Notes from the website: Dick Williams, a local climbing pioneer, initially had the idea for a climbing gear store in downtown New Paltz in 1965. After a few years of planning and dreaming, eventually fellow climbers Raymond Schrag, Hans Kraus, Rich Goldstone, and James "Jim" McCarthy teamed up with Dick. With the help of these investors and a small staff of scrappy climbers, Dick opened the doors to Rock & Snow on April 10, 1970. Originally located in an old hardware store, Rock & Snow sold the finest in climbing gear at the time, including stoppers and high-top rock boots. Providing local and out-of-town climbers with a place to buy gear, swap stories, and share route beta, Rock & Snow also became a community hub.