Today’s adventure: 5 pitches of über-classic Gunks routes with a dear friend. A crisp, late fall day with gorgeus views but surprisingly few folks at the cliff to share them with. Few things can quiet my mind while simultaneously requiring intense focus and intricate movement like climbing.🧗

Panoramic view of an autumnal New Paltz, NY from the Gunks cliffs.Two men in climbing gear smiling at the camera with a lard rock wall to their right.Me, rock climbing and waving at the camera from far above.Looking down at the rest of the Gunks cliff where there’s another climber and trees far below in the background.