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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.
From the top of Horseman and neighboring routes, wander down and climbers' right back towards the cliff top. Find the stream bed and follow it to the top of Ken's Crack and Boston.
From the top of Ken's Crack and routes further right, follow trails along the clifftop back towards the Uberfall. These trails will lead you to the open area on top of Ken's Crack and Boston.
Once you've gotten to the tops of Ken's Crack and Boston, you can see the carriage road about 40' below. Next: continue down the streambed to climbers' left and squeeze behind an obvious 5' boulder. Now, have a seat. Scootch left, to a good stance at a giant horizontal tree root - this feature is how you'll know you're in the right place. Scamper down and left on buckets and ledges, to the carriage road.