Gunks Anchor Fund

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Christian Fracchia
on behalf of Dustin Portzline
 GARDINER, NY
We need your help! The Gunks Climbers' Coalition is working with the Mohonk Preserve to replace all of the 1999-2001 bolted rappel stations with full stainless steel hardware. We have received generous support from the American Safe Climbing Association and Petzl but the GCC needs additional support to purchase stainless steel chain and anchor materials. Please help out, whether it's $5 or $500 every little bit helps!!!   http://gunksclimbers.org/gcc-projects/anchor-initiative/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnwo9MVM7Ds




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Update 2
Posted by Christian Fracchia
8 months ago
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I am so moved by the number of people who immediately jumped in to support our campaign! Thank you so much, your quick response sends a strong message that we are a community that cares about the cliffs! Our goal has been met, so we will be suspending the campaign and the fund withdrawal has been handed over to the GCC treasurer. Follow the GCC on FB as we will keep you in the loop as we roll out the next phase of this anchor makeover. Thanks again, You guys rock! Sincerely, Christian Fracchia
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Update 1
Posted by Christian Fracchia
8 months ago
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Almost halfway there in just half a day! Thanks so much for the support, we love the kind comments!!!
https://www.facebook.com/9362785/videos/10109042353438114/
Replaced Never Never Land Bolt
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Jason Hurwitz
8 months ago
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Paul, the Mohonk Preserve has been assisting greatly with the use of their land, equipment, lots of manpower via MP Rangers and staff, and a commitment to best practices going forward. What we're doing here is unprecedented in this country. Through the efforts of MP, GCC, Petzl, ASCA and numerous committed volunteers, we're attempting to create a bolting standard that has yet to exist in America. Creating this standard is not our mission, though we do hope it catches on. This has everything to do with MP policies and standards (some of which we are defining as we continue). Towards this goal, 8 of us(4 volunteers and 4 MP rangers) took a 2 day bolting certification class with Petzl involving best practices of placing and removing bolts. As far as high costs of visiting the Mohonk Preserve, I'm not sure what you mean. It costs around a $100 for a yearly pass for one person (less per person if buying family passes). Considering what they provide in land management and a highly trained and skilled ranger staff for high angle rescues, I'd call that cheap. It costs more to have a membership at a climbing gym for a two month period than an annual all access MP pass. If you're a climber (or care about one), please consider donating whatever you can to assist us. We have completed much, yet there is so much more to do as we replace all existing anchors w all stainless steel components going forward. Thank you!

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Paul At Work Fischer
8 months ago

Hello - may I ask to what extent the Mohonk Preserve is contributing to this cost of bolt replacement? Many of my friends are sensitive to the high fees just imposed just to access the gunks.

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Christian Fracchia
8 months ago

Hey Brian, We are struggling with these issues and are trying to find a balance. Each situation is unique and we are not trying to create top-rope anchors. The anchors you pointed out are each interesting examples with their own problems, though Sente does not have a bolted anchor, just protection bolts. If you would like to add your perspective join the GCC, details about meetings can be found on the GCC website or the FB page.

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Kellie McGuire
8 months ago

Brian Phillips it sounds like you should join the GCC

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Brian Phillips
8 months ago

The problem with all these fixed anchors is many become convenient top-rope anchors where groups of people hang ropes on classic lead climbs and spend the day there. For example, the Son of Easy O, Snooky's, Sente, and Ant's Line are top-roped constantly on weekends. If people had to build an anchor that would cut down the top-roping significantly because many of the gym climbers who top-rope don't know how to build and anchor, or the anchor would fail and Darwin's law would eliminate those who hog classic trad routes. So the anchors on classic routes should be eliminated and separate rappel lines away from the routes should be substituted as they should have done in the first place.

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$7,715 of $7,200 goal

Raised by 141 people in 8 months
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Created June 29, 2016
Christian Fracchia  
on behalf of Dustin Portzline
$50
Anonymous
8 months ago
JS
$50
Justin and Tal Seweryn
8 months ago
RC
$25
Rob Chabot
8 months ago

Thanks!

MM
$50
Matthew Murphy
8 months ago

Thanks for doing this.

$100
Anonymous
8 months ago
FC
$25
Fern Casacuberta
8 months ago
JC
$20
James Cutrp
8 months ago

Appreciate the hard work.

EW
$25
Eric Weigeshoff
8 months ago

Bolt the Buddah!

JP
$50
Jessica Pizzillo
8 months ago
NK
$50
Nate Kempner
8 months ago
Jason Hurwitz
8 months ago
2
2

Paul, the Mohonk Preserve has been assisting greatly with the use of their land, equipment, lots of manpower via MP Rangers and staff, and a commitment to best practices going forward. What we're doing here is unprecedented in this country. Through the efforts of MP, GCC, Petzl, ASCA and numerous committed volunteers, we're attempting to create a bolting standard that has yet to exist in America. Creating this standard is not our mission, though we do hope it catches on. This has everything to do with MP policies and standards (some of which we are defining as we continue). Towards this goal, 8 of us(4 volunteers and 4 MP rangers) took a 2 day bolting certification class with Petzl involving best practices of placing and removing bolts. As far as high costs of visiting the Mohonk Preserve, I'm not sure what you mean. It costs around a $100 for a yearly pass for one person (less per person if buying family passes). Considering what they provide in land management and a highly trained and skilled ranger staff for high angle rescues, I'd call that cheap. It costs more to have a membership at a climbing gym for a two month period than an annual all access MP pass. If you're a climber (or care about one), please consider donating whatever you can to assist us. We have completed much, yet there is so much more to do as we replace all existing anchors w all stainless steel components going forward. Thank you!

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Paul At Work Fischer
8 months ago

Hello - may I ask to what extent the Mohonk Preserve is contributing to this cost of bolt replacement? Many of my friends are sensitive to the high fees just imposed just to access the gunks.

+ Read More
Christian Fracchia
8 months ago

Hey Brian, We are struggling with these issues and are trying to find a balance. Each situation is unique and we are not trying to create top-rope anchors. The anchors you pointed out are each interesting examples with their own problems, though Sente does not have a bolted anchor, just protection bolts. If you would like to add your perspective join the GCC, details about meetings can be found on the GCC website or the FB page.

+ Read More
Kellie McGuire
8 months ago

Brian Phillips it sounds like you should join the GCC

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Brian Phillips
8 months ago

The problem with all these fixed anchors is many become convenient top-rope anchors where groups of people hang ropes on classic lead climbs and spend the day there. For example, the Son of Easy O, Snooky's, Sente, and Ant's Line are top-roped constantly on weekends. If people had to build an anchor that would cut down the top-roping significantly because many of the gym climbers who top-rope don't know how to build and anchor, or the anchor would fail and Darwin's law would eliminate those who hog classic trad routes. So the anchors on classic routes should be eliminated and separate rappel lines away from the routes should be substituted as they should have done in the first place.

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