Wilderness: Trapps Cliff at the Shawangunks
- High Exposure – 5.6 – 2 Pitch – 250′
- Shockley’s Ceiling – 5.6 – 3 Pitch – 275′
- Moonlight – 5.6 – 2 Pitch – 230′
What to Rack:
- Basic Trad Rack + Set of Evo Tricams
- 60m rope can be used to climb/rap the majority of routes and most climbs have fixed rap stations
- 2-way radios can be useful on big overhanging pitches
- The Gunks region has a great App available for download and if you’re old-school and want to feel paper in your hands, the best paper guidebook for the Traps can be found here.
Beta: The Shawgunks Ridge is home to one of the most extensive climbing destinations on the East Coast and runs from North Jersey to the Catskills Range in Upstate New York. This quality band of quartz conglomerate offers a premier trad climbing destination and is visited by climbers worldwide. We drove down from Boston to experience first hand the famous horizontal cracks and air traverses in late May. The weather wasn’t superb but the climbing was incredible with the theme of the day being…Jug Fest….Roof pull…Thin Traverse….Repeat.
The Gunks are steeped in climbing history with first ascents dating back to the 1930s with routes set by Yvon Chouinard in the 1960s and hundreds of climbs developed between the 70’s and present. Don’t let these early ascents fool you, drop your Ego a few grades until you get a feel for the routes.
Most of the Gunks access is via the Mohonk Preserve which requires a $20 entry fee. Through continuing efforts of The Access Fund and The Gunks Climbers Coalition, this region continues to offer world class climbing. Such great access to iconic climbing requires responsibility and respect from both locals and visitors. To learn more about the Gunks climbing culture, efforts, and ethics click here.
Rest Day Destinations:
- Robibero Vineyard is an awesome family winery minutes from the Tapps parking lot. Relaxing place to spend an afternoon after a hard morning of climbing.
- New Paltz is a funky college town worth spending some time in. Check out Main Street Bistro for a solid breakfast worth. If you’re looking for a bite on the way to the crag, rest day or not, check out The Mountain Harbor Deli.
- Shop Local at Rock and Snow.
- Hike the trails at Mohonk Mountain House.
Where to Stay: Your best bet is to become an AAC member to get discounted access to their campground.