This year’s Adopt a Crag, sponsored by the Access Fund and the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition, was held at Bonticou Crag at the Mohonk Preserve.
One of the approaches is a rock scramble known as the Crag Trail. The Crag Trail sees a lot of activity and is a favorite with the locals as well as visiting hikers. The scramble is a blazed trail through the talus fields over immense boulders.
Over the years, hikers have dropped a great deal of trash into the crevices, often out of reach. The GCC supplied 31 volunteers equipped with long sticks with a nail attached to the end to spear the trash normally out of reach, and the Mohonk Preserve contributed a number of grabbing sticks. Approximately 20 bags of trash were collected and the trail blazes were repainted as well.
Many thanks to the volunteers and the Mohonk Preserve Rangers who supplied bagels, coffee, and logistical support. Volunteers spruced up the entire crag, the trails and trail blazes.
But it’s not all work and no play! Volunteers brought their climbing gear and either led some routes or top-roped them afterwards. Bonticou is a bit off the beaten track for most climbers. There are some stellar routes located there but there is no guidebook. You can ask another climber for route beta or just go for it and give a nice line a try.
Many thanks to the Access Fund, the Gunks Climbers’ Coalition, the Mohonk Preserve and ESPECIALLY the volunteers. A successful and fun day!