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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get an Adrenaline Fix at the Gunks


4. Insider's Tip

Rock-climbing in the Mohonk Preserve.  

Sky Top, along the Shawangunk Ridge, is one of the classic rock-climbing spots in the Northeast, but the private property has been off-limits to climbers for more than ten years. This spring, the owners (who also run Mohonk Mountain House) have given resort guests exclusive Sky Top access. Hotel visitors can book a guide through Alpine Endeavors and scramble up some of the Gunks’ most sought-after routes (from $142 for a half-day; $189 for a full day). If you’re not staying at the resort—or you’re a rock novice—you can still hire a guide to show you the ropes at the Mohonk Preserve (open to the public).

Published on Apr 25, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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