find adventure. Come check out the gym, get a deal on a day-pass and learn about the rebel athlete who pioneered the dirtbag lifestyle and set the standard for what it means to be truly "committed."

GP81 is a new bouldering gym located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn that was designed and built by local climbers. It is a training-focused facility catering directly to the NYC climbing community. A full fitness set-up and densely packed boulder problems allow any dedicated climber to make gains and see improvements. The gym features 6,500 sq ft of climbing terrain, including two Moon Boards, a custom GP81 board, and walls of 30, 45 and 60 degrees.
Film tickets are $15 in advance/$18 at the door and include beer and a GP81 koozie. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling GP81 at 347-689-3082 or stopping by the gym. The gym will be be open all day and seating for the movie begins at 7pm. Space is limited, RSVP below to reserve your spot and then purchase the tickets directly from GP81.

Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 Spring Outing

Roberts Cottage at the Ausable Club

Though a cool rainy weekend was forecast for May 18-20, the weather held for the most part allowing us to log time on the lake, trails and crags. Our group was smaller this year making for a more intimate gathering. As usual after a day out and about, Saturday happy-hour was held at Roberts Cottage followed by a great dinner at the Club bar. Will Helmetag, 2017 Live Your Dream Grant winner and Dad Peter recounted their adventures exploring, via sailboat, Devils Bay, Chaleur Bay, and Rencontre Bay, with the objectives to climb Leviathan and develop new trad routes on these newly discovered walls. This was followed by Mark Aiston reporting on the Section trip to the Scottish Highland last June. From what he remembers through the haze of rain, cloud and scotch it was a successful trip and he had the pictures to prove it. Sunday we woke to clouds and rain, but our annual pancake breakfast took the edge off. For those that stuck around the weather cleared by late morning making for another epic day. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this Outing a great one.

Early Saturday morning start for Ron, Andrew, Mark and the crew.

Looking down on lower Ausable Lake

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Adirondack Adventures - Spring Outing


Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20
Ausable Club, St. Huberts, NY

A spring Section tradition, the annual Adirondack Outing at the Ausable Club near Keene Valley is not to be missed. Activities include: rock climbing, hiking in the High Peaks, swimming and boating on Ausable Lakes or golf, tennis, etc. on the property. Available spots for the weekend are very limited. See link below for info and registration. Please email the Metro NY Section Chair ASAP if interested.