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.
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. Wheelchairs with larger tires or ‘free-wheel’ can typically navigate the terrain with a spotter. The Mohonk Preserve Rangers will also be helping transport climbers with limited mobility from the parking lot to the climbing site.
Participants will have ample support from staff, guides and volunteers but should have a base level of comfort traveling in the outdoors. Paradox Sports strives to serve all individuals regardless of ability, and encourages individuals considering this program to review our Essential Eligibility Criteria here. 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
What you need to bring will vary depending on the type of trip, time of year, lodging situation, length, or other factors! You will be emailed a complete packing list specific to your trip prior to the event along with other trip information, but here are some example items of what to pack:
Being properly dressed is essential to enjoying your outdoor adventures. Layering will give you more versatility, depending on the weather and your activity level.
Wool or Synthetic Shirts: No cotton! Cotton keeps you cold if you sweat and it takes a long time to dry out, while wicking fabrics help you regulate your core temperature and avoid overheating or chilling.
Pants: Synthetic abrasion resistant pants are best for climbing. Lightweight and stretchy to allow you to move are the rock are ideal!
Waterproof and Breathable Shell: Rain jacket with a hood should always be in your pack just in case.
Insulating Jacket: A heavy fleece, down or synthetic puffy jacket to keep you warm in the shade at the crag or at night – especially for camping trips.
Footwear: Climbing shoes if you have them, hiking shoes for the approach, flip flops for at the crag.
If you do not have your own, you can request to borrow any necessary gear during registration.
Personal Hydration System: water bottles or bladder with a hose in your backpack. Recommended to have at least 2 (1) Liter bottles.
Backpack: large enough to hold all your gear without strapping extra gear to the side. It’s nice to have a pack that has a hip belt to help support the weight. Recommended size is 25-35L pack.
Climbing Helmet: required!
Chalk Bag (optional)
Two Locking Carabiners (optional)
One long runner or sling (optional)
Any adaptive equipmentor systems you use for climbing. For example, Evolv Climbing shoe and TRS foot!
Additional Gear for CAMPING TRIPS:
Camp chair for at crag or at camp
Bowl and utensils
Personal hygiene products, toiletries
Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm and hat for sun protection
Medications – please let us know if you have medications that require refrigeration
Camera – light, point and shoot or phone recommended
Travel Mug for hot beverages
Snacks and Food: Typically, meals are provided, and we will have some snacks and bars available. However, you may want to consider bringing some snacks of your own, especially if you have dietary constraints.
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.
Due to the nature of this program, volunteers should have previous experience on a Paradox Sports trip, attended a Paradox Sports volunteer training, Adaptive Climbing Initiative course, and/or be an experienced climber. We encourage all volunteers to have experience in the outdoors. Volunteers are expected to belay, be comfortable assisting others through variable terrain, and have at least an introductory understanding of climbing and the associated equipment. Paradox Sports reserves the right to assign volunteers to appropriate roles based on the assessment of experience, skills, comfort and overall ability.
This trip is a car camping trip – please come prepared for all weather! Individuals should be prepared to bring their own camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, pads, cook setup, etc.). Paradox has some gear available to loan if requested.
There are accessible hot showers and flush toilets at the main pavilion of the campground where we meet for all meals. There are vault toilets with bars at the preserve within 1/4 mile from the climbing area. Black bears active within the Mohonk Preserve and surrounding area. At the AAC Campground, you may not store any food or scented items in your tent (ie. candy, snacks, sunscreen, chapstick, toothpaste, etc). We will provide you a space to store toiletries and other items if needed. Camping fees are including in your registration.
All participants and volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the event as well as during the weekend.
Mohonk Preserve is located outside of New Paltz, New York in south eastern New York state, halfway between Albany and New York City.
Paradox Sports can help connect you with rideshare options with other participants or volunteers joining, depending on ride availability. During registration you will have the option to request carpool, and include where you will be coming from.
The closest metropolitan areas and airports within driving distance are:
• Albany – 1 1/2 hours
• Bergen County, NJ – 1 1/4 hours
• Boston – 4 hours
• Philadelphia – 3 1/2 hours
• Nassau County – 2 1/4 hours
• New York City – 1 1/2 hours
• Suffolk County – 3 hours
• Syracuse – 3 1/2 hours
We encourage climbers to bring their own personal gear if possible, including a harness, helmet, and climbing shoes. All group gear, including ropes, anchor material, bouldering pads will be provided. Climbers will also need to bring all personal camping gear, including tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and appropriate clothing. Paradox Sports has a limited range of climbing shoes, helmets, harnesses, and camping gear available to loan if you need to borrow please indicate in your registration. You can see a full packing list for trips at the button above, and we are happy to answer any questions about gear that you might have!
Paradox will provide Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast and dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Individuals are responsible for their own lunches and snacks during the day at the crag. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions, please include that in your registration.
• Professional guides and instruction with a ratio of 2:1
• Camping and Guide Fees
• Meals: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch
• Gear: Technical rock climbing equipment (please indicate your gear needs in your registration)
• Limited Edition Paradox Sports Legacy Trips T-Shirt!
What’s Not Included:
• Transportation: All participants and volunteers are responsible for getting to and from the event, as well as transportation during the weekend.
• Guardian / Partner registrations: Each registration is for one individual only. If your friends, significant other, guardian or personal aid would like to join, we ask that they register as a volunteer for the trip and help cover the costs of lodging, meals, logistics, guides, etc. and that they are eager and willing to be an active part of the community for the weekend!
• Alcohol is not included, and not permitted while on Paradox Sports programs.
We have a cancellation policy to ensure the maximum number of climbers can attend and spots do not go unused.
If you cancel:
• 2 weeks or more before the event, you will receive a full refund of your registration fees unless costs were incurred by Paradox Sports; in that case, we may retain 10% of your registration fee.
• Less than 2 weeks before the event and we cannot fill your spot, you will be charged 50% of the registration fee.
• Without notice (no-show) your registration fee is non-refundable and we will retain the full fee.
• For cancellations due to emergency situations and special cases, please contact us to discuss options. We will work with you for the best solution.
Questions? Please contact us at email@example.com or by phone 720-638-5593