Shawangunk Ridge, N.Y. from 11 of the Best Rock Climbing Spots in the U.S.

11 of the Best Rock Climbing Spots in the U.S.

Courtesy of Jannette Pazer
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Shawangunk Ridge, N.Y.

Referred to by climbers as “The Gunks,” this popular and well-loved climbing area boasts over 1,000 routes and miles of cliff face, according to Jannette Pazer, a veteran climber of 34 years and secretary of the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition. “What makes the Gunks so special is the nature of the rocks,” Pazer explained. “With many horizontal cracks, climbers are offered many high-quality climbs at very easy grades.” However, she did note that many people find grades at The Gunks to be more difficult when compared to other climbing spots. ”Often the moves aren't necessarily much harder, but the exposure and abundance of large overhangs is intimidating,” Pazer added.

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