Home to some of the best easy to moderate trad climbs in the USA — with grades from 5.4 to 5.13b — the Gunks are the perfect place to put your indoor climbing gym skills to the test. Whether you’re new to rock climbing or well-experienced on the crags, there’s something for everyone in this iconic NY destination, and a private guide will help you make the most out of your day in the Gunks. Did we mention it’s just a short two-hour drive from New York City? What more can you ask for? Find out more about this world-renown climbing location from Viktor Marohnic, all-round adventure junkie and founder of 57hours.

  • World-class guided rock climbing just outside of the Big Apple

  • One of the best outdoor experiences available near NYC

  • Winter climbing works quite well on a sunny day, no crowds guaranteed

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A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Mar 17 onwards
Half-Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
Mar 23 onwards
Guided Rock Climbing at Sky Top
Mar 24 onwards

Meet your guides

Marty Molitoris
Marty Molitoris
AMGA Rock and Alpine Guide
Marty's been guiding for nearly 30 years. He's an AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide, has led climbs throughout the US, and has called the Gunks his home for the last two decades.
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Joe Vitti
Joe Vitti
AMGA Certified Guide
Course instructor Joe Vitti is one of the region’s most experienced and skilled guides. He is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and has been climbing in the Gunks for over 25 years. He’s also the owner of Vitti Mountain Guides.
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Silas Rossi
Silas Rossi
IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guide
Silas is an internationally licensed IFMGA mountain guide, owner of Alpine Logic, and teaches professional guide training courses for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).​ He's based in New Paltz, NY, home of the Gunks.
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TJ Ciotti
TJ Ciotti
AMGA Certified Guide
TJ Ciotti is an AMGA-certified Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Ice Instructor Course Graduate, NY State Licensed Guide, and Wilderness First Responder. He has been climbing in the Gunks for over a decade now. TJ’s aim is to provide profe...
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Alpine Endeavors
Alpine Endeavors
Alpine Endeavors operates year-round for rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing and mountaineering. They operate daily in the Shawangunk, Catskill, and Adirondack mountains of New York and offer unique mountain adventures to world class areas in ...
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5.00 (7 reviews)
Patty Zariello about Terrance J Ciotti on 57hours

My first time rock climbing was spectacular. I’m glad I used 57 Hours. TJ was the best guide. Very professional, knowledgeable, fun, and I felt safe at all times.

juan corzo Jr about Marty Molitoris on 57hours

Great time strongly recommend 57HOURS!! I ended up going with Simon Thompson who is the coolest person ever. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, safe, and over all a cool guy! great experience I strongly recommend 57HOURS the whole staff was very professional and nice!

Can’t be grateful enough for this experience. Means everything
Bryan Haberberger about Marty Molitoris on 57hours

Wonderfully informative experience. Mike did not sugarcoat anything and made sure that I was actually understanding the details of gear placement and building anchors. Awesome mentor. Could not have asked for a better guide!!

Great "Learn to Lead" weekend
V9031SVnathank about Alpine Endeavors on Trip Advisor

Marty and Simon were awesome guides in the Gunks for a weekend of “Learn to Lead”. They went above and beyond to teach not only the basics but also tips and tricks they use in the real world. They were able to set up systems to help us mock lead and assess our gear placements, which was super helpful.

Rock climbing in the Gunks
Jonathancchan about Alpine Endeavors on Trip Advisor

I had an absolutely amazing weekend learning to outdoor climb with Alpine Endeavors! The staff and guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and true experts in their field. I had the chance to try a number of new climbs and even a rappel. I felt so safe and comfortable the entire time as a beginner, and was able to push myself out of my comfort zone with this group. So thankful for a wonderful experience! They offer many other advanced climbing courses as well!

Great climbing/tutorial session
I3990LLjeff about Alpine Endeavors on Trip Advisor

My friend and I did an all-day guided session to learn lead climbing. We had fun, we learned a ton, we got a great workout, it checked all the boxes! I am definitely using these folks again. Simon was great as a guide, and Marty was super responsive over email during the scheduling/questions/correspondence. Huge thumbs up!!!

So good I proposed to my wife with Alpine Endeavors!
davidpG7788PP about Alpine Endeavors on Trip Advisor

I always marvel at how good a day of climbing a rock can be, at any level. Alpine Endeavors makes that a possibility any time. They know safety, they know the local cliffs, and they know how to make customers feel like the day was custom made for them (because they can be!). Proof in the pudding? I proposed to my wife while ice-climbing, with an Alpine guide at our side and just returned with our young kids, too!

Things to know

  • 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 on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
      • All technical climbing gear
      • Mohonk Mountain House entrance/parking pass for Sky Top

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
      • Mohonk Preserve entry fee ($20)
  • 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.

  • For your rock climbing adventure in the Gunks, no prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.

    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.

  • 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:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Ropes
      • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • 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.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one guide.
      • Costs per person 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 bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb 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.

  • 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.

    You will meet your guide in New Paltz, the closest town to the Gunks, usually at the famous Rock and Snow gear shop. It’s about 85 miles from New York. The exact climbing spot in The Gunks will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

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