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Trad, 140 ft (42 m), 2 pitches,
Avg: 3.1 from 9
FA: 1943, Fritz Wiessner and Lorens Logan
> Sky Top
Access Issue: Tree Preservation and Rappelling
Please use bolted rappel anchors to descend whenever possible.
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.
Access Issue: While public climbing is still legally and enforceably prohibited at Sky Top, you may climb LEGALLY at Sky Top as a guided client, since 2007.
If you want to legally climb at Sky Top, you have to be guided. Alpine Endeavors is contracted by the Mountain House to be the only guide service legally allowed to guide at Sky Top. This might seem completely unfair, but it's their sandbox - so, it's their rules. See mohonk.com/activities/overn… and mohonkmountainguides.com/ for more information.
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.
Lakeview gets its name from its position overlooking, you guessed it, Mohonk Lake. It follows mostly well-defined (but not continuous) corners and cracks to a great topout ledge. The various features make it a great beginner's climb, especially those with a background on gym holds.
The final wide crack is exposed and fun, and somewhat steep as it climbs through some shallow roofs to the topout. Beware (or aware for your second) of the traverse from the top of the first pitch into the final wide crack.
30' right of Petie's Spare Rib, in a hand crack just behind a tree. It starts right off the Labyrinth trail, which will be well traveled if the weather is nice enough to climb.
From the top, bushwhack along a faint trail up and climber's right to either walk off or to rappel near the crevice.
Entirely G except for the very easy ledges a third of the way up the first pitch, and possibly tricky pro traversing into the wide crack.
The top of the first pitch has bolted anchors and a decent ledge. (There is also a gear anchor available 10' straight above the bolts, with a great comfortable ledge.)