GunksFest FAQ and List of Clinics & Films

Thanks for your interest in the 2023 GCC GunksFest! Here are the details about the weekend.

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Ticketing

Please note the following to ensure you purchase the correct tickets. You have five choices:

  • Tier 1 – Camping, Full Festival + Film Fest
    • All Access Pass. Includes camping for 3 nights, crag tours for bouldering and climbing, Saturday & Sunday film festival, community meet-ups, access to the property and clinics.
  • Tier 2 – Festival & Films – All Days
    • Does not include camping. Includes crag tours for bouldering and climbing, Saturday & Sunday film festival, community meet-ups, access to the property and clinics.
  • Tier 3 – Films Only – Saturday & Sunday
    • Includes both Saturday & Sunday evening Film Fest only – does not include camping/clinics/climbing or other festival access.
  • Tier 4 – Films Only – Saturday
    • Saturday evening Film Fest only – does not include camping/clinics/climbing or other festival access.
  • Tier 5 – Films Only – Sunday
    • Sunday evening Film Fest only – does not include camping/clinics/climbing or other festival access.

You must have a Tier 1 or Tier 2 ticket to register for clinics & tours!

Register for your clinics as an Add-On to your Festival Ticket. If you already have a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Festival Ticket and later want to add another clinic, you can do so, but you must register with the same name and email address as your festival ticket so we know you are eligible.

Pay attention to the start and end times for your clinics to make sure they don’t overlap!

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Agenda

6:00 PM Friday, October 6 Camping Opens Campground opens at Stone Mountain Farm.
9:00 AM Saturday, October 7 Clinics Begin Full day of clinics – check ticketing page to register for our 15+ clinics available for the day. Please note that a festival pass is required for all clinics.
6:00 PM Saturday, October 7 Presenters & Discussion Details soon.
7:00 PM Saturday, October 7 Films Begin Night one of our film lineup. Approx 90 minutes of films, with intermission to browse vendors, hang with climbing friends, and enjoy our contests with prizes sponsored by Patagonia.
9:00 AM Sunday, October 8 Clinics Begin Full day of clinics – check ticketing page to register for our 15+ clinics available for the day. Please note that a festival pass is required for all clinics.
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Sunday, October 8 Mohonk Preserve Ranger Presentation The Mohonk Preserve Ranger team is back to discuss their PSAR initiatives, and update on accidents and incidents at the preserve.
7:30 PM Sunday, October 8 Films Begin Night two of our film lineup. Approx 90 minutes of films, with intermission to browse vendors, hang with climbing friends, and enjoy our contests with prizes sponsored by Patagonia.
Monday, October 9 Campground Closes  

GunksFest Film Festival

Join us for two nights of climbing films. Full Festival tickets (Tier 1 & Tier 2) have access to both nights of films. Tickets for either Saturday night, Sunday night or both nights are also available for those who do not have festival tickets.

In case of rain, the film fest will happen on the stage under the big white tent. Bring a cushion or something to sit on (chairs will have to be off to the side or in the back as to not obstruct the view).

Saturday Night – starts at 6:30pm

Presentations – Special guest: Raheim Robinson

Visionary director and outdoor enthusiast will introduce the theme of “experience,” speaking about his experience as a climber. He’ll play a short video of GunksFest attendees’ sharing their experiences before screening his film “We All Live Here”. Afterwards, Julie Seyfert and Raheim will discuss what experience means in climbing

Grass Roots – with intro by Raheim Robinson, Director

An Ambassador Docu-series by HBCUs Outside.

This film follows HBCUs Outside FAMU Ambassador Adrian Wilson leading an experience for Rattlers Outside with support from Black Diamond Equipment. (5m)

Shawangunk PUMP! Roof Climbing in the Gunks

Veteran Gunks climber, Julie Seyfert, put down her 35mm in order to capture on video the trials and tribulations of Gunks climbers as they hump, grope and sometimes even style 25 of our most classic roof problems. (2007) (45m)

INTERMISSION

Contests, visit our vendors.

