b. Bunkbed Wall
Tree Preservation and Rappelling
Please use the bolted rappel anchors to descend whenever possible.
The Mohonk Preserve, GCC, Access Fund, and Petzl have worked to install bolted anchors that eliminate the need to rappel from healthy trees with slings and rings. The primary reason for this action has been to reduce impact on the trees. By monitoring the trees we have direct evidence that this has worked.
Do NOT rappel from trees without in situ anchors. Wrapping ropes around trees is banned by the Mohonk Preserve, and damages the tree even if done only once. The Mohonk Preserve is private land and climbing access is a privilege that can be revoked. It is incumbent upon us as climbers to speak up when we witness environmentally unsound practices – so DO speak up and spread the word.
Currently there are enough rappel stations and walk-off options that a VERY short walk will lead to a bolted station, healthy tree with slings, or down-climb descent. The Gunks Apps, MP, and newer print guidebook each have detailed information that provide Leave No Trace descents.
If you feel there is a situation where there is no good LNT descent, you can contact the GCC or the Climbing Ranger of the Mohonk Preserve directly.
The only wall visible from the parking lot, and the first to dry after a rain. Exposed rock, windy routes, shaded and reasonably protected belay area. A favorite area for guides and groups, as it has one of the few double-bolted anchors in the park and a good mix of route levels in close proximity.
There is a new set of bolts for anchors at the top of the cliff; they are centered over the route "Slumber Party".
Exit the lower parking lot to the left; walk away from the fence with the information booth on your right. Join up with carriage road and fence on your right; bear right, go up small incline. Approach time: 2 minutes.
Routes from Left to Right
Bunk bed Wall