Construction Begins On Long-Awaited Gunks Campground


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Photo by Frank Tkac.

9/27/13 - The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve announced that ground has been broken on a new, 50-site climber campground for the Shawangunks, one of America's most historic and popular climbing areas.

The  Samuel F. Pyror III Shawangunk Gateway Campground will be situated along Route 299, a short walk from the Monhonk Preserve visitor center, and within easy walking distance of the Trapps, Near Trapps, and other popular Gunks crags. The campground is slated to open next spring.

The AAC, Mohonk Preserve, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have been workingto build the long-awaited campground since 2006. For many climbers and fans of the Gunks, a convenient and climber-friendly campground was the only flaw in the area.

“This campground will fill an important, and currently missing, niche in overnight lodging in the region,” said Hank Alicandri, the Mohonk Preserve chief ranger and director of land stewardship.

The 50-site campground will sprawl across nearly 50 acres, with an outdoor cooking area, multiple bathhouse facilities, and indoor shelter for climbers stuck in gloomy weather.

AAC Executive Director Phil Powers said, "This campground will give our community a great place to stay, and to gather, all while providing a cleaner and lower impact camping option just minutes from climbing.”

The AAC already manages lodging facilities in three other major U.S.  climbing areas, with the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch in Wyoming, the Hueco Rock Ranch in Texas, and the New River Gorge Campground in West Virginia.



Comments

"$90 for an annual climbing pass can more than pay for itself over the year." AND It can pay for 26 gallons of gas to climb which can take you to climb at every other crag in the North East (all of which are FREE to climb at). Gunks is a shit show, an outdoor climbing gumbie gym fest. Thye needed the campground badly because gumbies screw up things like sleeping in your car or sharing tent crowded muni sites, etc. so no doubt good look by the AAC and all involved. If you don't like getting milked for money to go climbing... cause that's what they're doing here... milking the sh** outta climbers... go find another crag, CT is loaded!

mojo - 09/30/2013 7:24:37

"$90 for an annual climbing pass can more than pay for itself over the year." AND It can pay for 26 gallons of gas to climb which can take you to climb at every other crag in the North East (all of which are FREE to climb at). Gunks is a shit show, an outdoor climbing gumbie gym fest. Thye needed the campground badly because gumbies screw up things like sleeping in your car or sharing tent crowded muni sites, etc. so no doubt good look by the AAC and all involved. If you don't like getting milked for money to go climbing... cause that's what they're doing here... milking the sh** outta climbers... go find another crag!

mojo - 09/30/2013 7:23:18

90 for an annual climbing pass can more than pay for itself over the year. Go cry somewhere else. Good on ya AAC!

nouse - 09/29/2013 8:09:13

I think it's great that there will be a camping option at the Gunks. I've stayed at the AAC campground at the New and loved it. Based on the negative comments already posted, it seems like there will be plenty of available spots too. I'll be sure to check it out next Spring. Thanks AAC!

Brian - 09/29/2013 6:18:56

used to be turd piles all around the overlook parking, too... I won't camp there, but it's nice for all the rich people...

Jason Lantz - 09/29/2013 12:02:21

....because $45 (per person) to climb for the weekend wasn't enough

ntg - 09/28/2013 9:06:52

Great, squeeze more money out of climbers. We didn't want this $25 a night "climber's ranch".

Dan - 09/28/2013 9:18:05

Used to be many long years ago you could sleep in your car at the side of the road.

Suzanne Haughwout - 09/27/2013 8:12:59

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