Beta – Life as a Chalk Bag

A climbing chalk bag struggles with their purpose in life.
Directed by Caroline Cummings. (4 min)

Wet Lycra Nightmare

When two climbers partner up to free climb a route in Yosemite on the steepest big wall in the United States, but only one succeeds, they rejoin again the next season to free climb the route over two days. Watch as Jordan Cannon and Sam Stroh attempt to free-climb the Leaning Tower’s, Wet Lycra Nightmare 5.13d.
Directed by Sam Crossley. (20m)

What The Hands Do

Mariana Mendoza and Miguel Casar are attracted to proud, challenging boulders and approach the sport with passion and dedication.

At the same time, they believe that climbing hard is not the only thing that matters. As lifelong social justice advocates, they ask: How can we use climbing to cultivate joy and connection in our communities? Can climbing create opportunities for meaningful growth? How can we use climbing to shape the world we want to see
Directed by Academy Award Best Feature Documentary nominee, Bing Liu. (36m)

Sunday Night – starts at 6:30pm 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Mohonk Preserve Ranger Presentation

The Mohonk Preserve Ranger team is back to discuss their PSAR initiatives, and update on accidents and incidents at the preserve.

7:30 pm: Films Begin

Luminoso

N.S. David loves rock climbing more than anything, but sometimes she wonders why – it hurts, it smells, it makes her toenails fall off. Looking for an answer, she sets off to Mexico with an ambitious goal: climb “El Sendero Luminoso.” At over 1500 feet, this towering limestone mountain is – she freely admits – “way too hard” for her. But as she makes friends, eats too many tacos, attempts to go running, and battles other, more daunting, obstacles, the answer becomes clear.
Directed by Kai Axmacher. (35min)

The Long Wall

Have you ever pondered what the longest climbing route in the world is?
You may have guessed that it was the great Mt. Thor on Baffin Island, Canada (4,101ft), or perhaps even the Azeem ridge on the Trango Towers, Pakistan (7,400ft), both impressively large in size, but even these are dwarfed in comparison to the unlikely record holder.

Nestled amongst the lush hillsides of upstate New York sits a bluff of quartzite rock known as the Gunks. Regarded as the birthplace of American climbing, its short yet mighty wall stretches more than 9000 ft… horizontally.

Established by Dan Rosanstein and Ken Nichols in 1987, the Great Wall of China route is a masterpiece of esoterica which traverses the entire wall, its greatest crux may be jug rash, bugs, and dog walkers.

One Dream. Two Dirtbags. 9000 ft of Climbing.
Directed by Gareth Leah. (21min)

INTERMISSION

Contests, visit our vendors.

Freeze Thaw

Climbers are out there—we climb the highest peaks, roam deserts, and explore the woods for the most inspiring boulders. And the climbing community has been increasingly seeing anecdotal evidence of climate change impacting our climbing landscapes. But stories are one thing–scientific evidence, on the other hand, can be our topo for advocating for change.

In a first-of-its-kind study currently a finalist for the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) Mountain Protection Award, a team from the American Alpine Club joined up with climate researchers from the University of New Hampshire to take a close look at the historical data on seasonal temperatures and ice season length in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire, one of the premiere ice climbing destinations in the United States. With the context of this historical data, the team ultimately created a climate model to predict the length of ice climbing seasons in the future, under moderate and high emission scenarios. The AAC team also interviewed dozens of guides in the region to gather qualitative data about how tumultuous climate impacts are impacting the guiding economy that is an integral part of these NH mountain communities. Ultimately—climate change is impacting climbing, and the economies built around it. But we’re ready to do something about it.
Directed by Nate Ptacek. (14m)

A Little Life

Professional climber Keenan Takahashi reflects on a life of passion while attempting to climb a terrifying and difficult new route in the legendary Buttermilk Boulders of Bishop California.
Directed by Eric Bissell. (22m)

Pioneers

On 10 August 2021, Peter Moser linked six of the main peaks of the Pale di San Martino in a single day. Inspired by the pioneers of mountaineering, Peter carried out the solo traverse along the historic routes of the first climbers, relying solely on his own experience as a mountain guide. A confrontation on equal terms with the mountain, at speed but without haste, an intimate journey that Peter Moser wanted to make in order to get to the roots of mountaineering and his being a mountaineer, where exploration and amazement for Nature are still possible.
Directed by Alessandro Beltrame. (30m)

GunksFest Clinics

You must have a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Festival ticket to register for any of our clinics. Register soon, as many clinics have very few slots. Here’s the list of clinics:

Note: status of available clinics is updated here when possible, but best to check the ticketing site or GCC social media for the latest status. Some cancellations may open up sold out clinics, or new clinics could be added. If you need to cancel your clinic registration, please contact us so we can open up another slot for someone else.

