Folks, our second route card for Millbrook is now available.
This card depicts two of the great Shawangunk Routes, Square Meal (5.11) and Lessons in History (5.10), both by Romano. Lessons is not in any guidebook and is one of the best 5.10's in the Gunks, which is saying a lot. The back of the card makes it easy (we think) to find the routes by the traditional "Death Ledge" traverse from the Westward Ha rappel. The cards are laminated and so are weather proof. There is a hole for threading a cord loop and clipping the card to the harness.
The cards sell for $5, all of which goes to Rich as with the first card. Of course, any additional donations will be most gratefully accepted.
Also as before, you can pick up a card at Rock and Snow, or order it from them by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope big enough to hold a 4x6 card and a check to
Rock & Snow
44 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561.
You can also order a card from the PayPal account we set up for Rich. It is linked to the email address RomanoFund@yahoo.com.
You need to have a PayPal account yourself, in which case you can use PayPal's "Send Money" feature, clicking the "Personal" tab and selecting the "Gift" button---seeSending money via PayPal
Although the cards do help to penetrate the veil of mystery that has shrouded Millbrook for years, we have tried to honor the spirit of adventure that has characterized the crag and Rich's climbing on it by showing how to find the routes and where they go, while refraining from the kind of detailed beta that has turned many climbs into a paint-by-numbers experience. For example, these cards don't show where to belay and have nothing to say about what equipment should or should not be brought.
I want to acknowledge that some of you have already shown a level of generosity well beyond our wildest expectations. Thank you again, you have surely done more than enough, and it is not the intention here to ask you for anything more. We still do hope that the new card will be of real interest to Gunks climbers, and so generate some additional income to help offset Rich's ongoing expenses.