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Specialists in Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Hiking and Cross-Country Skiing Since 1970

About Us

Our Team


Well, here's a rundown of the crew you'll be seeing or talking to here at the store. Everyone is knowledgeable about the gear that we sell because we use it, abuse it, and wear it out. You can always find some of us out playing when we're not here. Whether it's climbing, hiking, biking, or cross-country skiing, any season or weather we do it, so here is a taste of who's who at R&S!


Rich Gottlieb

"I started to climb in the early 80's in the southeast while pursuing the artistic life. Climbing kept interrupting every other aspect of my life and the closer I got to it the more I wanted to know about it. The road trips just kept coming: Colorado, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Peru, Italy, Quebec. Climbing is fun. Climbing is pulling into a parking lot 1000 miles from home, seeing an old partner from 10 years back, and just giving them the nod as if it were only last week that you were tying in together; then perhaps you tie in again. Climbing is a wonderful combination of the expected and the unexpected, it is a test and a tonic. Now life is running on the same track as climbing is and I share life with my wife, Teri, and my daughter, Celia. At Rock and Snow, I am also sharing my life with all the people that make this venture possible; the people that work here, the people that supply us, and of course the people that grace us by coming through the door and trusting us."

Andrew Zalewski

Andrew grew up in the small village of Rosendale, just a few short miles from some of, in his opinion, the best rock climbing in the world. His passion for rock has fueled numerous trips to England and France and a number continential climbing trips. Andrew is married to his lovely former girlfriend, Amy, and has a cat, Rupert, and a human child, Elinor. In addition to rock climbing of all forms, Andrew's interests include, but are not limited to art, kitty cats, science, fiction, science fiction, motorcycles, hiking, and being highly opinionated.

Margaret Littleton

"I’m Margaret. I moved to good ol' New Paltz two years ago to "go to school.” I'm an art major, studying painting at the local college. When I am not in my studio or working you can usually find me at the cliff, climbing, or just hanging out eating sour gummies with Team New Paltz"

Matt Way

Matt is now living in the New Paltz area for the second time. Prior to living here he lived in the Adirondacks, twice, where he was born as a rock climber. He enjoys all aspects of climbing from establishing new routes to climbing adventures abroad. Aside from spending his time climbing, he also enjoys drinking delicious beer and whiskey and pretending he knows stuff about it, building sick x-country skiing jumps, eating food, the occasional ice climbing or telemark skiing adventure, jumping off cliffs into water, seeing cool stuff not in the U.S., seeing cool stuff in the U.S., and spending time with his girlfriend’s dog.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams began climbing in 2005 in the sleepy city of Buffalo, NY and has become a new transplant of the the area as of 2012. His passion for climbing and the outdoors has taken him all over North America and Europe and even forced him into living out of a small hatchback for 2008 and the better part of 2009 in search of these experiences. While a lot of his obsession and discipline is directed toward the pebbles, he also loves plugging cams, clipping bolts and hiking peaks! When he's not consumed by those activities he also enjoys biking, listening and making music, drinking good beer, watching hockey and being quasi-intellectual. Even though he has only been living in the area for a short while, he is proud to call the Gunks and Rock and Snow home.

Roger Ennis

Bio to Come

Michael Kurek

Michael moved to New Paltz 10 years ago from the town of Marlboro, NY. He quickly developed an affinity for the Gunks, and spent much of his time climbing and hiking. Michael is a boulderer by trade, but has also delved into the realm of trad climbing in recent years. He is also a full-time student at SUNY New Paltz studying Biology and Chemistry. When he is not working at Rock and Snow, he can be found up on the cliff or in one of the labs on campus.

Jesse Littleton

Jesse started climbing 6 years ago and was caught hook, line, and sinker. After a year of gym climbing, he decided to move to the Gunks never having led a single pitch of trad. Since then he has adventured all around the Northeast, the Southeast, the West, and the World on climbing trips. Bouldering and Trad climbing are his favorites, but he has also been known to dabble in the Sport, Ice and Aid worlds, as well as searching for new routes and boulders. He has a penchant for falling off the last move of anything he tries! Apart from climbing, he was recently married to Margaret (of Rock and Snow), and they live together with their cat Rosie in Rosendale. He had a mustache before Matt, just so you know!