Sat 9am-10am: Yoga for Climbers

$17.85
incl. $2.85 Fee
Sales end on Oct 9, 2023

Offered by: Laura Stemmler Obringer

Date & time: Saurday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

A strong yoga flow sequenced to keep climbers healthy and balanced. Students will experience a traditional vinyasa flow blended with other elements of movement (ballistic mobility work, PNF, and myofascial glide). Mats provided! Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.

Required gear: Yoga mat & water bottle.

Prerequisites: This will be a moderately-paced flow. Beginners welcome.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am -4pm: Women's Top Rope Anchors - FULL

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Patty Lankhorst, EMS Guides

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

This women-specific clinic will offer a full day of hand-on anchor training, designed to get you off the ground comfortably. From natural anchors to gear anchors, Patty will have you covered and help you take the steps to safely develop strong anchor skills.

This is an anchoring fundamentals clinic designed to start you on your journey to get you climbing outside on your own. Using natural or fixed protection we’ll go over what it takes to set up your own rope systems.

Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear.

Prerequisites: Climbing experience helpful

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am-4pm: First Steps: Gym to Crag - FULL

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Franz Buzawa, EMS Guides

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Been thinking it’s time to get going with outdoor climbing, but don’t quite know where to start?

This clinic is for you! Tailored specifically for those who have spent time in the gym and are now looking to learn the fundamentals of taking that knowledge to the outdoors, this G2C experience is a perfect for those ready for that next step.

Come spend a day learning the skills you need to start climbing outdoors, and what you’ll need to get going as an outdoor climber.
Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear. Harness/Helmet.

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am-1pm: Gear Anchor Masterclass - FULL

$55.20
incl. $5.20 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Alan Kline of Rise Outside

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tired of being limited to bolt/fixed anchors and ready to take your anchoring skills to the next level using removable climbing gear?

This clinic with Alan Kline of Rise Outside covers gear placement, gear evaluation techniques, and combining everything to make a bomber anchor.

Required gear: Please bring any gear you might have including, but not limited to, cams and nuts, slings, carabiners, cord or other material used to equalize the gear.

Prerequisites: Outdoor Climbing Experience

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am-4pm: Intro to Self Rescue - FULL

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Eric Waldron, EMS Guides

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Join us for this session where you’ll develop tools for handle those sticky situations where things don’t go as planned.

Techniques may include, including anchor building, knot tying, ascending and descending ropes, belaying and improvised hauling systems.

Gain the confidence to handle unforeseen challenges for you and your climbing partners.

Required gear: Personal climbing gear.

Prerequisites: Trad climbing experience helpful.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am-4pm: How to Project

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Aaron Snider

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ever wonder how the upper echelon of climbers got to those steep grades? Talent helps, but the pros will tell you that it’s disciplined projecting that helps push the numbers.

EMS Guides’ Aaron Snider will be leading a day full of tactics for projecting in our roped area.

Unlock your true potential with our Projecting for Rock Climbing clinic! Join us for a focused session on the art of projecting, where we dive deep into the strategies and techniques for conquering your climbing goals.

Learn how to analyze routes, break down challenging sections, refine beta, and overcome mental barriers.

Led by experienced climbers, this clinic is designed to help you push your limits and make progress on your most challenging projects. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or just getting started, this clinic will provide you with the tools and mindset to take your climbing to the next level. Get ready to embrace the process and achieve new heights in your climbing journey!

Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear

Prerequisites: None.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9am: Waterworks Bouldering Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM

Guided tour of the Waterworks bouldering area. Our tour guides will bring you to this area, but you will be responsible for your own bouldering.

Limited to 10 participants.

Note: A festival pass must be purchased in order to access this tour.

Sat 9am: Roped Climbing Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM

Guided tour of the Grotto climbing area, with possible add on to the Owl Cliff. Our tour guides will bring you to these areas, but you will be responsible for your own climbing.

