Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 3, 2017 - 11:36am PT
For all you east-coasters:
Oct 14 – GCC Members BBQ
5pm Mohonk Preserve Visitor's Center
Join the GCC at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor’s Center (stairmaster parking lot) for this year’s fall BBQ. Free for members, we’ll have food and drink on-hand to kick back post-climbing during our finest season. Entry is free for members, and non-members can enter for $15, or join the GCC/Access Fund for a discounted rate of $35.
Local climbing photographer Chris Vultaggio is scheduled to give a slideshow, and we’ll have lots of great raffle prizes from our sponsors.
Oct 21 – No Man’s Land Film Festival
8pm Rock and Snow Annex, New Paltz
The GCC (Gunks Climbers Coalition) is excited to announce that they are bringing the No Man’s Land film festival to the Gunks this year on Saturday October 21. No Man’s Land is “an all-female adventure film festival based out of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado that meets a need and desire to highlight and connect women in pursuit of the radical.”
A series of short films will showcase female adventure athletes in wild and wide-open spaces from big mountains to offshore breaks, boulders to highlines. All genders welcome in this visual celebration of women pushing limits in the adventure arena.
Rock and Snow will host the event (at their Annex location on Main Street in New Paltz), doors open 730pm, show from 8pm-10pm with introduction by No Man’s Land team member Kathy Karlo. $10 suggested donation at the door. Snacks provided but BYOB – come share the stoke after a day of sending at the cliff.
I gather they revamped themselves slightly a few years ago. Is nothing dramatic, and have heard of nothing they've accomplished, & therefore can't speak to current situation.
The old group was extremely insular, small, strictly local to immediate area, and conservative. I gather it was in fact largely ignored, though certainly a few individuals might dispute this.
It served as a nice "cover" or fig leaf for status quo (State, Mohonk Preserve & yokel political establishment).
Sad thing was, the Access Fund delegated everything regarding Gunks to this group (a non-entity).
None of the "master-of-the-universe" Manhattan lawyer types common at the Gunks seemed interested, unfortunately. They could probably work wonders with "no climbing" policy on region's state lands.
But I guess those who quibble too much don't get into Harvard/Yale.
The entire Eastern outdoor thing has long been perversely conservative. [Nixon's speech writer & Gunks climber] Guy Waterman, for example, chronicled how hiking groups actively fought the federal government's acquisition of rights of way for the Appalachian Trail.
A recreational map publisher in New York in 1980s actively omitted all wilderness trails of long standing on Adirondack "private property" (perhaps leaving somebody ill-informed in an emergency). These are vast "private clubs" that date from Gilded Age railroad barons, and remain integral to "conservation establishment" in Adirondacks.
In New England vast watershed lands are closed to public "to protect the drinking water." (In California that would mean closing half of Colorado, etc. Chicago would close Wisconsin and Michigan.)
Also, for example, the whole (apparently overblown) sordid story from ancient times, regarding AMC and "Vulgarians."
Still dysfunctional, only now in ways more difficult to characterize.
One would be forgiven, if reading first few posts above, one imagined that all events mentioned were associated with "Gunks Climbing Coalition."
For the most part they are not. They are generally related to local iteration of "Banff Film Festival." GCC, it should be noted, has no association with this entity, although they seem to hope to derive benefit from confusion.
This approach seems naive, to put it charitably.
Yes, of course I'm negative and have "an axe to grind." Is often the rational response to various social-political structures related to status quo. But alas, complaining about such things can be unpopular.
The non-entity of the Gunks Climbers' Coalition fits in a small and insignificant way, with a much larger "culture." Please understand that I don't believe anything can change this. (For example, I don't believe boycotting Walmart matters.)
Anecdote that is only distantly relevant: 30 years ago, basically due to stupid mistake, I stumbled into a board meeting in Greenwich, Connecticut, of the Mianus Gorge Preserve. Is my understanding that decades earlier, The Nature Conservancy grew out of this small group.
It was like walking into an insane asylum -- with added cultural dimension of obscene wealth. Think maybe, "Adams Family?"
The Nature Conservancy "puts a low priority on public access" an official told me, decades later. Skiing (and all winter use) is banned at Mianus Preserve "to allow the trails to rest."