Gunks News

The Latest News for the Gunks Climbing Community

October 30, 2015: The Cliffs at LIC – REEL ROCK 10 Films & Halloween Party; GCC Benefit Raffle

On Friday, October 30th, the Cliffs at LIC will be hosting a Reel Rock 10 Film Screening and a Halloween Dance Party. Note that these aren’t the same films presented at the New Paltz Film Festival. They will have a Halloween costume contest and raffle with “ridiculously sick prizes” benefiting the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition. Members of the GCC Board of Directors will be there to...
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Snakes of the Shawangunk Ridge

While climbing or hiking (or even swimming!) in the Gunks, there’s a good chance you’ll eventually run into a snake. We hope this will help you identify common snakes in the area and know which ones are poisonous. Non-Poisonous Snakes These snakes may bite if threatened, and while these snakes are not poisonous, they can cause localized irritation or other more serious conditions and there...
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New Fixed Protection Replacement in the Trapps!

Over the last few weeks GCC board members Christian Fracchia and Dustin Portzline with the help of Andy Salo have been busy replacing fixed protection on climbs in the Trapps! The quality and strength of aging bolts and pins have been suspect for some time. Arrow’s top bolt was easily broken with an 1/8 of a turn of a wrench!...
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New Fixed Rappel Anchors in the Trapps

In an effort to reverse climber impact and erosion, the Gunks Climber’s Coalition / Anchor Evaluation Committee with the Mohonk Preserve has removed high traffic tree anchors. Bolted Fixed Rappel Anchors have been installed and slope restoration areas have been roped off at the top of Jackie, Betty and Baby to move climber traffic to more durable rock surfaces.