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Roadtreking's Fall Leaf and Rock Climbing
Mon, Oct 2, 2017, 12:00 PM – Fri, Oct 6, 2017, 11:00 AM EDT
We're fortunate to be able to spend a week in the incredible Shawangunks. The Gunks are a mecca for climbers, hikers, and bicyclists.
The Mohonk Trust first started some 50 years ago to preserve the unique natural resources of the area. Over the years the Trust has grown and now encompasses some of the best rock climbing on the East Coast. You can walk along the cliffs, ride your bike, or explore the area around the Gunks.
We will be providing a discounted day of climbing. You need to buy your discounted ticket when you register. You do not need any special equipment; the guides will provide all the gear you need. If you've never climbed, not to worry, they have assured me that most novices survive their first day. (The fee is less than half the normal daily rate. There will be one guide for 4 climbers for the entire day.)
Things to do in the area:
Climb. If you plan to climb, buy the excellent Gunk App for a guide. The visitor center also has paper copies available. If you've never climbed, we have a special deal for you. For $75 per person, High Xposure Adventures will provide gear and lessons and the permit for the day. The only requirement is that you have average mobility. The guides will select gear and climbs based on your comfort level. If you plan to climb on your own, you will need the Plus Membership.
Hike. There are tons of trails throughout the preserve. Included in the basic mermbership we provide.
Bike. There are excellent carriage roads through the preserve. These are well maintained fine gravel roads that make for a comfortable ride. Note that you need the Plus Membership for biking.
You can check out the nearby Minnewaska State Park for lakes, waterfalls, and such.
And you will for ever regret if you do not stop by the nearby Cohen's Bakery in Ellenville. They make the best black pumpernickle bread, bar none. Worth every penny.
We have special arrangements so your ticket provides you with a standard membership for 2 in the Mohonk Trust. This gets you the discounted campground, access for hiking all trails within the preserve. If you sign up for the guided climbs, your climb permit for the day is included.
For more information on fees, check out the fees page. And note the very generous military policy at the bottom of the page.
About the campground:
We're staying at the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground. This campground is set up for tents and has beautiful walk-in sites. As this is normally a tent-only campground there are no hookups at any of the sites. Some of the areas are poorly suited for RV parking, so this might be a time to dig that tent up from the attic and enjoy camping the way it should be. More info and a map here.
This event is limited to Class Bs, camper vans, and tents due to campground restrictions. No trailers, no truck campers, no Class Cs or Class As.
The sites are reserved, so pick a site. It's a bit of a crap shoot how well your side may suit you; some are flat and some are sloped. Sites from 17 to 30 may be sloped quite a bit. 21-26 are walk-in sites; you park in a shared parking area and walk a short way to your site in the woods.