* I am NOT a guide.
* No conversations about politics, religion, or any other beliefs allowed.
I want to be very clear about this, I AM NOT A GUIDE. I've been climbing, in general, for about 6 years now and I have a couple of years of experience with top-roping outdoors. I recently started sport climbing. I have plenty of gear to top-rope, sport climb, and I have trad gear.
- Must be belay certified, preferably lead certified.
- Must be a solid 5.9 indoor climber with some ability to climb 5.10's.
- Must have, at the very least, an appropriate climbing helmet (VERY IMPORTANT), as well as your own climbing harness, shoes, and chalk bag.
THINGS TO BRING:
- Enough food and water to last an entire day of climbing.
- A decent size book bag to carry your food, water etc, AND to help carry climbing gear.
- Any additional climbing gear you have; we may need it.
OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING:
- Your Epipen, Benadryl, Ibuprofen
- Sun block and/ or Bug Spray.
Please dress appropriately for being in the woods all day/ rock climbing.
- If it's raining, or rained recently.
- If no one signs up.
- If I'm sick, and no one else is willing to fill in as the host.
We're going to Thacher State Park
Address: 5080 Rte 44-55, Gardiner, NY 12525
Fee: $6 for parking. You'll have to fill out a waiver at the visitor's center.
I'm only allowing 4 people to signup each day. There are 4 climbers, including myself, that will be doing a climb and camp that weekend, so there will be seven of us total, if all 3 spots are filled. Thacher's approach and mixed route difficulties makes it hard to have large groups.
We will be there all day. If you decide you've had enough and want to leave, that's perfectly fine. It will be up to you to find your way back to your vehicle.
We'll meet in the parking lot at the visitor's center to sign our waivers and pay the parking fee. After that we'll head out to park our cars in the Hailes Cave section of park.
The approach is pretty crazy. We have to descend to the base through a crack in the ground/ rock that goes all the way down, gradually, to the bottom. This crack is very narrow. Based on what I've seen in a video on YouTube, it's about 1.5 feet wide. We'll have to figure out how to get all of our gear down to the bottom and back up when we're done.
The video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9MspXeX2so
Thacher has a good amount of easier 5.8 and 5.9 routes but has mostly harder 5.10+ climbing.
I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS: There is NO top access for top-rope anchoring, so the only way to top-rope is to complete the sport routes and setup TR'ing via the master bolts at the top of each route. This is important to know if you are going to top-rope only. Sport climbers are needed.
It's a long drive to get there, so we can most definitely try and carpool/ caravan our way to the park. We need to be there at 8:30am, because the visitor's center opens at 9:00am, so we need to meet up REALLY early if we're going to carpool/ caravan. We can discuss that in the WhatsApp Chat group. If you are late to show up to carpool or late meeting us at the park, it'll be up to you to get there and find us at the base of the crag.
WhatsApp Chat: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DZ5EBhMd8xL9Z2S8DFISbx
I think I covered everything. If you have any questions, feel free to message me. If I failed to mention something here, message me.