Speaking of spring climbing - has anyone ever run into exfoliated stuff on the first climbing days of the season? Most other places I've been have this problem - where the freeze-thaw cycles of the winter separate blocks that were still barely connected in the fall, and the first one to come across it in the spring gets an unhappy surprise. Seems like this wouldn't be as much of an issue - the Gunks doesn't exfoliate like granite does, but there's still got to be some action - that huge talus field the the stairmaster goes up didn't get placed there on its own!

Anyone have any experience with this at the Gunks? Any areas or climbs you'd avoid early in the season?


While we were racking up on Maria Direct, there was a party up on City Lights or in that area that kept dislodging softball sized rocks and allowing them to rain down on to the people below. Occasionally they would call rock. So that kept us on our toes but we didn't find anything loose while climbing.