April through November
New York is just over 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Prepare for thrilling climbing adventure — with a touch of luxury
Spend a weekend climbing crags on a luxurious glamping retreat in the Gunks! Glamping in the Gunks is the perfect chance to spend a weekend being pampered while tackling whatever rock climbing objectives you have in mind. Even if your significant other isn’t into the crags, no doubt they can’t object to the ultimate travel compromise and bring a book, go hiking or simply kick back and relax on this perfect weekend getaway. What’s more, with delicious, farm-fresh food, the camping amenities feel like a home away from home! Even kids will have a great time and enjoy all the amenities this little hideaway has to offer. Everybody wins!
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Rock Climbing and Glamping in the Gunks
The best way to take advantage of the climbing season is with a glamping weekend getaway! Enjoy the beauty of the Shawangunk Ridge without having to skimp on comforts of the top-notch resort. Spend your weekend climbing and learning new techniques, or relax and unwind during your time off, admiring the natural beauty of the quartz cliffs and scenic panoramas. The Gunks are interesting to climbers of all skill levels because of the solid rock with horizontal rather than vertical cracks. It is also famous for great one-to-three-pitch climbs and some of the best easy and moderate trad climbs. Make the most of your days with a professional guide who will take you to the best climbing spots in the area! At the end of the day, during your downtime from world-class climbing, enjoy some freshly cooked gourmet meals and memorable evenings under the stars!
Things you need to know
Covid measures in the Gunks
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Gunks, please refer to the New York State website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 2 days of private rock climbing instruction from 9am to 4pm
- 2 nights of camping with all the camping and climbing equipment
- All permits and fees
- Shuttle to and from the camping site
- All meals during the weekend
- Discount at the local climbing store for extra goodies
What’s not included:
- Transportation to and from the pick-up point
- Personal equipment
- Beverages and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
The Gunks have plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, The Gunks have loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
- Closed-toed shoes and socks
- Everyday clothes (including something with long sleeves)
- Sweater/jacket (evenings can get cold)
- Long pants/jeans
- Rain jacket and pants
- Flip flops for the shower
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Climbing harness climbing shoes
- Climbing helmet
- Chalk bag
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Group sizes are usually between 1–2 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 4 people per guide.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids younger than 14 can go climbing on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
Do I need an insurance policy?
We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.
As we’ve recently seen, travel plans can be abruptly halted, so it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance that covers cancelled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans. For peace of mind, we suggest you consider both options of insurance.
If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Strict Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to the Gunks, most people fly into one of the international airports in New York, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service for 2.5 hours to the Shawangunks Mountains.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and ability of the group.