|Guided Climbing Approved at Sky Top, NY|
By Christopher Spatz, Gunks Climbers Coalition and Access Fund RC
Starting April 1, 2007, overnight guests of the Mohonk Mountain House will have the opportunity to climb at Sky Top with an approved guide. Guiding costs are in addition to hotel accommodations. Unescorted guests, day guests, and the public are not permitted to rock climb at Sky Top at this time.
This agreement is the result of several years of negotiations between former Access Fund Board member Russ Clune, Access Fund Community Partner Alpine Endeavors www.alpineendeavors.com and the Mohonk Mountain House www.mohonk.com. The facts sheet on their arrangement is also available on the GCCs website: www.gunksclimbers.org and at www.mohonkmountainguides.com
Sky Top has been closed to climbers since the mid 1990s. Historically, it is one of the most significant crags on the continent. Sky Tops sublime setting is home to one of the earliest routes in the Shawangunks, Fritz Weissners 1935 Gargoyle, moderate classics like Grey Face, Pilgrims Progress, and Sound & Fury, as well as Trad testpieces that advanced North American rock climbing standards, Foops and Supercrack.