Redefining Balance, who organizes retreats combining yoga, slacklining, rock climbing, surfing and other outdoor adventures in a variety of locations around the world, will donate 5% of the proceeds of their recent New Paltz retreat to the Gunks Climbers' Coalition.
The GCC has been working with the Mohonk Preserve to place bolted rappel stations that help save trees, improve safety, and preserve the traditional climbing ethic. Nine new anchors were approved and installed this week.
The GCC has been busy replacing dangerous old anchors at the Gunks. The Sixish anchor was found to have rotted, rusty pins, and Outer Space Direct had a complicated mess of old tat for an anchor. They have now been replaced with new, safer equipment.
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.
We are pleased to report that a cooperative effort of the GCC and the Access Fund has made significant progress toward the goal of expanded climbing opportunities within Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
In an effort to reverse climber impact and erosion, the GCC 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.
Help us expand climbing opportunities in Minnewaska State Park Preserve by using the Access Fund's Action Alert letter-writing tool to tell New York State to develop the climbing management plan they said they would.