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|Type:||Trad, 70 ft (21 m)|
|FA:||Rich Romano, 8/7/95|
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|Shared By:||GabrielKoybz on Jan 4, 2017|
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 pedestal belay above P1 of Shit Creek, follow a hand-sized crack out right past the roof to a small right-facing corner, then up to a small overhang. Continue up right, following a crack/flake on the arete to an overhang. Escape left, and continue up the short but very lichened/dirty face to the GT ledge.
Beware of a large block that rests on the very edge of the GT ledge - it's very tempting to grab it to mantle onto the ledge. It definitely moves, and it would be scary and potentially unfortunate if someone yanked it loose while trying to squirm onto the ledge (and beware of climbers below!).
Make a gear anchor, then walk right to big oak tree rap station.