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.
The Access Fund & Black Diamond ROCK Project Tour of 2015 came to Brooklyn Boulders gym on May 2nd, and what a great day! Clinics with pro climbers, presentations, poster signings, food, beer, raffles, and a strong message about responsible climbing.
The Access Fund ROCK Project Tour in NYC gathered notable Gunks climbers, gym owners & pro climbers for a Roundtable Discussion to discuss the challenges & solutions to educating the growing climbing population in May of 2015.