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Climbing and Hiking in the Gunks (Shawangunks, NY)


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Today we’re going to be talking about Bouldering at the Gunks in New York. Are you ready to make every day an adventure? Well, let’s begin. Everywhere we go, we always find either a place for my sons and my husband to go climbing, either it could be outdoor rock climbing or indoor rock climbing.

We visit my parents every year, maybe once or twice per year in New Jersey. They literally live across the river from Manhattan. You could actually see the Manhattan skyline from my parents balcony. And there my kids and husband go to a climbing gym called Gravity Vault in Hoboken. It’s an amazing, amazing gym.

And they’ve been going there now for over five years. And every time they go there, they’re also actually on the team there. So it’s kind of like they’re part of the crew. Even though we’re not there year round. They are totally accepted as if they’re part of their team and the coaches and it’s just really fun.

But the coach and the team don’t only like to climb indoors. They always talk about going bouldering at the Gunk. Bouldering at the Gunk is really one of the most popular places on the northeast side of the United States to go bouldering. And also for traditional climbing, which we don’t actually do. Climbing is very different than sport climbing and bouldering, which my sons and my husband do.

Bouldering there is super popular. So what are the Gunks? The Gunks are actually a short name for the Shaw and Gunk Mountains, and it’s an upstate New York. It’s right next to New Paltz, actually, New Paltz, a little town of Newport, which is super adorable. It’s a University.

It’s considered a sunny SUNYs are a state University of New York. So it’s a University town, but it’s really hip and modern and it’s adorable, right? It’s only several streets, and it’s literally nestled in the mountain region of the upstate New York of that area. And the Shaw and Gunk Mountains are literally like ten minutes away from this town. So the showing gunks, or I’m going to just call it the Gunks.

It’s this National Park, which is really well known for bouldering and Trad climbing. As I said, I don’t believe there’s any sport climbing there at all. And I personally don’t go very often with my family because a lot of times they approach the way to get into where the actual climbing is or like the hike to where the climbing is usually uphill or it’s hard. It’s not something that I truly enjoy doing, but the Guns, it is a dream come true. You park in a beautiful parking lot.

The entrance, if you’re only going one time, it’s $20. It’s $20 per person. That includes parking. You can buy a very affordable season pass. It’s like $110 for unlimited use.

So obviously, if you’re going to be using it more than six times, definitely recommend going for the season pass. So you park your car at the beginning of the trail and the trail is completely flat. It is one of the most manicured beautiful national parks that I have visited. Granted, we don’t go to too many US National parks, So I’m sure the majority of them are beautifully taken care of Compared to the ones that we go to in Guatemala. But the fact that I could join my family as they go bouldering, it’s a really big deal for me.

So for people who are non boulders, Non climbers, it’s an amazing park with incredible views. But if you are a Boulder or into tribe climbing, this is one of the absolute best places to go climbing. The bouldering projects, they vary from v zeros, which is the easiest to I think up to v 15, which is crazy hard and everything in between. And again, I said there is a big Trad climbing sector. I don’t know much about it, but you can certainly find out more.

Just Google gunks Trad climbing and you’ll find a lot of information. But bouldering is really cool. You do need to bring your own crash pads or you could call any local gym to rent crash pads and it’s just one of the best places to visit. It’s only about an hour away from New York Or the Northern parts of new Jersey Where we came from. So if you have a date to go and check out bouldering again, all levels.

And even if you’re not into bouldering, It has this beautiful loop of, I think, almost 5 miles all around. Biking is also huge there. We see tons of mountain bikers and hybrid bikers and hikers, right? If you just want to go hiking, it’s absolutely fantastic. Obviously, during the summer, it’s a great spot.

But the best time to go is during the fall foliage Because that’s when all the leaves are changing to September, October and beginning of November are the best times to visit for all reasons. And if you have a chance to simply go to that region and just go hiking and then go and have lunch in one of the cute little restaurants in Newport And you will have a fantastic day and make every day an adventure. You could find something cool to do if you live near that region. Just to go and try something new and it really is that cool. So if you have any new ideas that you want to do, make every day an adventure, Let me know. You could also check out my site travel expert with an a dot com for a lot of more ideas.

And if you enjoyed listening to this episode, Please make sure to share it and leave a review. And thank you again. And remember, make every day an adventure.

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