Avg: 3.6 from 18 votes
|Type:||Trad, 120 ft (36 m)|
|FA:||Dick Williams and Jim McCarthy, 1963|
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|Shared By:||kyle lefkoff on Oct 6, 2012|
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.
Security patrols are in place to to prevent unauthorized access to the area. There will also be other methods used to confirm and prevent unauthorized access.
Regardless, this is a huge step in the uphill battle to win public climbing access back.
Make a burly crack move off the deck, or slide in from the corner on the right at the crux (the Clune Start). Steep, well protected moves for hands and fingers get you to a belay at 60 feet.
While most parties descend here, there's extra credit for leading another 60 feet to the summit, past another hard section off the belay, and some easier roofs at the top.
Climbing at Skytop is now allowed (and encouraged!) so long as you hire a Certified AMGA Guide through Alpine Endeavors: alpineendeavors.com/