Herman Boulder 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.
Three problems: Fly Like an Ego V9, Yo-Yo Ma V4, and Herman V0, were the first to be established on the Herman Boulder. These problems can be found in Ivan Greene's guide book.
In late 2012, the large, main face of the boulder was found to be totally covered in lichen, with wild plant growth on top of the boulder. The face was cleaned, and three new lines were established: Blood Moon V2, Harvest Moon V2, and Death Star V5.
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