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Women's Rock Climbing

Women's Rock Climbing

Pack List
Drive to Meet Option

Climb in the Gunks


  • Learn new climbing skills and techniques
  • Feel confidence as you take on new routes
  • Talk about climbing safety and risk management
  • Have a great day with new friends


The Shawangunks are legendary for their rock climbing. With routes that are fun for every level of climber, they welcome both old pros and first-timers alike. Today, we welcome the women of our community to the rock, where you'll be led by some of the top female guides in the area for a day of climbing during this Women in the Outdoors Week event.

Your guides will show you the basics of outdoor rock climbing from knots to techqnique and equipment and will help to ensure you're safely belayed as you take on a variety of a single pitch routes. Today is all about working together, asking questions, and making new friends during your outdoor adventure before heading back home fulfilled, exhausted, and ready for more.

Climbing shoes, harnesses, and helmets are all provided though you're also welcome to bring your own if you'd prefer.

This trip is open to women only.

Pack List

  • Lunch and snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
  • Appropriate for the season. Wear snug, comfortable athletic clothing that allows you to move freely (no jeans).
  • T-shirt—preferably a synthetic like Drimax, Coolmax, Capilene, Bergaline, etc.
  • Shorts or pants—preferably nylon/synthetic stretch
  • Rain jacket—Gore-Tex or comparable material
  • Fleece or similar jacket
  • Hat and gloves—depending on the season
  • Athletic footwear, with tread—athletic shoes, hiking boots or climbing shoes if you have them
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Climbing shoes, harness, ropes, all equipment
  • Park permits

Drive to Meet Option

If you would prefer to drive yourself, you can select the "drive to meet" option at check out.  You'll meet your guide at Rock and Snow in New Paltz, NY at 8:30 AM. From there, you'll follow the van about 15 minutes to the Minnewaska State Park parking area. Please note there is a fee to park.


What is Women in the Outdoors Week?

Women in the Outdoors Week is a week of events focused specifically on women and their relationship with outdoor adventure. Events include panels, speakers, classes, social events, and outdoor trips.

Why is it important?

The outdoors is a source of empowerment, confidence, and community and we believe that those tools can help women succeed in all areas of life. Women's success benefits everyone in a community and society, contributing to economic gains, increased creativity, and a higher standard of living. In today's current climate, it is more important than ever for women to feel confident and connected.

Is it just for women?

Some events are open to everyone while others are open specifically to women and those who identify as women. Each event page indicates whether the event is public or for women specifically.

We think it's important for men to hear and be a part of conversations about outdoor inclusivity so we invite everyone to attend our panels and hear our speakers. However, our goal is also to give women their own space to practice skills and ask questions. While we acknowledge that we have a community of supportive, accepting men, many women do still feel intimidated in mixed groups. Through women's only events, we aim to help attendees build confidence and feel comfortable as they grow in their outdoor sport.