Bella Vista Slab Rock Climbing
View from Bella Vista slab, Crane Mt, Adirondacks.
This undulating slab runs over 500' up the side of Crane Mountain. Among several such long slabs, this is the closest to the Belleview Slab, being only 120' left of the top of that crag. The appeal here is for the alpine feel, open views, and ease of access; don't expect a lot of strenuous climbing. Do expect a fair amount of unkempt slab, although increasing traffic is helping reduce the flotsam. Feel free to bring a brush and touch up a spot or two along the way.
A half dozen or more routes course up its length, but the best is the eponymous line that begins at the slab's lowpoint, winds up open rock through several challenging steps, to end at its highpoint, a picturesque platform with several natural rock benches.
Every route here has a few seriously runout sections, generally in the 5.3 range, but in most spots, easier, safer alternatives can be found (though this may require thrashing through dense foliage).
While it is possible to walk down via gullies (climber's left), there is a rappel course along the slab. Be forewarned: there are several rope-snagging flakes and saplings along the way. To use it, scramble down climber's right (class 3) to the lowest of several spruce trees, where the topmost fixed anchor lies. Take this down, slightly climber's left, to an anchor on an oak tree. Take this to an anchor on a spruce tree. Take that anchor to another one on an oak tree below the headwall. Take that to the ledge at the base of Le Jeur de Bon Heures. Either scramble down or take one more oak tree rappel to reach the base of the slab.
Either climb something on the Belleview Slab or walk around it climber's left and scramble up a steep gully. From the top of the Belleview, walk 120' climber's left to the base of this slab.
Climbing Season For the Crane Mountain area.
Weather station 6.5 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Bella Vista Slab
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bella Vista Slab:
Bella Vista 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
PG13 Trad, 5 pitches, 510'
Featured Route For Bella Vista Slab
Bella Vista to Benediction [Linkup] 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
: ... : Bella Vista Slab
This is the purest (most obvious) line on these slabs and was recently cleaned from the top down. Jay says the climbing on the top pitch of Bella Vista (pitch 5 that heads left) is better quality. I haven't climbed it yet, but I do enjoy the 5.3-ish (PG/R) finish on Benediction.P1 110' 5.4 PG: Climb the slab up and right, running it out on friction 25' to the first bolt. Continue weaving upward, following clean patches and bolts, to a right-facing corner. Hop left, up on this, and make ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY