Women’s Rock Climbing
NEW PALTZ (GUNKS), NY
Triple Bulges (5.5), on top of Twin Oaks
Women’s Rock Climbing 101 is designed for women, and is taught by female climbing instructors.
Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
Patty grew up in the small town of Charlestown, New Hampshire. She graduated from Keene State College, with a Bachelor or Fine Arts degree in painting and photography. She also studied American Sign Language and runs climbing programs which target the hard of hearing and deaf.
She began her love affair with rock in 1994 at a secret crag known only to locals. She grew up hiking and exploring throughout the foothills of southern NH. On rest days she would time herself running up Mount Monadnock in Troy, NH – also known for being the second most climbed mountain in the world. She was very athletic as a child and excelled in sports in school – gymnastics and soccer being two of her favorites.
Patty enjoys the fluid movements of climbing most, the subtle changes in mind and muscle. “It’s amazing”, she says, “What you can make your body do when you totally commit!” She adds, “What drew me to the Shawangunk Mountains at first were the stellar overhangs (ceiling like outcroppings) and horizontal cracks. Something you just don’t find elsewhere”. It fits her style of climbing, long powerful moves, which seems ironic given she is only 5’1″.
When asked what her favorite climbing area is Patty says jokingly, the one she is currently planning a trip to. She always gets excited about the places she hasn’t been no matter how small or monumental a crag it is. It’s like Christmas.
In her “free time” Patty is also a Triathlete and runner. She Competes masters level track and field in the 800m, 1 mile, and 5K distances. Patty has run the NYC marathon, Philadelphia marathon and Nipmuck Ultra Trail marathon. She has completed the Mussleman half Ironman and is a three time survivor of the SOS, Survival of the Shawangunks Triathlon. She aspires to complete a full Ironman Triathlon someday.
Patty is married to her husband Scott, who first taught her to climb, and they have a son, Evan, who also enjoys climbing and BMX biking.
Patty is currently pursuing her AMGA Rock Instructor Course and Exam. Along with this goal, her dream is to climb El Cap in Yosemite Valley with her son.
Though her roots are in New Hampshire surrounded by beautiful mountains she now calls the “Gunks” her home. It is a place that follows strict tradition, something she admires. She finds herself surrounded by amazing athletes of all types. “It’s hard to be lazy at the Gunks”, she says. “I find myself inspired every day”.
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, New York State Licensed Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Climbing Guide, New Paltz (Gunks)
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Carolyn Riccardi grew up as far away from rock climbing and the mountains as you can imagine in the Flatlands of Brooklyn. As a teenager she was introduced to backpacking in upstate, NY, hiking trails on the AT and camping in Harriman State Park. After high school she worked on Wall Street returning to college to study political science and history. Prior to guiding Carolyn worked as a sex educator in New York City. She was widely sought after appearing on the Today Show, VH1, Bravo and in print in the New York Times, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, and New York Magazine.
After reading Jon Krakauer’s account of solo ice climbing the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska, Carolyn was inspired to call Eastern Mountain Sports became a regular weekend traveler to the Gunks and Adirondacks. In a few short years Carolyn has climbed alpine rock in the Cascades, sandstone in Red Rocks, sport climbs in Flagstaff and Rumney, ice routes on Cannon Cliff, the Catskills and Daks, as well as classic three star routes in the Gunks.
Carolyn understands what its like to be a client out with a guide for the very first time. Besides climbing and obsessing over the weight of each piece of her gear, Carolyn enjoys listening to heavy metal and watching horror movies.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, New York State Licensed Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Level 1
Rock Climbing 101
If you’ve never rock climbed, or have been climbing indoors at a rock gym, this class is for you. We’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing and focus on giving you the knowledge to become a skilled and confident rock climber. You’ll learn about the relevant equipment, knots and terminology, and then we’ll move right into belaying, body position, footwork and working around the climbing site.
The bulk of the day is spent putting these new skills to use on the cliff, with each climber able to get in a few climbs and descents. You will come away knowing what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing party, and with a good measure of actual climbing time on the rock.
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*= prices do not include Mohonk Preserve enterance fee.
Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports outside of New Paltz. Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted groups will head to the cliff and begin climbing. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items to the cliff. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.
Included/ Not Included
Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes rock shoes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware. Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.
Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.