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The Gunks Climbers Coalition, established in the fall of 2002, is an advocacy group dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable opportunities for responsible climbing along the Shawangunk Ridge and surrounding areas.

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April 15, 2014
Spring 2014 GCC Members BBQ Party - May 17th

Save the date! It's springtime, and that means it's time for our bi-annual GCC Members BBQ party on Saturday May 17th at 5pm at the Mohonk Preserve Visitors Center on Route 44/55 in Gardiner, NY.

This party (including food and drink) is free for GCC Members and only GCC members can attend. However, if you're not a member, you can join at the door, or even better, go to the Access Fund website and join or renew there but you must specify that the Gunks Climbers' Coalition is your local affiliate in order to get dual membership to both organizations.

We are not tracking RSVPs on Facebook - to officially RSVP, we will have an Eventbrite page set up shortly so we know how much food and beer to purchase. Stay tuned for that link.


April 15, 2014
GCC Board of Directors/Treasurer Elections

We welcome our newest GCC Board member, Jason Beaupre. At this time we would also like to thank our outgoing GCC Treasurer, Fred Polvere for his years of service to the GCC. At the next GCC meeting, on May 8th, 2014, the GCC Board of Directors will be voting on two new nominees for the GCC Board. Dustin Portzline has been nominated as the new GCC Treasurer, and Matt Logan has been nominated as a GCC Board Member-At-Large. We are very excited to bring some new people and new ideas into the organization. If you would like to be on the GCC Board of Directors and can commit the time, please send us an email and start attending our meetings.


December 30, 2013
GCC Board of Directors Nominees

Elections for the GCC Board of Directors will be held on January 16th, 2014. Voting is only open to current members of the board of directors. Click here to see the nominees and a little about them. If you would like to be on the GCC Board of Directors and can commit the time, please send us an email and start attending our meetings.


December 12, 2013
Changes to the GCC By-Laws

There will be a vote on January 16th, 2014 to made two amendments to the Gunks Climbers' Coalition by-laws. Voting is only open to current members of the GCC board of directors. Click here for details.

(Update: Note that the amendments have voted on and have been passed).


November 1, 2013
GCC's Gym-to-Crag Program premiere at the Access Fund Education Summit

Over the weekend of November 1st, representatives of local climbing organizations, gyms, pro climbers, and other climbing advocates gathered at the Mohonk Preserve Vistor's Center to discuss and formulate strategies for educational outreach to lessen the impact to our climbing areas. With the influx of climbers being introduced to the sport, impacts to access, the environment, and user experiences are growing. The Access Fund hopes to prevent that by instilling climbers with a stewardship and low-impact ethic to protect climbing access.

Representatives of the GCC were in attendance, and Tim Keenan, co-chair of the GCC, presented our Gym-to-Crag program, in its entirety, for the first time. It was very well received and lots of enthusiastic discussion followed into the evening.

The GCC hosted a BBQ for the attendees that evening on the patio and a thoughtful and good time was had by all.

Professional climber, Joey Kinder, attended the summit and summed it up nicely in his blog post, Educate for Access.

Joe Kinder with Jannette Pazer, GCC Secretary and Tim Keenan, GCC Co-chair


April 15, 2013
Dickie Barre Climbing Area Set to Open April 20th

On April 20, 2013, the Dickie Barre area of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve will be open to climbing. This is the first expansion of a climbing area as put forth by the 2010 Master Plan. On behalf of the Gunks Climbers Coalition, I would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time with trail and road building, surveying, and other essential activities that made this possible.

Your efforts have gone a long way to establishing a positive relationship with Minnewaska State Park. This is essential as we continue our mission to open other areas of the Park. Click here for a letter from Park Manager, Jorge Gomes, to the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in Albany acknowledging the work of the GCC on the Dickie Barre carriage road. Please take some time this season to check out this newly opened climbing area, and thank you again.

Sincerely, Peter Cody GCC Co-Chair


April 2012
Fantastic Turn-Out for GCC's Adopt-A-Crag Day at Lost City
The Gunks Climbers' Coalition would like to thank all the volunteers who showed up to help out with trail work at Lost City On Sunday April 22, 2012. The forecast was for miserable amounts of heavy rain and cold temperatures, yet approximately 47 people showed up to help out! The biggest turnout for adopt-a-crag ever! The weather cooperated beautifully - temps were cool but not too cold, and the rain didn't show up until we had all gotten in our cars and driven away.

