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SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE 1996 August SHAWANGUNKS "The Gunks' are a rock climber's dream of a cliffscape paradise" David Roberts Near Fine
By Roberts, David, Smithsonian Magazine
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Washington, D.C., Smithsonian, August 1996. The full staple bound softcover issue is present. Fine condition.

A nice 12 page cover article describing rock climbing in the Shawangunks of New York. The cover photos is on Foops, the legendary Skytop overhanging climb. 11 color photos, 1 b/w (but its the best one. Dick Williams on Shockley's Ceiling)
 
'Once a sport for misfits, climbing is now seen as a glamorous pastime. There are some 300,000 climbers in the United States, and on a busy weekend, the Gunks' steep cliffs play host to at least 800 of them; more Americans have learned to dangle above the abyss here than anywhere else in the country.

'Thirty years after his first climbing foray into the area, writer David Roberts returns to take us on a nostalgic romp through some of the highlights of Gunks' climbing history, and to answer the question, 'How do you get the rope up there in the first place?'

'The Gunks were discovered for climbers by world renowned mountaineer, Fritz Wiessner. Later, he and Hans Kraus pioneered many of the finest routes, and the two are considered heroes to this day.'


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