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|Type:||Trad, 100 ft (30 m), 2 pitches|
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|Shared By:||Joel Ryan on Dec 7, 2016|
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.
- This route has surely been climbed before, so someone please speak up if they have name or FA information. I gave it a 5.easy grade, but this thing is really unrateable.
This is a true odyssey into the belly of the Gunks. Not for the faint of heart, nor the large of gut.
Start between RMC/Jane and Raubenheimer Special. Head up the blocky face towards the chimney until you are a few feet above the bottom of the chimney. Keep your follower in mind while you traverse right into the chimney, staying above the floor for full value. With a sporting attitude and decent chimney technique, you can make it all the way to a sharp corner without touching the ground. Make a belay and bring up your perplexed follower.
Resist the temptation to walk towards the light; your journey is not over. Mentally prepare yourself for the battle ahead and make sure you rack on one side so you don't get caught on your gear, though I can't remember which side that is. Start up the hand crack in the corner, using your belayer's head as a foothold for extra points. Squirm your way up the seemingly interminable squeeze. Use some chimney voodoo to get from the left side of the corner to the right, and once again resist the urge to escape to the light.
Worm your way further and further until you are reborn from the rock, just below the roof on P1 of Betty.
Rap off and go take a shower.