Mountain Skills Climbing Guides and Gunks Rock Climbing Instruction

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

Doug Ferguson



8rock instructorDoug is the owner and one of the head guides for Mountain Skills Climbing Guides. His love for the mountains and outdoors was seeded while growing up in Michigan skiing competitively in high school. After clocking in 5 years at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Doug discovered rock climbing while living in Boulder, Colorado. This lead him to the New River Gorge in West Virginia were he started guiding and climbing full time.  Since moving to New Paltz, Doug  guides rock during the warmer months and ice during the winter. His climbing and mountaineering educational background consists of AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Ice Instructors Course, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Top Rope Site Manager, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Provider, in the AMGA SPI Provider training, Wilderness First Responder training, Leave No Trace Master Trainer, National Ski Patrol Level 1& 2 Avalanche Safety, New York State Licensed Rock, Ice, Hiking, Camping Guide, and also a Hudson Valley Mountain Rescue Volunteer. Doug is also on the Gunks Climbers Coalition Board of Directors. Doug has climbed extensively throughout the United States since he started climbing in 1997. His focus was mainly on the southeast in the mountains of North Carolina, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Since moving to New England his new passion is climbing all the amazing spots in the Adirondack’s, Gunks, White and Green Mountains. He has climbed well over 1,300 different climbing routes and has climbed or hiked close to 100 peaks around the U.S.


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