Avg: 2.5 from 470 votes
|Type:||Trad, 50 ft (15 m)|
|FA:||Thornton Reed, Norton Smithe, Lester Germer 1950s|
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|Shared By:||Adam Catalano on Mar 29, 2006|
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.
A bouldery start stumps many beginners. The moves (and the gear) is all there, but both can be tricky.
The climbing eases back to 5.6 after the opening moves. The crack climbing is supplemented by many face holds as well. Enjoy the incredible fist-jam move just before the finish.
Bolted anchor at the top.
Robert Hall suggests that you can continue for another pitch (see picture): From the top of P1 of Laurel, step a foot or so right and climb directly up the face on a thin crack, over a small overhang and on to the top. I don't know if this ever made it into a guidebook, but it was in no guidebook when I "discovered" this fine ending that keeps the grade (of the pre-polished) Laurel in the late 60's - early 70's. Gear is maybe some small nuts for the lower portion, then small-to-med. stuff, if my memory serves me.