19th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film Festival

19th Annual New Paltz Climbing Film Festival – New Paltz, NY

SUNY at New Paltz
Studley Theater
(Next to Old Main)
For the past 19 years it has been our privilege to produce the New Paltz Climbing Film Festival. Thanks to over 130 filmmakers, we have been able to tell their stories, share their passion, and highlight a number of amazing climbers and boulderers.
Nineteen years ago (1999) I traveled to New Paltz to meet with Evan Marks (Gunks.com), Hank Alicandri (Mohonk Preserve) and Rich Gottlieb (Rock and Snow) with the concept of an annual climbing film festival and related events. With their support along with soon afterwards, the SUNY Outing Club,and finally when we were able to get four great climbing films from Scottish filmmaker, Richard Else, it was a go for the next nineteen years.At this time, we have decided to discontinue our New Paltz Climbing Film Festival. It has been an amazing journey and an opportunity to meet and work with some very committed folks and organizations. We hope to see some of you at our Banff Mountain Film Festivals and Warren Miller shows.

Be sure to see all the great films and their descriptions from the past 19 years in the Film Archive, along with the list of winners of the Thom Scheuer Award for Land Stewardship in the Events page. In addition, during the Film Festival weekend, the Mohonk Preserve hosted a Climbers’ Reception with noted speakers. A list is included in the Events page.

Many thanks to the filmmakers, sponsors, climbing organizations, and our audiences for the wonderful support we received for the past 19 years.


Tom Widing

Chestnut Mountain Productions

New Paltz Climbing Film Festival is Hosted by:


Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors: