Latest Gunks Climbers' Coalition News
The Gunks Climber’s Coalition has embarked on a major letter writing campaign to encourage New York State
to provide more opportunities for climbing in Minnewaska State Park. GCC volunteers are
attending climbing competitions, ice festivals, crags, and gyms to collect hand written letters that will
be mailed, en masse, to the NYS Office of Parks and Recreation this Spring.
Jan 30, 2015|
Minnewaska Letter Writing Campaign
If you see one of our tables please stop by to write your letter! The GCC is always looking for donations
to support our initiatives, which include expanding climbing opportunities along the Shawangunk Ridge,
improving climbing anchors in the Mohonk Preserve, and protecting the cliffs we love.
GCC 4th Annual Weed Pull
In partnership with Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve, the GCC is organizing an invasive species weed
pull to help eradicate Japanese stilt grass (luckily they're really easy to pull out).
Pull weeds for a couple of hours, have the rest of the day to climb for free, and feel good for helping to
grow the relationship between the climbing community and the landowners.
For more information, see our
The Gunks Climbers' Coalition has been working with the Mohonk Preserve to address rappel anchors.
Specifically the GCC is advocating for bolted anchors to replace tree rappel anchors where trees are
suffering from climber impact. Additionally there are some fixed gear rappel anchors composed of pitons
and/or other aging hardware that the GCC is requesting be replaced with bolted rappel stations.
July 31, 2014|
Gunks Bolted Rappel-Anchor Survey
Ultimately the decisions to add any new bolted rappel anchors will be made by the Mohonk Preserve.
Your feedback in the following survey will be presented to the Mohonk Preserve by the GCC.
As we are all aware, safety in climbing is paramount. We need and value your input, please click
on the link below to participate in the survey.
Click here to take the survey.
Please accept our thanks for your time and thoughtful consideration.
We'd like to welcome Christian Fracchia as the newest member of the GCC Board of Directors! He joins our other
recently elected board members, Dustin Portzline (Treasurer) and Matt Logan.
July 24, 2014|
Christian Fracchia elected to the GCC Board
July 3, 2014|
Peregrine Falcon Closure Lifted in the Trapps
The Peregrine Falcon closure has been lifted. A young falcon from the Trapps
Cliff nest site is currently being rehabbed for release later this summer. Thank you for your cooperation!
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. Celebrate the return of the Gunks climbing season with
your climbing friends after a long cold winter.
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.
To officially RSVP, go to our
Eventbrite page (RSVPs not counted on Facebook) so we know how much food and beer to purchase.
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.
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
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.
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.