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Rock and Snow

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Rock and Snow specializes in rock climbing and ice climbing clothing and equipment. In the Gunks since 1970.

Dick Williams, a local climbing pioneer, initially had the idea for Rock & Snow in 1965 and after much effort the store opened on April 10, 1970. Business has grown over the years and the store has witnessed various developments and evolutions within the climbing industry, such as; sticky rubber climbing shoes, camming devices, high-tech clothing materials, indoor climbing gyms, etc. These years of growth and development have also included tremendous challenges including a fire on February 20, 1990 that completely destroyed the store. After the fire, Rich Gottlieb, who was store manager at the time of the fire, joined Dick Williams as a full partner. For three years, Rock and Snow was temporarily relocated across the street while design and consultation for a new store took place.
The new and larger store opened on April 1, 1993 and has continued to improve and grow since that time.
In 2000, after 30 years of devotion to Rock & Snow, Dick Williams sold the business to Rich Gottlieb - you can bet that you will be seeing Dick on the cliffs a whole lot more. Consequently, it's likely that you will be seeing Rich in the shop a bit more.

Editor's Notes

Their mission is, Love of the rock-
We love our Gunks, home to some of the best climbing in the world. A portion of our sales goes to support local preservation efforts, so in addition to offering the best gear and advice around, we're helping to keep our environment happy & healthy for future climbers.

Rock and Snow

44 Main St

New Paltz, New York


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