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|Shared By:||Anthony Baraff on Oct 3, 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.
From a sit start (optional) climb the face and crack to the left of the without using the rock that forms the right side of the dihedral. Top out directly above near the stump of the tree mentioned in Greene and Russo's guide.
This route gets V3 in the Greene and Russo guide, but is measurably easier than any of the other V3s and several of the V2s on the Pebbles boulders.
Also see Rich Goldstone's comments under the photo.