This year was excellent for me. 2010 was my first year of climbing, 2011 was my first year of Gunksy adventure, but 2012 was the year that I really started to mature. Early in the year I led High E, and on what ended up being my last outing, I onsighted Arrow, my first 5.8 at the Gunks. Throw in a number of other onsights of truly fantastic classics---Yellow Ridge, Something Interesting, Thin Slabs, Moonlight, Ken's Crack, etc. etc. etc.---and follows of some hard stuff---Nosedive, Retribution, Welcome to the Gunks, Feast of Fools, Balrog---and, all in all, it's been an amazing year.
The only downside is that my partner moved out west. While he can't be replaced (hi John, if you're reading this!), I'm excited to start going out with the crew from my local gym---and getting on some more fun, hard climbs.