You say that winter is boring?  Nothing to do around here?  How about climbing up a frozen waterfall in the Hudson Valley?  This video shows some guys working their way up Plattekill Falls.  http://www.northeastwaterfalls.com/waterfall.php?num=1378&p=0

They say Ice climbing is easier for beginners than going up the side of the Gunks!  Seems ice gives way a bit and that makes it easier to climb.  That's what scares me.  The "gives way" part!  The Bolger blog is always making suggestions for you to entertain yourself around here:)