One Step Ahead Foundation travels to the Shawangunk Mountains
As part of One Step Ahead Foundation’s ongoing mission to help empower young people with limb loss, the Foundation recently arranged a trip to go climbing in the Shawangunk Mountains. The Shawangunk Mountain range is a continuation of the ridge that is known as Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania and Kittatinny Mountain in New Jersey. It reaches from the New York-New Jersey line northeast to Rosendale. Referred to affectionately by hikers and climbers as the “Gunks,” the region offers a hiking experience of great variety and beauty. The dramatic landscape is fashioned of miles of white cliffs and ledges, clear mountaintop lakes, deep oak forests, and sparse ridge top barrens of bonsai-shaped pitch pines.