Gunks with Ashley and Brian!

Ashley and Brian ping’d me a while back about a Gunks day as an Anniversary gift to each other.  We planned the date.  Meet at Rock & Snow, caravan to the Preserve, go climbing! Ashley and Brian have climbed extensively in years past, specifically at our local area, Ragged Mountain.  Over the past ten years, careers, children and daily life have impeded their ability to get out.  Many of us can relate to that!  Well, the kiddos are off with Gram and Gramps, so Ashley and Brian hopped on the send train.

Friday, the forecast did not look overly favorable. We decided on an early start to try and beat the afternoon rain.  We met at 7:30am and headed to the crags.

We warmed up at Rhododendron, then quickly sent Horseman.  After a belayed rappel back down, we decided to take a chance at High Exposure.  We walked down.

Guess What?  NO LINE, NO CLIMBERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WOO HOOO!!!!!!!

We climbed High E in great style, and made a technical descent as the rain began.  After some chow, we decided to call it a day. It’s pretty hard to top a set of classic moderates like that!

Thanks to Ashley for putting this day together, for being forward thinking, and to Brian for being super psyched! I think I had just as much fun.

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