The Lifer: Historic Routes in the Gunks

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The Lifer: Historic Routes in the Gunks

The Lifer: Historic Routes in the Gunks

Russ Clune is an integral part of climbing’s humble beginnings in America. Recently, Sam Elias paid Clune a visit at his home in the Gunks, where he sampled the historic routes of the past and attempted a rare ascent of the new-school trad testpiece: Brozone (5.14b). But perhaps the most important thing Sam walked away with, amid all the climbing history lessons, and constant, often hilarious, Clune cliff-banter, was an intimate view into the soul of a man who has dedicated his entire life to climbing.

12 Apr, 2019


Going back a little further -

I think the Gunks always scared me away - probably (almost certainly) a mistake! Although even the 5.6 routes looked scary to me.

13 Apr, 2019

Wow, great video. I'd never even heard of this place but it looks totally awesome!

13 Apr, 2019

Incredible and very inspiring

14 Apr, 2019

Good video, shame the audio quality (especially at the start) was quite bad.

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