Trad, 260 ft (79 m), 3 pitches,
Avg: 2.3 from 23
FA: Ivan Rezucha and Bill Ravitch, 1980
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Tree Preservation and Rappelling
Please use 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.
Always free and always fun.
P1- Climb up grungy face 15 feet right of Hawk
or (nicer) climb Hawk
to the communal belay. Note - this area was massively affected by rockfall in 2008.
P2- Climb short overhang to face in between the two obvious corners. Climb face and right-hand corner to larger overhang. Go right, around corner and up to next overhang. Make funky and fun moves left around the overhang and continue straight up.
P3- Climb easy crack and face ~20 left of Hawk
's large corner. Clean and nice pitch.
Standard rack up to 2".