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Bear Den Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.3647, -73.8645 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Nov 8, 2012
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This cliff is located on Whiteface above the Polar Soldier Wall. The bottom section is steep with some cracks and projects, and the upper section kicks back to a face and slab. Up the center is a right-arching chimney recently affected by rockfall.

Try out some of the other routes here, like the 3-pitch bolted route Bear Necessities or the stellar Berry Good.

Getting There 

Park at the Whiteface ski center, at the Kids Campus. There is a trailhead here for Bear Den. Follow the Upper Connector trail, then go left at the first intersection, right at the next, left at the next, then right at the next. Go 60 paces and find a cairn in the woods on the left (there's a hard-to-find sling around the base of a beech tree here). Follow the cairns to the Polar Soldier Wall. Walk right along the base of the wall, cross some severe blowdown then go uphill to the base of Bear Den. There are many cairns to follow. About 30-40 minutes if you don't get lost.

Climbing Season

For the Adirondacks area.

Weather station 10.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: The lower part of the crack on Gold, Bear Den.

Gold 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Bear Den
Fantastic crack and face climbing.Go up the crack, jog right and continue up the crack to where it fades (there's a good -- but hidden -- 3" crack here). Make an awkward move straight up and follow bolts to a fixed anchor.With a 60m rope you can lower to the ground....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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By Jim Lawyer
Sep 28, 2014
Hurricane Irene really changed the approach from a nice trail to a blowdown-infested bushwhack. It's recovering, but be ready to hunt and peck a bit to find the best way.

On a most positive note, the trail to the Polar Soldier Wall (the first part of the approach) is pretty casual now due to some new route activity there.

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