Anchor Initiative

The Gunks Climbers’ Coalition has been working with the Mohonk Preserve to address rappel anchors. Specifically the GCC is advocating for bolted anchors to replace tree rappel anchors where trees are suffering from climber impact. Additionally there are some fixed gear rappel anchors composed of pitons and/or other aging hardware that the GCC is requesting be replaced with bolted rappel stations.

The Anchor Evaluation Committee was created to evaluate the highest priority rap anchors, formulate a plan, and work with the Mohonk Preserve to implement the plan. The team initiating the effort was Christian FracchiaDustin Portzline, Jason Hurwitz, and Jason Beaupre. This committee spent countless hours surveying climbs to determine the rap anchors causing the most environmental damage and presented their findings to the Mohonk Preserve.

Read the blog posts below for the latest status.

Blog Posts About the Anchor Initiative Project

New Fixed Rappel Anchors in the Trapps

In an effort to reverse climber impact and erosion, the GCC Anchor Evaluation Committee with the Mohonk Preserve has removed high traffic tree anchors. Bolted Fixed Rappel Anchors have been installed and slope restoration areas have been roped off at the top of Jackie, Betty and Baby to move climber traffic to more durable rock surfaces.

1 Response

  1. Curious

    GCC – great work, and I support you! I’ve long wished for more bolted anchors at the Gunks!! But when you say you are working with Mohonk preserve on this, are they actually giving you any of the climbing fee money they collect at the gate and on memberships? I thought this kind of stuff was what it was for.

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