Avg: 2.8 from 5 votes
|Type:||Trad, 60 ft (18 m)|
|FA:||Fritz Weissner and William Shockley, 1946|
|Page Views:||537 total · 15/month|
|Shared By:||kyle lefkoff on Nov 7, 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.
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.
Fritz was joined on the first ascent by Bill Shockley, a respected Gunks local, who at that time had finished his wartime duties at Columbia University, and resumed his electronics research at Bell Labs. In subsequent years, Shockley invented the transistor, shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1956 with his Bell Labs co-inventors, and moved to Palo Alto to commercialize his electronics inventions at Shockley Semiconductor.
Though a visionary scientist and a gifted rock climber, Shockley sucked as an entrepreneur, and his entire founding team left to start Fairchild Semiconductor, the original chip company in Silicon Valley.