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|Type:||Trad, 170 ft (52 m), 2 pitches|
|FA:||Dick Williams, Roy Kligfield, Al Rubin, Ivan Rezucha (1975)|
|Page Views:||2,962 total · 18/month|
|Shared By:||Tim Schafstall on Apr 22, 2008|
|Admins:||RJ B, Morgan Patterson|
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.
Ivan Rezucha: I was walking along the base of the Trapps when Roy Kligfield called down and asked me to join the FA, saying that they were going for the record of most people on a first ascent.
P1 - (5.8 PG) Begin on the blank face as for Raunchy and climb up to the ledge and tree at 10 feet (or go up and left to access the ledge and traverse right to the right edge). Alternatively, start from the right-facing corner below (Gory Thumb) up to the same ledge.
From the right edge of the ledge, go up and right to an obvious thin crack in the middle of the nice white face. Climb the crack (small wires) and continue up the face getting any gear possible to a ledge below a pebbly face. Climb the face using the exposed pebbles, making cool pinch moves, up to a large ledge. Traverse left to the belay bolts.
P2 - Climb the face to a bolt, then up a left- facing corner. Move around right to a stance below a face and fixed pin. Move up the face (crux, scary) to easier climbing, then continue straight up to the GT ledge and a bolted belay/rap station.