Please bring materials to build anchors or prepare to make friends!

Limited to 10 participants.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 9:30am: Size Matters: Mismatched Belays - FULL

Offered by: Julie Seyfert

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM

This clinic will cover often-overlooked-until-it’s-too-late safety techniques for belaying and leading when partners have a weight disparity.

Led by Gunks guide and first ascentionist Julie Seyfert, Size Matters will help belayers and leaders understand the risks and responsibilities of climbing with a partner mismatched in size.

Here we’ll cover things like: the importance of soft catches, belaying leader falls between roofs, using an Ohm or similar style device, ground anchors, belay positioning, strategies for raising a heavier climber when belaying from above, and more.

Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear.

Prerequisites: Climbing experience helpful

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 10am-12pm: Intro to the Gunks

Free
Sales end on Oct 8, 2023

Offered by: Jannette Pazer, GCC Secretary, mom, local, and Gunks climber for 42 years

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Welcome to the Gunks! If you’ve never climbed in the Gunks or are an infrequent visitor who wants to learn more about the area and useful beta to make your visit go more smoothly, then join us for this 2 hour clinic. This is not a technical clinic, so if you’re never climbed outside before, we recommend attending the “First Steps: Gym to Crag” clinic which will go into depth about what you’ll need to know to climb outdoors. Discussion is encouraged, and bring your questions!

We’ll cover some basic logistics like where to climb, where to park, who to call in an emergency and where there’s a cell signal.
We’ll cover some climbing beta like Gunks grades, typical racks, guidebooks, hazards, climbing with kids, and where to find guides or partners.

We’ll cover trip planning, like where to stay, where to eat, and fun stuff to do on rest days.
Also some background information like who owns the cliffs, a little history of the area and local ethics.

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 12pm-2pm: How To Be a Good Second

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 8, 2023

Offered by: Richard Goldstone

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
We are very happy to be bringing this clinic back, as it’s one of our most popular festival events.

From the technical to the theoretical, Gunks legend Richard Goldstone brings his legendary teaching style to this class – sure to pack the house.

We’ll talk about personal gear, belaying, choss management, cleaning gear, belay transitions, rappelling, getting yourself out of jams, expedition mentality, and maybe just a touch about evaluating potential leaders. At this point it is not clear how much if any “”field”” work”” might be possible, as this will depend on the size of the group and what types of arrangements are possible, and also the weather. The fee is intended to cover the production of written and presentation materials that should ameliorate the field work gap.

Required gear: This will depend on what type of field work, if any, turns out to be feasible. Minimally, no gear required. Maximally, whatever you now bring as a second, but including a nut tool, two prusiks, a shoulder-length sling, and a few lockers.

Prerequisites: The intended audience for this clinic is climbers who are transitioning from gym or sport climbing to multipitch trad climbing and who want to know more about the skills involved in competent trad seconding.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 1pm: Advanced Women's Climbing Techniques - FULL

Offered by: Julie Seyfert

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 1:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Beta Blocker.

Armed with decades of local climbing experience (and a few First Ascents to her name), Julie has an encyclopedic knowledge of Gunks routes and the style they demand.

This women-specific intermediate class will be a catch-all clinic to help you get to the next level of your climbing journey, taught by a beloved lifer dedicated to climbing.

Julie will share her knowledge on topics like how to select routes, how to work out your own beta (and when to ignore beta from others), developing mental and physical skills for onsighting and redpointing, and training techniques for better footwork and overall movement skills.

Aside from being a longtime local climber, Julie has contributed writing and photos to climbing magazines, and has a strong passion for climber education.

If you’re a woman looking to up your game, do not miss this clinic.

Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear.

Prerequisites: Some outdoor climbing experience

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 1pm: Waterworks Bouldering Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 1:00 PM

Guided tour of the Waterworks bouldering area. Our tour guides will bring you to this area, but you will be responsible for your own bouldering.

Limited to 10 participants.

Note: A festival pass must be purchased in order to access this tour.

Sat 1pm: Roped Climbing Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 1:00 PM

Guided tour of the Grotto climbing area, with possible add on to the Owl Cliff. Our tour guides will bring you to these areas, but you will be responsible for your own climbing.

