Rock Climbing Weekend

The following information is from 

LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM.

Please check back for updated program details
3 months prior to the event.

COME CLIMB WITH US AT SKY TOP—
A WORLD-RENOWNED CLIFF WITH OVER 300
DOCUMENTED ROCK CLIMBS!

This unique weekend at Mohonk Mountain House is designed for both beginning and experienced rock climbers. Come and enjoy the amazing climbs of Sky Top on the Shawangunk Ridge in the Hudson Valley. Experienced guides from Alpine Endeavors will offer instruction and guided climbing on many of the region’s most picturesque and classic routes. Difficulty will vary from beginner to moderate single-pitch routes, to more challenging single-pitch to multi-pitch climbs as your experience and comfort level allow. Saturday will provide a full day of climbing and Sunday will be a half-day.

You will be able to choose from one of two programs on Saturday and Sunday. Length and difficulty will vary to accommodate all participants, keeping you interested and in your comfort zone. All guides are AMGA certified and New York State licensed. Low climber-to-guide ratios will be maintained—no more than 4:1 for single pitch climbs, and no more than 2:1 for multi-pitch climbs.

Any technical equipment needed will be provided. If you have your own equipment, feel free to bring it. All participants must wear a helmet supplied by Alpine Endeavors for the weekend. Please note: this weekend is for climbers 16 years of age and older.

For reservations, please call .

Our 146-year-old Victorian castle resort in the heart of the Hudson Valley rests beside a glacially-formed lake surrounded by thousands of acres of pristine wilderness. Inclusive rates feature bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets with dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities, including tennis, boating, hiking; fitness, yoga, and meditation classes; and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center in our Spa wing. 
 

Rock Climbing Weekend Events:

Friday                Saturday            Sunday

 

Friday, June 19

4:00 p.m.  Stretch Your Legs on a Scramble
Below the Cliff

After traveling to Mohonk, join the weekend hike leader for this fun scramble through our natural rock labyrinth.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Weekend Registration
Upon check in, be sure to stop by and pick up your information packets. Packets will include route options and a weekend agenda.

9:00 p.m.  Meet the Leaders and Get the Gear
Come join your fellow climbers in an informative gathering to meet your guides. We will review your equipment as well aget you outfitted in anything you may need (helmets, harnesses, rock shoes, etc.), and answer any questions you have about the weekend climbs, to determine the group that best matches your ability level.*
 

Saturday, June 20

8:00 a.m.  Group Breakfast in the Main Dining Room
Fuel up with the group for the day’s climb. Group tables will be reserved for the weekend, or you can enjoy breakfast on your own.

9:15 a.m.  Pre-Climb Staging
Climbers will begin to gather and finish any last-minute preparations for the day.

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  “A” and “B” Climbing Groups Depart
for a Full Day of Climbing at Sky Top

Based on ability levels, each 4:1 or 2:1 group will have a dedicated guide. Climbing will range from 5.2 to 5.10 based on the groups’ experience and ability.

1:15 p.m.  Pick Up Lunch on the Summit!
We’ll have lunch waiting for you at the top of the cliff. You can enjoy the incredible views as you eat lunch and discuss your day’s adventure with other climbers in the group. 

1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Continue Climbing,
Then Head Back to Your Room to Get Ready for Dinner.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Dinner at Mohonk Mountain House

9:00 p.m.  Rock Climbing Saturday Night Slide Show
with Marty Molitoris, Founder/Director of Alpine Endeavors
Marty has been guiding climbs in the Gunks (Shawangunks Mountains) since 1995. He is a member of the AMGA Board of Directors and Accreditation Committee, and an instructor for their Single Pitch Instructor Courses.

 

Sunday, June 21

8:00 a.m.  Group Breakfast in Main Dining Room
Come join the group as we fuel up for the day’s climb. Meet at a group table, or enjoy breakfast on your own.

9:15 a.m.  Pre-Climb Staging
Climbers will begin to gather and finish any last-minute preparations for the day.

9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  “A” and “B” Climbing Groups Depart
for a Half-Day of Climbing at Sky Top

Based on ability levels, each 4:1 or 2:1 group will have a dedicated guide for the morning session. Climbing will range from 5.2 to 5.10 based on the groups’ experience and ability.
 

* PLEASE NOTE
A Climbs = Those climbers with suitable previous
experience for single to multi-pitch climbing

B Climbs = Beginners or climbers with limited experience
 

ALPINE ENDEAVORS GUIDES

Alpine Endeavors is an AMGA-accredited guide service based in the Gunks (Shawangunk) and Catskill Mountains of New York, operating daily throughout New York and Connecticut. Alpine Endeavors is comprised of experienced, passionate climbers who are professionally trained guides and instructors. All guides are state licensed, skilled in wilderness medicine, and trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.

Alpine Endeavors offers professional climbing instruction and guiding to climbers of all ability levels for rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and mountaineering. In addition to climbing services, guided hikes, local snowshoe outings, navigation skills, teambuilding events, and wilderness medical courses are also offered.

Alpine Endeavors has been the exclusive guide company for climbs at Mohonk Mountain House since 2007.
 

PLEASE NOTE:
Technical equipment will be provided by Alpine Endeavors, including helmets, harness, chalk bag, belay device and locking carabiner, and climbing shoes. However, if you have your own supplies, please feel free to bring them along with you.

WHAT TO BRING

  • A pack large enough to carry the gear above and the following items
  • CLOTHING—layers are recommended. Wear something to keep you comfortable that you can move comfortably in (no jeans).
    Stay away from cotton as much as possible:
  • T-shirt, preferably a synthetic such as Coolmax®, Capilene®, Bergaline®, etc.
  • Shorts or pants, preferably nylon/synthetic . Rain jacket: Gore-Tex® or comparable material
  • Fleece or sweater 
  • Footwear suitable for trail with aggressive sole—sneakers or hiking boots only. 
  • Extra: Sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, camera

NOTE: This weekend is for climbers 16 years of age or older. Climbers may go out rain or shine. If there is a significant amount of rain that prevents climbing, gift certificates for climbing valid for the remainder of 2014 will be distributed.

In addition to the overnight rate, there is a $325 total charge for climbing for the weekend, which includes the full-day guided climb on Saturday and the half-day guided climb on Sunday. This is a 20% discount off our regular climbing rate. (Please note that a gratuity for climbing guides is not included in the climbing rate.)

See you there!

For reservations, please call .