The guides and outfitters profiled below provide Gunks climbing instructions for all levels of climbers from beginner to advance in the Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) of New York, one of the best and most popular climbing destinations on the east coast. All guides are locally based.
A Brief Intro to The Gunks
Located just 90 miles from New York City, the Shawangunk Mountains, or “The Gunks” is a world-class climbing and bouldering destination that attracts some 80,000 visitors a year. Experienced climbers agree that The Gunks is one of the best climbing locations in the eastern United States. Solid quartz conglomerate with horizontal (rather than vertical) cracks, The Gunks are the easternmost ridge of the Appalachians. Most of the Gunks is part of the Mohonk Preserve, a land trust that preserves and protects the northern Shawangunk Ridge. Climbers have access to more than five linear miles of cliff face with over 1,000 routes. Acres of accessible boulders provide a variety of bouldering challenges for all levels of skills. Parking and sanitary facilities are available. A daily fee is charged for access to The Gunks.
The guides and outfitters profiled below provide guided rock climbing experiences in New York’s Shawangunk Mountains or “The Gunks” for beginning or advanced climbers.
Mountain Skills Climbing Guides
Based in New Paltz, New York, Mountain Skills Climbing Guides has been providing climbing guide services since 1984. The outfitter has programs for first-time climbers as well as experienced climbers who want to develop new skills. Courses include an introduction to rock climbing, multi-pitch rock climbing, top rope anchor building, learn to lead, multi-pitch anchor transition, and self-rescue.
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Gunks Climbing with Alpine Endeavors
Based in the Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains of New York, Alpine Endeavors is an American Mountain Guides Association accredited guide service. It offers climbing instruction to climbers of all abilities from beginner to advanced for rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and mountaineering. In addition to guided climbs and climbing instruction, Alpine endeavors also leads guided hikes and snowshoeing in the local area. The outfitter operates year-round.
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Eastern Mountain Sports Gunks Climbing
Eastern Mountain Sports has been providing outdoor programs in climbing and other outdoor activities since 1968. The outfitters Gunks Climbing School is based in Gardiner, New York. Programs on The Gunks include basic and advanced climbing, glacier skills and crevasse rescue and learning to lead, as well as private guided climbs.
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Founded in 1974 and based in New Paltz, New York, High Exposure conducts guided climbs for all levels of climbers from beginners to advanced. The outfitter teaches beginning climbing, making a transition from indoor climbing to outdoor climbing, moving from intermediate to advanced climbing and learning to lead. High Exposure organizes group climbs, corporate outings, and family retreats. It has extensive experience working with kids.
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