Mountain Skills Climbing Guides and Gunks Rock Climbing Instruction

Gunks Rock Climbing – 845-853-5450 – – Guiding the Gunks and Beyond

Look out folks here comes summer/Gunks PCGI Lead Guide Course


Kellie following Bunny 5.4 at the Trapps PCGI Lead Guide Course


Doug Ferguson coiling the rope before short pitch two clients/PCGI Lead Guides Course


Ralph and Nick going over self rescue/PCGI Lead Guide Course

Man, this past weekend was absolutely beautiful in the Gunk’s.  Temps in the 80’s all weekend and not a cloud in the sky.  The leaves on the trees and flowers are really starting to pop with the warm temps.  It’s pretty amazing to sit on top of the cliff line right now and watch it all unfold.  Unfortunately the black flys are happy to be out as well.  Saturday we had Outdoor Bound group out rock climbing, along with a bunch of single clients out with guides at the big cliff the Trapps.  With busy weekends like this one I like to take our group trips to quiet locations so people can enjoy the outdoors.  Our normal, smaller size trips climb at the Near Trapps or the Trapps.  Sunday and Monday Ralph Schimmenti and I started the PCGI Lead Guide Course taught by Nick Farley who also works with Mountain Skills Climbing Guides.  This course is seven days in length including the Rescue Assessment and Lead Guide Assessment.  I have been taking AMGA Courses since 2002and was curious about the PCGI and what the curriculum was.  Nick is a great skills teacher.  He really knows his information in self rescue and guide techniques.  It is a absolute pleasure to be working with him.

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