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At Long Last: Campground at the Gunks

Climbers have long complained about the lack of a campground near one of the nation's most historic climbing areas. Not anymore. Last week, the American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve announced the addition of a new climbing campground coming Spring 2014. Thumbnail illustration by Jamie Givens.

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The Gunks offer some of the best multi-pitch trad climbing in the nation.  Photo by Frank Tkac

The American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve announced last week in a press release that they have begun construction of a climber campground near the world-famous Shawangunk Ridge climbing area, commonly known as ‘The Gunks’.

The Samuel F. Pryor III Gateway Campground will span 50 acres and will feature 50 campsites, bathrooms, an outdoor cooking and gathering area, as well as an indoor space for rainy-day activities.

Most importantly though, the campground will be within walking distance of the Trapps and Near Trapps, two of the most famous Gunks climbing areas, according to the press release.

“The [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 Hank Alicandri in the report.

The campground will be managed jointly by the American Alpine Club and Mohonk Preserve and is scheduled for completion by Spring 2014.

“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,” said AAC Executive Director Phil Powers in the press release.

Layout of the new Gunks campground.  Courtesy of AACCurrently, the AAC operates and maintains climbing

campgrounds in the Tetons, New River Gorge, and Hueco Tanks.

For more information and updates on the campground, please visit American Alpine Club’s website.