Climbing The Carriage Road: A Rock Climber's Adventure Map | Skillshare Projects



Climbing The Carriage Road: A Rock Climber's Adventure Map

In January of 2013, I went with a friend to an indoor climbing gym in Brooklyn and climbed rock walls (albeit walls made of plywood and plastic) for the first time. It was a blast. And it turns out I live 20 minutes from some of the best climbing in the entire country, the Shawangunk Mts (the Gunks). So my friend and I started climbing outside. At first we set up topropes on all the climbs we could. But my friend is a very strong climber and he sooned moved to traditional climbing, placing protective gear as he free climbs. He leads and I follow him, cleaning up the gear he places. This has been one of the most enjoyable years of my life and I would like to map the cliff face with the climbs I have completed this year. It will be a work in progress as the Trapps Carriage Road has hundreds of climbs, most routes too hard for me to climb right now and I will be working on it for the rest of my life. I think this would be a great way to map my personal adventures in rock climbing and a fun way for my climbing partner and I to look back on time spent doing what we love.

The Trapps carriage road cliff is 2.5 miles long. It's a graded road running at the base of dramatic quartz conglomerate cliff face hundreds of feet high. I'd like to make a hand drawn map of the cliff... a long horizontal drawing of the cliff in pen and ink (possibly 3-4 feet long depending on scale) with the climbs, grades and dates written vertically in the shape of the routes we took. I'll put up sketches soon to demonstrate what I mean. 



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