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The Gunks Guidebooks


New York : The Gunks : Near Trapps Bouldering

Guidebook

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For mobile devices, get the Gunks App - both iPhone and Android versions are available. Guides to the Trapps Bouldering, Nears Bouldering and Peterskill Bouldering are all available.

New York : The Gunks

The Climber's Guide to the Shawangunks: The Trapps

Dick Williams

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In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Shawangunk climbing, Dick Williams has published an updated edition of his essential climber's guide to the Trapps.

A new comprehensive edition to the Trapps. Bonus material includes: detailed history section, new descriptions, new ratings, new variations, link-ups, rappel stations, and yes even new routes!

The Climber's Guide to the Shawangunks: The Near Trapps and Millbrook

Dick Williams

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A new comprehensive edition to the Near Trapps and Millbrook. Bonus material includes: detailed history section, new descriptions, new ratings, new variations, link-ups, rappel stations, and even new routes!

ISBN: 0-9646949-2-1

Todd Swain's Gunks Guide.

The Gunks Guide, Third Edition

Todd Swain, Chockstone Press, 1995.

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Swain's all-inclusive guide to The Trapps, Near Trapps, Sky Top, and Millbrook. Route descriptions, photos, quality ratings, and protection ratings. Not as detailed as Williams' guides, but has everything in one volume.

Be aware that the Swain guide, especially, is regularly inaccurate in its route descriptions. Visitors, and even locals, who attempt to navigate via this guide frequently "get Swained". That said, it's extremely convenient to have all the routes for ALL the Gunks areas in a single volume; it's up to the climber as to what they want to carry.

New York : The Gunks : Peterskill

A Rock Climber's Guide to the Peter's Kill Climbing Area

Mike Rawdon and Mary Molitoris

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In 2015, Mike Rawdon and Marty Molitoris published a new guidebook -- find it at Rock & Snow or The Inner Wall. The authors are working on a mobile app for 2016.

Peter's Kill Climbing Guide.

Peter's Kill Climbing Guide

Robert Wilson

Guide to climbing (lead and top-roping) at Peter's Kill. Should be available at Rock and Snow in New Paltz.

Please note that there is no information on bouldering in this slim guidebook.

New York : The Gunks : Peterskill Bouldering

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Ivan A Greene and Marc E Russo, Jefe Publication, 2003.

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Bouldering in the Shawangunks

New York : The Gunks : Sky Top

Dick Williams' Sky Top guidebook.

Shawangunks Rock Climbs: Sky Top

Dick Williams, The AAC Press, third edition, 1991.

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Dick Williams' 1991 guide to Sky Top; part of his three-volume Gunks guidebook set from the American Alpine Club Press.

Much of the introductory information is out of date, but the climbing information is still accurate. Contains route descriptions, route photos, line drawings showing the start of the routes, quality ratings, and protection grades. The route descriptions are more detailed than those found in Swain's guide.

Admin's Note: There is now limited climbing permitted at Sky Top. Please refer to the main Sky Top page for more details.

New York : The Gunks : The Near Trapps : d. Harvest Moon to the End

Dick Williams' Near Trapps guidebook.

Shawangunk Rock Climbs: The Near Trapps and Millbrook

Dick Williams, The AAC Press, third edition, 1991.

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Dick Williams' 1991 guide to The Near Trapps and Millbrook; part of his three-volume Gunks guidebook set from the American Alpine Club Press. Contains route descriptions, route photos, line drawings showing the start of the routes, quality ratings, and protection grades. The information is a bit dated.

Williams is working on a new Near Trapps guide, scheduled to be published in September, 2008.

New York : The Gunks : The Trapps

Dick Williams' new Trapps guidebook.

The Climber's Guide to the Shawangunks: The Trapps

Dick Williams, Vulgarian Press, 2004.

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A new comprehensive edition of Williams' Trapps guidebook. Includes detailed route descriptions, photos of the routes, drawings showing access trails, quality ratings and protection grades.

Bonus material includes: detailed history section, geology, new descriptions, new ratings, new variations, link-ups, rappel stations, and new routes.

The definitive guide to The Trapps; referred to by Gunks locals as the "Grey Dick".