I always found Gunks climbing quite unique, and didn\'t find that anything but climbing at the Gunks prepared me for it.
I\'ve also been wanting to start bouldering to prepare to climb more 10s + 11s in the Gunks. Because there\'s not much good Sport climbing near southern NY, so bouldering seems like the most time-effective way to practice lots of hard moves on outdoor rock.
My concern about Gunks
bouldering is that the few problems (with good landings) I\'ve looked at so far do not seem much like the cruxes of the Gunks 5.10s I\'ve done so far. My theory is this is because the Gunks cliffs are mainly about (a) steep slab climbing, and (b) overhangs/roofs with horizontals. But the big chunks of rocks that long ago separated from the cliffs and rolled down to be counted as \"boulders\" are mostly not at the appropriate angle
to be specifically relevant practice for the Gunks on-cliff cruxes (i.e. the linear features are no longer horizontal, and the featureless \"slabby\" surfaces are not at the correct incline).
Also some of the popular problems near the Uberfall have (interesting fun) features from explosive blasting.
Just my limited ignorance in need of correction.
So while I see how the Boxcar traverse is a generally good training thing, I\'m not seeing its specific relevance to Gunks
5.10-11 cruxes on the cliffs above.
Anyway just what is it about Gunks 10s and 11s which is unique?
Thanks for helpful corrections and suggestions.