Please bring materials to build anchors or prepare to make friends!

Limited to 10 participants.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 2pm-4pm: Cams from Soup to Nuts

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Richard Goldstone

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Along with being a groundbreaking Gunks climber, Richard Goldstone is among our most talented instructors, whose teaching style has captured audiences at previous GunksFests, mixing the anecdotal with the scientific, and this cam-focused session is no exception.

This clinic aims to discuss all aspects of cams. There’s a touch of history, a smidgen of theory, a review of failure modes, and some practical guidelines for placements. Richard will try to illuminate how not to do things as well as how to do them.

Required gear: None

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sat 2pm-6pm: Women's Rappelling Strategies

$81.88
incl. $6.88 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Anyssa Lucena

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7 | 2:00 PM-6:00 PM

In this clinic you will learn:
How and where to set up a rappel
Safely lower ropes and be aware of climbers below you
Rappelling best practices and problem solving (all the what if’s)
How to saddle bag ropes
Be a model of good practices for everyone around you!

Required gear: harness, helmet, shoes, ATC, rope, prusik cord, PAS or other tether, ATC, 4 locking carabiners

Prerequisites: Basic rock climbing and belaying
Max participants: 6
**Note this is a women-specific event**

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 8:30am-3:30pm: Gym to Crag & Intro to Outdoor Climbing

Offered by: Alpine Endeavors

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM

If you’re looking to get outside the rock gym, and/or see what it’s like to get out and climb outdoors, this is for you.

This clinic is limited to 8 participants with 2 guides. We will review the basic skills (knots, commands, safety checks) as we get you climbing. We will have a variety of routes set up with varying difficulties to tailor to the group, and will discuss skills and techniques such as; bottom management, knots, belaying, rappelling, and climbing techniques.

Please note this clinic will be held at Peterskill – transportation and day passes will be required.

Required gear: None but day passes required for Peterskill (can purchased at the park).

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am-10am: Yoga for Climbers

$17.85
incl. $2.85 Fee
Sales end on Oct 9, 2023

Offered by: Laura Stemmler Obringer

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

A strong yoga flow sequenced to keep climbers healthy and balanced. Students will experience a traditional vinyasa flow blended with other elements of movement (ballistic mobility work, PNF, and myofascial glide). Mats provided! Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.
Required gear: Yoga mat & water bottle.

Prerequisites: This will be a moderately-paced flow. Beginners welcome.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am-3pm: BIPOC Cleaning and Rappelling - FULL

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023
Offered by: Marian Perez of Rise Outside

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Join Rise Outside’s Marian Perez for an affinity-space specific clinic on BIPOC Cleaning and Rappelling off fixed gear/bolted anchors.

This clinic will go over rappelling off of fixed gear in the Gunks and mitigating risk by understanding backup systems.

Required gear: ATC device, prusik or third hand tool, personal anchor system.

Prerequisites: Experience climbing outside and interest in being a better partner.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am-4pm: Women's Self Rescue - FULL

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Join EMS’ Patty Lankhorst for this advanced self-rescue course for when you need to self-rescue while climbing, geared specifically towards women leaders. Patty will demonstrate and work hands-on to train rope-ascension using varied friction hitches, as well as methods to get yourself out of trouble while on the sharp end.

Join us for this session where you’ll develop tools for handle those sticky situations where things don’t go as planned. Techniques may include, including anchor building, knot tying, ascending and descending ropes, belaying and improvised hauling systems. Gain the confidence to handle unforeseen challenges for you and your climbing partners.

Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear.

Prerequisites: Trad climbing experience helpful.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am-11am: Pre-Climb Routines - FULL

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Aaron Snider, EMS Guides

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Aaron Snider from EMS Guides will help bring you to the perfect sending state with a focus on preclimbing routines. This class focuses on physical and mental prep, and will help you put some intention behind your climbing day.

Required gear: None

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am-4pm: Top Rope Anchoring

$135.23
incl. $10.23 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Eric Waldron, EMS Guides

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Whether just getting started with anchors or looking for a refresher in building bombproof setups, this hands-on full-day course will get you all you need to get going in the Gunks.