An unofficial trail was made official. Crews of volunteers graded the steep trail, putting in water bars and steps in steep sections. The Mohonk Preserve will blaze the trail and put in signage to tread lightly. Other crews graded another trail and helped line the steep downhill side with rocks. And another crew replaced old water bars along King's Path.

It was a huge amount of work that was made possible by the sheer number of volunteers who were very productive and hard working, while still having fun. Afterwards people took home Rock and Snow water bottles, numerous items donated by the Access Fund, and a handmade beautiful chalk bag by Climb Addict, as well as numerous stickers and Cliff Bars.

We appreciate all of the help and support and hope we can get another great turnout at our May 19-20 work day in Minnewaska to prepare the Dickie Barre climbing area for opening.


GCC Membership BBQ Pictures
Pictures from our April 21st Gunks Climbers' Coalition Membership BBQ have been posted on our GCC Facebook page. Have a look and tag yourself and your friends.


Access Fund/GCC Benefit Carnival Pictures
Pictures from our March 29th Access Fund / Gunks Climbers' Coalition Benefit and Carnival at The Cliffs at Valhalla have been posted up on our GCC Facebook page.


January 17, 2012
The GCC donates $7,500 to Mohonk Preserve

Press Release:
On December 30. 2011, the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition (GCC) donated $7,500 to the Mohonk Preserve in support of planning for and stewardship of the Northern Preserve in Rosendale, which includes Giants Ledges and The Waterworks.

Pete Cody and France Menk of the GCC giving $7,500 donation to Joe Alfano and Glenn Hoagland of the Mohonk Preserve for the Waterworks Bouldering Area in Rosendale

GCC has pledged a total of $50,000 to the Preserve over the next ten years to support the creation of a master plan of site design and long-term access management of the Northern Preserve. In 2010, the organization made an initial $11,000 donation toward this pledge.

“We are grateful to the GCC and the entire climbing community who have responded so enthusiastically to our conservation efforts in the Northern Preserve and throughout the Shawangunk Ridge,” said Mohonk Preserve Executive Director Glenn Hoagland. “Climbers have always been some of our most ardent and generous members, donors and volunteers.”

The Mohonk Preserve is currently developing a plan for expanding opportunities for hikers, bicyclists, climbers and others in the Northern Preserve, while also ensuring protection of the land. The GCC is working with the Preserve on future management plans for the area.

Pete Cody of the GCC giving $7,500 donation to Glenn Hoagland of the Mohonk Preserve for the Waterworks Bouldering Area in Rosendale
“Our donation is on behalf of the entire climbing community, whose members have, by their individual contributions, made our own collective one possible.”

The GCC is now an official affiliate of the Access Fund. As such, your membership with us includes a full membership with the Access Fund. For more information, visit

About the Mohonk Preserve
Located in five Ulster County towns, the Mohonk Preserve is the largest member - and visitor -supported nature preserve in New York State.
For more information, visit or call (845) 255-0919.


New Restrictions at MUA Campground
March 18, 2011

The Gunks Climbers' Coalition received the following announcement about the Multi-Use Area Campground on Route 44-55.


Due to continued impact on public health, safety and environmental resources at the Shawangunk Multiple Use Area, designated campsites are being reduced to 9 as shown on this map (click here).

All designated camp sites will be on the south side of the road and large enough to accommodate the legal limit of up to 9 campers per site. Groups are encouraged to share campsites in order to allow the maximum number of 81 campers.

Parking will only be allowed in the main parking lot on the south side of the road, the same side of the road as camping. The parking lot on the north side of the road will be blocked off to prevent the public (campers) from parking there and crossing the road to camp. Parking along the shoulder of route 299 will be prohibited to limit traffic/pedestrian issues.

Any questions should be directed to Jeffrey Wiegert at (845) 256-3084


Rosendale Waterworks Climbing Access To Be Announced
September 27, 2010

Rosendale Waterworks Climbing Access To Be Announced by the Mohonk Preserve!

