outdoor trips + classes


Spend the day at the world-class climbing area, The Gunks! Learn the fundamentals of building your own top rope anchors and let our qualified AMGA guides show you the ropes in taking the first steps towards becoming a self-sufficient (outdoor) climber.

PREREQUISITE

Must be toprope certified at The Cliffs.

DATES + TIMES

9AM - 5PM

Saturday Sept 29

Sunday Oct 14

PRICE

$150 Cliffs members // $200 guests for once day

Price does not include transportation. See options for transportation here.

Wanna climb at the Gunks? Get off the bolts and learn how to place traditional (trad) protection—nuts, cams, hexes, tricams, and more! Practice leading, placing gear, and building anchors with AMGA certified guides.

PREREQUISITE

Must be toprope certified at The Cliffs.

DATES + TIMES

9AM - 5PM

Sunday Oct 21

Saturday Nov 10

PRICE

$150 Cliffs members // $200 guests for once day

Price does not include transportation. See options for transportation here.

ABOUT

Our outdoor trips + classes are offered in partnership with TJ Ciotti of Big City Mountain Guides .

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TRANSPORTATION

The Shawangunk Ridge, or The Gunks, is less than 90 miles from NYC and is home to some of the world’s best traditional rock climbing. And it’s easier to get there than you might think!

The following are the most common ways to access The Gunks:

CAR

Once the roster for the class you are enrolled in is complete, you will have access to others’ email contact information. Feel free to reach out to see about possible carpool options.

TRAIN

You can take the Metro North from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie. Trip planner here

From Poughkeepsie, take a taxi, Uber, or shuttle to New Paltz

BUS

Take Trailways Bus Service from Port Authority Bus Terminal to downtown New Paltz

ONCE IN NEW PALTZ…

Jump in a Taxi or car share service (Lyft or Uber) to get from town to the cliff/trailhead.


All classes will meet at the West Trapps Parking Lot at 9AM unless otherwise noted