Learn the principles behind building safe and redundant anchors, all in a practical space representative of what you’ll encounter at many Gunks cliffs.

This is an anchoring fundamentals clinic designed to start you on your journey to get you climbing outside on your own. Using natural or fixed protection we’ll go over what it takes to set up your own rope systems.

Required gear: Personal climbing gear.

Prerequisites: Outdoor climbing experience helpful.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am: Roped Climbing Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM

Guided tour of the Grotto climbing area, with possible add on to the Owl Cliff. Our tour guides will bring you to these areas, but you will be responsible for your own climbing.

Please bring materials to build anchors or prepare to make friends!

Limited to 10 participants.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 9am: Waterworks Bouldering Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 9:00 AM

Guided tour of the Waterworks bouldering area. Our tour guides will bring you to this area, but you will be responsible for your own bouldering.

Limited to 10 participants.

Note: A festival pass must be purchased in order to access this tour.

Sun 10am-2pm: Body English with Rich Romano

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Rich Romano

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Work with the Bank Manager himself on developing your specific movement techniques.
Rich Romano is among the most creative contributors to the world of Gunks climbing, learn his approach to maximize your climbing potential in a real-world climbing environment.

Required gear: None

Prerequisites: Desire to learn gear placement

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 10am-1pm: Rehab/PT Injury Prevention

Free
Offered by: Dr. Miguel Zevallos

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Sign up for some complimentary rehab consults + short treatments! If you’re currently injured or simply want tips on how to prevent future injury this is your chance to speak one on one with a climbing specific Physical Therapist! I’ve hosted plenty of rehab clinics during competitions so would like to give the outdoor community some love too.

Required gear: None.

Prerequisites: None.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 11:30am-1:30pm: All About Belaying - From the Bottom

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Aaron Snider, EMS Guides

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Join EMS’ Aaron Snider to up your belay game. For those looking to get started, or those looking for more confidence, this beginner-specific clinic will focus on belay techniques to use in a variety of situations.

Learn to belay like the pro’s in our Belaying Clinic! You’ll learn the crucial skills and techniques to ensure a secure and reliable belay using a variety of devices. We’ll guide you through proper belay device usage, rope handling, communication, and essential safety practices. Starting with belays from the base for the top roping or lead belays. We can move on to belay options from the top for the lead climber as well.
Required gear: Personal Climbing Gear.

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 12pm-2pm: Old-school Rope-a-Dope

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 8, 2023

Offered by: Richard Goldstone

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Is your clove hitchology up to par? Are you clear on how the load to your anchors is likely to be distributed? Dropped your cordelette, doing without, or just interested in coping strategies for anchor situations off the bolted path? How about those belays where the now-standard guide mode plaquette is suboptimal? This hands-on clinic aims to broaden your options and add a little antique luster to your style.

Along with being a groundbreaking Gunks climber, Richard Goldstone is among our most talented instructors, whose teaching style has captured audiences at previous GunksFests. There are few who can match his level of experience and teaching ability – another not-to-miss for those looking to up their climbing game.

Required gear: None

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 1pm: Waterworks Bouldering Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 1:00 PM

Guided tour of the Waterworks bouldering area. Our tour guides will bring you to this area, but you will be responsible for your own bouldering.

Limited to 10 participants.

Note: A festival pass must be purchased in order to access this tour.

Sun 1pm: Roped Climbing Tour

Sales start on Sep 23, 2023
Free

Offered by: GCC

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 1:00 PM

Guided tour of the Grotto climbing area, with possible add on to the Owl Cliff. Our tour guides will bring you to these areas, but you will be responsible for your own climbing.

Please bring materials to build anchors or prepare to make friends!

Limited to 10 participants.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 2pm-4pm: All About Belaying - From the Top - FULL

$28.52
incl. $3.52 Fee
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Aaron Snider, EMS Guides

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Join EMS’ Aaron Snider to up your belay game. For those looking to get started, or those looking for more confidence, this beginner-specific clinic will focus on belay techniques to use in a variety of situations.

Learn to belay like the pro’s in our Belaying Clinic! You’ll learn the crucial skills and techniques to ensure a secure and reliable belay using a variety of devices. We’ll guide you through proper belay device usage, rope handling, communication, and essential safety practices when belaying at the top of the cliff or pitch. Gain confidence in working from the top of a crag and good practices for belaying after leading a pitch.

