Richard Williams (rock climber)

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Richard "Dick" Williams is a rock climber and entrepreneur from the Hudson River Valley of New York. He pioneered many first ascents in the Shawangunk Ridge and established the area's first rock climbing store in New Paltz on April 10, 1970.[1] The store is called Rock & Snow and is still there today under new ownership.

Dick was one of the original Vulgarians, a group of climbers in the 1960s who were opposed to the government attempting to license and regulate rock climbing. As a sign of protest the Vulgarians often climbed nude.[2] He has written numerous rock climbing guide books for the area including the most recent A Climber's Guide To The Shawangunks.[3]


  1. ^ "About Us - Rock & Snow". Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Who were the notorious Vulgarians?". Traditional Mountaineering. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ "DICK WILLIAMS The Climber's Guide To The Shawangunks". DICK WILLIAMS The Climber's Guide To The Shawangunks. Eastern Mountain Sports. Retrieved 7 January 2013.