Hanging in the Gunks

Ransom, Cliff
September 2005
National Geographic Adventure;Sep2005, Vol. 7 Issue 7, p20
The article describes the journey to the Shawangunk mountains-- the East Coast's greatest climbing area. It is only 90 miles north of New York City. Settled under a sycamore tree a hundred feet up on a ledge overlooking the Hudson River Valley is not a bad place to spend an afternoon. "The Gunks," as they are called, are less a mountain range than an escarpment, some 12 miles long and 300 feet high, that towers above the surrounding farmland like God's own billboard. For the past 70 years, the Gunks have been a hallowed name among rockhounds, with more routes than any single location sunrise-side of the Mississippi. INSET: ADVENTURE GUIDE: THE SHAWANGUNKS.


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