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 2pm-4pm+: Intro to Mushroom Foraging - FULL

Free

Offered by: Jannette Pazer, amateur mushroom forager for 12 years, with help from Elan Trybuch, Citizen Scientist, Member and Secretary of NYMS

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 2:00 PM- 4:00 PM+

Do you love mushrooms? Have you always wanted to learn how to forage for mushrooms but were afraid to try? This clinic is meant for beginner foragers who what to learn how to identify wild mushrooms, as well as learning about some local edible mushrooms and some deadly ones as well. Clinic will consist of a 1 hour presentation, then at least 1 hour of foraging and trying to identify our finds. Note: we’re scheduled for 2 hours, but if the woods prove to be full of mushrooms, we can continue longer for those who are interested.

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

Sun 3pm-5pm: Trapeze Flytime

Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Wild Arts Collective

Date & time: Sunday, Oct 8 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Want a little airtime that doesn’t involve yelling “falling!!!” and praying your belayer is awake? Well here’s your chance…

You’ve probably seen the giant trapeze over near the campground, and the Wild Arts Collective is hosting a special open house for GunksFest guests.

Come give it a go, cost is $25 for 2 swings or $75 for unlimited swings between 3-5pm, pay at the trapeze – no reservations required.

Sun 5pm-6:30pm: Emergency Response with a Ranger

Free
Sales end on Oct 7, 2023

Offered by: Dan Cassidy

Date & time: Saturday, Oct 7| 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

When accidents happen at the cliff, most often climbers are the first responders on-scene, and often those first few moments can be critical.

Learn from the rangers themselves on how to start a decision-making matrix to best triage any accident.

A good response begins with taking the right steps in the right order, a process that can be crucial to the best possible outcome.

Whether a seasoned veteran or new climber, first-responder skills will help you become an asset at the cliff in managing accidents – both on and off the cliff.

Required gear: None

Prerequisites: None

NOTE: A festival pass must be purchased to access this clinic.

FAQ

COVID 19 Policy

We ask all attendees respect the precautions of neighboring festival-goers and be courteous when it comes to close personal space.

If you are not feeling well, have had a recent COVID exposure, or a recent positive test please stay home.

If you are unable attend due to testing positive for COVID you will be issued a refund.

Camping Areas

Those who have been to the Stone Mountain Farm are familiar with the beautiful fields that will be this year’s campground. Plenty of wonderful open space to make your basecamp!

Climbing Areas

In addition to the Mohonk Preserve, the northern ridge offers a few bouldering and single pitch areas, which will be accessible directly from the festival grounds through guided tours to help control impact in these remote areas.

Accessibility

Our campgrounds and roped-climbing areas are suitable for all mobility types except motorized wheelchairs, and we will provide designated parking, campsites, and facilities.

Films

Full lineup coming soon!

Food

Campers are welcome to be self-sufficient, but as usual the Rail Trail Cafe will be open for service.

There are numerous restaurants and markets in New Paltz and Rosendale if you need to purchase food supplies.

Vendors

If you have an interest in vending please contact us at gcc@gunksclimbers.org.

Volunteers

We now have enough volunteers for the event, thanks for your interest.

Pet Policy

No animals allowed at any times. If you have a specific request for a service animal please contact us at gcc@gunksclimbers.org for review.

Youth Policy

Children under 12 are free but must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

In Event of Rain

The event is Rain or Shine, and unless you are contacted due to severe weather the Gunks Fest will be taking place.

The film festival will be held on the stage if it’s raining or too wet to sit on the grounds. Bring a cushion or low chair to sit on.

Cell Signal?

Most areas of the festival do not have a strong signal, but most carriers should give you 1 or 2 bars. If you have any clinics on the stage or in the barn, there should be (limited) electric outlets in those spaces. But best to bring your own portable battery pack.

I have questions, who can I contact for help?

Please email us for any questions about the festival and ticketing.

Map of the Festival Grounds

Here’s a map to help you find your way around the festival. We recommend you keep a copy handy on your phone in case you need to reference it at the festival, as we will not be printing copies.