The Gunks Climbers’ Coalition is an advocacy group dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable opportunities for responsible climbing along the Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding areas.
The Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding lands are a beautiful and majestic area noted for striking landscapes, distant views and world-class climbing. The remarkable legacy of the Shawangunks, one of the oldest and most distinguished climbing areas in the United States, is shared with visitors from the world over, who enjoy its unique climbing opportunities as well as its natural and scenic setting. We seek to balance expansion of climbing opportunities with respect for the unique ecosystems of the ridge.
Our Statement of Values:
- The long-term benefits for those who live near or visit the Shawangunks.
- A sustainable healthy climbing resource.
- Participating in networks, partnerships, and communities with related interests in order to meet our common goals.
- Grassroots support from a diverse climbing community.
- Our contribution to local communities.
- An educational approach to resolving issues.
The Gunks Climbers’ Coalition is an official affiliate of The Access Fund, keeping climbing areas open and conserving the climbing environment.
On August 3rd, 2002, Access Fund Coordinator, John Meyers, held a meeting at Rock and Snow to talk about forming a Gunks Climbers’ Coalition. About 80 climbers turned out to hear him discuss his vision for an influential and constructive organization. Volunteer forms were handed out and a steering committee was formed to create the organization. Shortly afterwards, John was unable to continue spearheading the project and the steering committee began growing the organization on their own, led by Lizz Bartlett as the chairman.
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