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PE 1653: Shawangunks Rock Climbing - Fall Break

Climber Outdoors at the Gunks

Enjoy world-class rock climbing at one of the premier areas in the US, the Shawangunks! After two introductory classes at the Lindseth Climbing Center, we will travel to the 'Gunks for 4 days of rock climbing that will teach you the skills to follow multi-pitch climbs. During fall foliage the natural beauty of the 'Gunks is superb and the climbing is some of the best in the world. A student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1 ensures individual attention and plenty of climbing for all.


Course Fee

Students: $495
Community: $525
CU Faculty/Staff: $510

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes

Includes all climbing equipment and group camping gear (tents, stoves, etc.)
If you don't have your own, personal camping gear (sleeping bag, headlamp, etc.) is available for rent at a 25% discount. See Equipment List below for details.


Participation in all class sessions is required in order to receive PE credit.


Basic Rock Climbing or equivalent experience.
Top rope belay certification minimum, Lead belay certification recommended.
Instructor approval required before registering (

Drop Deadline

September 4th


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Medical Form
Lindseth Climbing Waiver





Monday 10/7/24 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Wednesday 10/9/24 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri-Tue 10/11/24 to 10/15/24 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 Rock Climbing Equipment List

* These items are provided by COE and are covered in the course fee.
** These items can be rented from the COE Outfitting. Prices below reflect 25% discount, tax not included.

  • Synthetic base layers for bad weather

  • Cotton t-shirts for nice weather
  • Closed toe shoes.  No sandals, even around camp!
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • **Waterproof rain jacket with hood, available for $11.25 from COE Outfitting
  • **Waterproof rain pants, available for $9.00 from COE Outfitting
  • Warm hat
  • 1-2 Insulating layers: fleece or synthetic fill jacket
  • Warm gloves
Camping Items
  • *Sleeping bag, rated for 25F or lower
  • *Sleeping pad
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Bowl, spoon, mug
  • *Pack or duffel bag to carry it all
Personal Items
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • **Working headlamp and an extra set of fresh batteries, available for $13.50 from COE Outfitting
  • Personal medicine
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Food or money for travel meals
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottles to hold 2 liters of water
Climbing Gear
  • *Helmet
  • *Harness
  • *Climbing shoes
  • Backpack to carry personal and a some of group climbing gear
Group Gear
  • * Tents and Tarps
  • * Cooking gear & Food
  • * First Aid Kit
  • * Climbing Equipment