AAC Breaks Ground on Gunks Campground

posted by dpm on 09/29/2013

The American Alpine Club (AAC) has broken ground on the construction of their new climber campground at the Gunks, New York. Like the New River Gorge, where the AAC also recently built a campground, the Gunks is a world-class climbing area that has lacked a quality and legitimate camping area. Completion of the campground is projected to be in the spring of 2014 and will certainly be a welcome addition for Gunks climbers. 

The Gunks in New York. Photo by Frank Tkac, courtesy AAC.


From the AAC:


New Shawangunk Campground Breaks Ground

Climbers will be able to camp in comfort and walk to nearby crags and boulders.

New Paltz, N.Y. — Ground has broken in the Gunks! The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve are proud to announce that construction is underway at the Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground. The long-anticipated and much-needed campground will be a major addition to the Shawangunk Mountains region’s lodging facilities.

Since 2006, the American Alpine Club, Mohonk Preserve, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission have been working in partnership toward the creation of a campground near the popular climbing area, the Shawangunk Ridge — commonly known as “the Gunks.”

The 50-acre campground will include approximately 50 campsites within walking distance to the Trapps and Near Trapps, which have hundreds of rock climbs. Located along Route 299, the campground is also just a short walk from the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center.

The American Alpine Club, in cooperation with Mohonk Preserve, will manage the campground. Campground amenities will include an outdoor central gathering and cooking area, bathhouse facilities, and indoor space for visitors to gather during rainy weather. The anticipated date of completion is spring 2014.

“The AAC is dedicated to providing affordable lodging for climbers at world-renowned climbing destinations in need of such facilities,” said AAC Executive Director Phil Powers. “Climbers know the Gunks as one of the most storied and popular climbing areas in the country. 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 American Alpine Club manages three other major lodging facilities for climbers: the Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch in Wyoming, the Hueco Rock Ranch in Texas, and the New River Gorge Campground in West Virginia.

“The Samuel F. Pryor Shawangunk Gateway Campground will provide a high quality, minimalist, camping experience to the thousands of annual Shawangunk Mountains visitors, and be an important resource for the local community,” said Mohonk Preserve Director of Land Stewardship/Chief Ranger Hank Alicandri. “This campground will fill an important, and currently missing, niche in overnight lodging in the region. The experiences and resources of the three partners in the project—New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, American Alpine Club, and Mohonk Preserve—will ensure a great end product and visitor experience.”

For information on the Gunks campground and progress updates, visit the AAC’s website at: americanalpineclub.org/p/gunks-campground.

Layout of the new campground. Photo: AAC


About the American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.


About Mohonk Preserve

Located in the Hudson River Valley, Mohonk Preserve is the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State. Managing 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge, the Preserve works to protect the ridge and to inspire people to care for, enjoy and explore the natural world. With programs in land protection, environmental education, conservation science and land stewardship, the Preserve is a recognized national leader in community conservation. Each year the Preserve welcomes 50,000 climbers to access over 1,000 routes in the Gunks. For more information, visit mohonkpreserve.org.