On Monday, September 27th, the Mohonk Preserve will be announcing the beginning of public climbing and bouldering visits to the Rosendale Waterworks parcel, which has been recently acquired by the Open Space Conservancy, the acquisition affiliate of the Open Space Institute. The Waterworks parcel is being managed by the Mohonk Preserve.

Visits to the site are available to Mohonk Preserve climbing members and Mohonk Preserve Climbing day pass holders. Visits are by reservation only, and are led by Mohonk Preserve volunteers. To sign up for announcements regarding visits click the link below, or visit and search Waterworks Climbing Tour in the location Rosendale.

The events go online and are viewable only 48 hours before the day of the event. Volunteers are lined up to give tours on upcoming Saturdays and Sundays until the snow falls.

The Gunks Climbers' Coalition was the catalyst that made this climbing area possible. We continue fund raising efforts to help defray the costs of managing this new area. Please contribute to our Rosendale Waterworks Project Fund by visiting our GCC website donations page and sending in your online donation via PayPal. We thank all who have contributed time and/or money to this effort and look forward to your continuing support.


Millbrook cliff land acquisition
March 10, 2010

The Open Space Institute (OSI) announced today the acquisition and permanent protection of 67 acres of dramatic Millbrook cliff face on the southeastern edge of the Shawangunk Ridge. OSI’s acquisition now paves the way for opening the site up for public access and enjoyment, as it will be added to the neighboring Mohonk Preserve for management as a public recreation area.
Click here for the press release from OSI.


GCC Position on Private Land
September 23, 2009

The GCC has released a statement on our position regarding climbing on private land. To see it, CLICK HERE.


Near Trapps Access Closure
April 8, 2009

The Near Trapps at the Gunks offer nearly a mile of classic and popular climbs just south of Route 44-55. In 1993, the Access Fund worked with the Mohonk Preserve, Open Space Institute, and Friends of Shawangunks to protect access to the Near Trapps, but a portion remains on private land. Earlier this month, a portion of the Near Trapps was closed to climbing. This includes land below the cliff to above cliff-line and starts approximately at Eenie Meenie and continues south about 200 feet. Climbers are asked to respect the no-trespassing signs and obtain access to climbs further south by hiking in from the Millbrook Ridge Trail along a descent trail blazed by orange survey tape. The Gunks Climbers' Coalition is addressing the issue and looking into potential solutions.


Wrap Up Summary for the 2008 Season
Chris Moratz, GCC co-chair and Access Fund regional coordinator, summarizes our GCC activities of 2008. Click here to read the article.


The GCC Presented with the Mohonk Preserve's 2008 Thom Scheuer Memorial Stewardship Award
October 11, 2008

Chris Moratz, Chairman and Jannette Pazer, Secretary General, both members of the Board of Directors for the Gunks Climbers' Coalition, are very pleased to have been presented with the Mohonk Preserve's Thom Scheuer Memorial Stewardship Award this past Saturday October 11. For us, it is a great honor to be recognized for our achievements in the past years. We have worked with great diligence in order to solidify climber relations with land managers along the Shawangunk Ridge, work toward opening new climbing area access, improve climber trails, prevent erosion and soil compaction in heavily used areas, sponsor events and raise funds for donation of rescue equipment, and generally serve as a liason for the climbing community. All of this would not be possible if we were not supported by the local climbing community, the national Access Fund of which we are an affiliate, as well as Rock and Snow of New Paltz and local rock climbing guide services. For Jannette and Chris as well as our fellow members of the Board of Directors, Mr. Robert O'Brien, Mr. Ajax Greene, Ms. France Menk, and Mr. Dana Perry, who represent our all volunteer organization, this honor is a great milestone and will serve to inspire us into the future as we continue our mission.

Jannette Pazer (GCC Secretary), Jon Ross (Mohonk Preserve Visitor Services Coordinator and long time Gunks Guide), Glenn Hoagland (Mohonk Preserve Executive Director), and Chris Moratz (GCC Co-Chairman) accepting the award at the New Paltz Climbing Film Festival.

Jannette Pazer and Chris Moratz with the award.





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