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

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Chasing the rainy day blues away!

This morning’s weather may not have looked promising, but our group was up to the challenge! Knowing the cliffs at Bonticou would have the best chance of drying out after our morning showers we headed up the crag trail to the base of the crag. The scramble was a bit slippery, so helmets and sure footing were a must.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
After the skies opened up again, we went with plan ‘B’ Let’s go caving! These three teens  were keen to check out the talus caves for their very first trip underground.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Eventually, we were all able to climb the cliffs and these kids could tear it up!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Mountain Laurel are starting to bloom, right along with these kids climbing skills.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We had time to teach everyone the basics of rappelling back down,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA before heading back to the comforts of dry clothes, and a refreshing dip at Split Rock. We always try to find a way to make the day a success no matter what the weather.

Gunks Rock Climbing & Catskill Overnight-Hiking trip

The Gunks Rock Climbing & Catskill Overnight-Hiking trip is a great two or three-day adventure for people with little to no experience.  The trip begins at Rock and Snow in New Paltz.  In the morning we  going over the suggested gear list, trip itinerary, routes, peaks, weather and waivers.  Once you get fitted for our rock climbing adventure, we head up to the world-famous Gunks for a day of rock climbing and rappelling.   After we get our rock climbing in, we head up to the Catskill Mountains and hike to our planned lean-to camping site.  We set up camp, get situated and then it’s time for food and relaxation.

After a good night’s sleep under the stars and a energizing breakfast in the morning we start our summit hiking.  Typically we are going to climb two-three of the Catskill 3500 peaks in a day.  The Catskill’s offers great views and fun hiking for all levels.  For more information call 845-853-5450 or email

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