If vertical climbing rock or hard ice just isn’t your scene, or if you’re just looking for a change of pace from the usual routine, there’s still plenty of fun to be had outdoors! From canyoning/ waterfall rappelling, day hiking, scrambling or multi-day hikes and mountaineering/ slide climbing, Mountain Skills has the expertise to make your day an incredibly unique and memorable occasion. We’re more than happy to customize your excursion as per the needs, interests, age and experience level of your group.
Waterfall rappelling in New York’s Catskill Mountains is a fun and unique way to explore some the gorgeous backcountry. Mountain Skills Climbing Guides will show you the Catskills from a whole new angle – literally! Your day will consist of technical descents via rope work, rappelling, scrambling, down-climbing and hiking. For your comfort, we suggest some previous rappelling or climbing experience, but rest assured that all skills are reviewed in-depth prior to sending you over the edge and into the mist of the falls! Group size of 2 or more people needed. Price is $150 per person(no half days)
Let’s say you’re dreaming of climbing Mt. Rainier or Denali someday… or maybe your next vacation will include some time in the Andres or the Pyrenees. Whatever your plans may be, Mountain Skills Climbing Guides is pleased to offer both basic & intermediate mountaineering courses in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains of New York as well as the White Mountains of New Hampshire. These trips can be enjoyed both in winter or summer. It’s never to early to start preparing!
The high peaks of the Adirondacks offer some great opportunities to learn the ropes as you begin to prepare for your adventure. The Trap Dike on Mt. Colden, Cascade Slide on Cascade or the North Face of Gothics on Gothics are classic Adirondacks winter mountaineering routes. In the summer months, the Adirondacks offers plenty of slide climbing on numerous peaks throughout the region. The Eagle or Bottle Slides on Giant Mt, The Trap Dike on Mt Colden, or Bennies Slide on Lower Wolfjaw.
Rock scrambling at the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a great way to escape crowds and explore some of the overlooked and interesting areas the Gunks has to offer. Bonticou, Lost City and Minnewaska State Park Preserve hold non-technical, fun ways of moving over rocky terrain. Let Mountain Skills Climbing Guides take you off the beaten paths to scenic overlooks offering fantastic views of the Hudson Valley.
Mountain Skills Climbing Guides offers overnight trips to the Catskill Mountains. You can choose from the Slide, Wittenberg and Cornell loop or the more difficult Devil’s Path Traverse. These fantastic two day hiking and camping trips will get you started in your outdoor endeavors, as your guide(s) employ Leave No Trace principles and introduce you to the wonders of the Catskills off the beaten path. If you have another destination in mind for a guided multi-day hike, though, please do not hesitate to contact us.