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|Type:||Trad, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Jim Andress, Doug Tompkins 1964|
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|Shared By:||JSH on May 28, 2009|
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.
Start just left of the blocky chimney/corner of Bloody Mary. Climb up leftwards to a right-facing flake and clip a pin (which can be backed up, but the flake is also loose). Make a few 5.8 face moves above this stance to another set of right-facing flakes (these are also loose, and groundfall is a probability). Traverse left towards another set of right-facing flakes, up this past a small 'hang, then traverse right to the set of trees above Bloody Mary. 5.8-
P2 turns the overhang above and to the right of the belay trees. Continue up to the GT ledge. 5.7. Big 2-3" cams useful for anchor at the GT ledge above the described line.
P3: Climb up to a small overhang, passing it on the right. Layback the flake in a groove, and up to the clifftop. 5.8-
From the clifftop, walkoff via Uberfall Descent. From the GT, you can rappel in two ropes over Drunkard's Delight, to climber's left.