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Gunks Climbing, Beginner Friendly!

Have you been longing to get outdoors this season, but just don't feel like you have enough experience to crush High Exposure?  Have you done some gym climbing, but wondered how or when you're ever going to climb outdoors?  Come join us then for a beginner-friendly outdoor climbing event.  Let's go to Peter's Kill.

To be clear, this event is intended for all climbers, both new and old, advanced and novice.  Peter's Kill, a "miniature Gunks," has the same rock and features, but is only one pitch high.  As such, it's a great location to try top-rope climbing outdoors, the same as what we do in the gym.  The climbs range in difficulty from 5.2 (much easier than the gym) to 5.13b (much harder), so there should be something for everyone.


First of all, if you've never ever tried climbing, you should probably do this in a climbing gym first.  We have plenty of regular gym climbing meetups.  Some people find this sport to be pretty intense.  Of course, we can always lower you, if you're uncomfortable with the climb, but we want this to be a fun day for everyone.

Secondly, we're not guides.  Some of us have gear and know how to use it.  We've gone through the necessary training to build anchors and setup outdoor climbs.  Still, we're here to have fun too.  As such, don't expect a class, or a day of special guided instruction.  We're not offering a free course, just the opportunity to hang out with some fun folks who want to setup and climb some top-ropes with all ability levels.

Please Bring:

As for the climbing, please bring gear if you have it (ropes, biners, racks, etc.)  You'll also, of course, be responsible for your own personal gear (shoes, harness, helmet).  This gear can also be rented at Rock&Snow, which is on the way, if you need it, but the onus is on you to make the reservation.  We'll also be carpooling, so if you have a car, please let us know.  Everyone will be expected to chip-in for gas.  If you have neither, you can still come, and you can still contribute (a suggested donation of $10-20 would really help with the fee that Meetup charges for running Vedge).  Of course, we'd still have to double-check that we have sufficient gear to accommodate everyone.

Please note that there's a $10 day pass for the area with a climbing permit.

How do we meet?

We will meet at 7:00am in the Starbucks at the corner of 14th St and 6th Ave in Manhattan.  There will be waivers to sign and we will double-check that everyone has the gear they need.  Please be on time.

Forms: Vedge Waiver

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  • Diane N.

    Great to meet you all too. Thanks for bearing with a newbie and teaching me so much -- very much appreciated, everyone! Will be sure to join you guys at Brooklyn Boulders sometime. Till then, take care~

    August 27, 2013

  • Dan A

    Also Diane, here's that map of veg restaurants I promised:

    I recommend clicking 'save to my maps' so you'll have it available whenever you're logged in to gmaps.

    August 26, 2013

  • Dan A

    Awesome climbing trip everyone, one of my favorite days of climbing! It was great meeting you Diane, you did amazing for your first time outdoor climbing!

    August 26, 2013

  • Diane N.

    Just a couple questions:

    Is a helmet required for outdoor climbing? I have a harness and shoes but no helmet... Is this okay?

    Also, I would be driving from New Jersey -- approximately what time and where will everyone be meeting?

    August 24, 2013

    • Dan A

      Cool, I look forward to it.

      August 24, 2013

    • Dan A

      Sweet glad you can join us Niki!

      August 24, 2013

  • Jaron

    Hi all,
    We now have carpooling arrangements for everyone with whom I was able to get in touch. If I haven't been able to get in touch with you personally (check your spam filter), I'm sorry, but I had to move ahead, make plans, and I'm now assuming you're not coming. Looking forward to this trip!

    August 23, 2013

  • Tom M.

    I'm actually free this weekend - but may head up a day in advance!

    August 21, 2013

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