Fall 2021 – Dates TBD
No experience necessary!
15 – 30
COST: $225 per person
This October please join us in one of the most majestic climbing destinations in the world, The Gunks! Peak foliage, outstanding conditions, and bomber rock quality are just a few of the highlights you will experience during this immersive weekend in New Paltz, NY. The weekend features two days of climbing, camping under the stars, great food and even better community.
Since 1935, climbers at the Shawangunks – aka “Gunks” – bringing people from all over the world have been pushing the limit and putting the Mohonk Preserve on the map. There are more than 1,000 routes, and our climbing will range from 5.5 – 5.10, with the majority of the routes falling around the 5.6 – 5.8 range. There is something here for everyone! We provide instruction for all ages, ability, mobility levels and types. With the help of the Mohonk Preserve and its Rangers, Paradox Sports is thrilled to bring you another year of climbing and camping on the beautifully maintained and protected land.
NOTE: For our Gunks 2020 trip, and due to COVID-19 restrictions on group size and our internal guidelines, we will be accepting applications only at this time. The application period will close on September 10th. An application does not guarantee a spot on the trip. Please see the pre-requisites section below for more details. Paradox Sports staff will contact all applicants individually by September 14th. If accepted onto the trip, payment will be due by September 18, 2020 to confirm your spot. We are not taking any volunteers this year.
This is the most accessible outdoor Legacy Trip that Paradox Sports runs! Mohonk Preserve actively promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities on the land and within our programs. See more about their commitment to accessibility on their website here: https://www.mohonkpreserve.org/visit/accessibility.html
Accessibility at the campground includes paved roads to and from the campsites and group pavilions. Campsite is approximately 1/4 mile from the group pavilion. You will be sleeping in a tent so please bring your own equipment for transfers and camping mobility. The climbing sites are located on a gravel carriage road. Paradox Sports strives to serve all individuals regardless of ability, and encourages individuals considering this program to review our Essential Eligibility Criteria here, and the prerequisites specific to this program below. If you have specific questions about this program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change.
A finalized schedule will be emailed to you before the trip.
4 PM: Arrive and set-up camp at Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground
6 PM: Welcome dinner and program overview
8 PM: Campfire
7:30 AM: Breakfast at Camp
9 AM – 4 PM: Full day of climbing at Mohonk Preserve (Gunks)
* pack your own lunch for the crag!
6 PM: Dinner and campfire
7:30 AM: Breakfast at Camp
9 AM – 2 PM: Half day of climbing at Mohonk Preserve
* pack your own lunch for the crag
3 PM: Pack up and depart New Paltz
We encourage participants to have basic outdoor experience and at minimum an introductory understanding of either rock climbing. Each year we welcome first-time climbers into our community, right alongside some of the best in the world. There will be routes available for a wide variety of skill levels, and coaches to help you succeed – whatever your goal may be. Our climbing will range from 5.5-5.10, with the majority of routes falling around the 5.6-5.8 range. Additionally for our 2020 trip, participants must meet the following criteria:
Participants must not be on the CDC list of people at increased risk
Participants must provide their own transportation to/from the crag each day.
Participants should be able to don/doff/adjust harnessing independently OR with the assistance of another participant from the same household.
Participants must be able to move about the Gunks carriage road (bumpy gravel road) independently, with or without the use of a wheelchair or assistive device OR with the assistance of another participant from the same household.