We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Functionality and flexibility is paramount to your comfort throughout the day. You need comfortable shoes that allow you to scramble over rocky terrain; sneakers or trail shoes are ideal, and heavy hiking boots are not necessary. Avoid open-toed shoes and sandals. Please keep in mind that sunny winter days can become surprisingly warm, and hot summer days can become cool, so be prepared for any type of weather. Depending on the time of year, wear shorts or long pants, and bring a wind breaker and a hat for cooler days. Layering is always a good idea.
Use a small to medium-sized backpack. Bring a lunch and at least two liters of water or sports drinks per person, per day. We also recommend sunscreen, insect repellent, camera and a hat.
We typically meet at Rock and Snow in New Paltz at 9 AM* to go over your waivers and outfit you with your gear for the day. We then have a short drive out to the cliffs. There is usually a short approach hike to the climbing area, and we generally climb until about 4 or 5 PM.
* Please meet promptly with your guide(s) at your agreed-upon time. On busy weekends this is very important as parking in the area fills up quickly. There are a limited number of parking spots available and late arrival may jeopardize timely access to your destination.
We supply all the technical ice climbing equipment (boots, crampons, helmets, vertical ice axes, etc.) necessary for a successful day of climbing, but we can't stress enough the importance of being prepared for the weather. Layering is key to regulating your body temperature as you go through the day's cycles of physical exertion when hiking in, climbing, belaying, lunching and resting. Your comfort is important to us, and wearing the correct clothing can truly make or break your day in the mountains. We suggest the following gear:
If you are concerned that the weather will not be suitable for your trip, please call us. Weather forecasts are rarely 100% accurate and given our proximity to the Gunks and ability to assess conditions here immediately, all cancellations due to inclement weather will be determined by Mountain Skills Climbing Guides.
While we understand that unforeseeable situations do arise, Mountain Skills guides are reserved based on your availability. Last-minute cancellations and no-shows severely limit our ability to schedule other climbers in your place, and this policy provides our guides with a measure of job security. We appreciate your understanding.
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