The Mac Wall (Something Interesting) Rock Climbing
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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.
If someone says "Meet me at the Mac Wall", they're almost certainly describing the dozen or so routes centered around MF, up to about Overhanging Layback.
For our purposes, though, this entire area starts with the major, classic corner system of Three Pines, and extends past the Mac Wall proper, past Welcome to the Gunks, and ends at the huge right-facing orange corner of Asphodel.
Approach: For the Mac Wall proper, walk down the carriage road; once you're past the East Trapps Connector (Stairmaster) intersection, keep an eye out for the very obvious right-leaning crack of Something Interesting. The next MF/Mac Wall approach trail. The next trail is [[Welcome to the Gunks]]110455114 - a few yards down the carriage road - brings you right to the base of MF. A bit further down the carriage road, another Welcome to the Gunks approach trail. The next trail is [[Minty]]110455127 will bring you straight to the bottom of Welcome.
Descent: For the Mac Wall proper, many routes have two-bolt anchors atop first pitches, and one 60m rope will get you to the ground.
There is a set of three bolted anchors descending from the clifftop between Three Pines and Something Interesting. The bolts at the clifftop themselves are a bit hidden in a copse of trees, well left of the top of Three Pines. Rap 3x with one rope, or 2x with 2 ropes, and be aware of parties below you.
There is a tree rappel over Overhanging Layback from the GT; one rope will get you to first-pitch bolts over the right end of the Mac Wall, or two to the ground.
For Tequila Mockingbird and neighbors, plan on topping out and descending via bolts over Something Interesting.
For the routes near Welcome to the Gunks, it is strongly recommended to have two ropes. An intermediate anchor exists, but you won't like it!
Classic Climbing Routes at The Mac Wall (Something Interesting)
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