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Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon

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Big Brother 
Chapel Pond Slabs 
Chouinard's Gully  
Chouinard's Right T 
Crystal Ice Tower 
Dogleg Right T 
Emerald Slabs T 
Geek, The 
Haggis and Cold Toast 
Hot Shot 
Ice Slot 
Ice Storm 
Lames Ice Hose 
Lions on the Beach 
Material Girl 
Midnight Cruiser 
Napolean TR 
Parallel Gully 
Patey's Gully T 
Positive Reinforcement 
Post Purchase Dissonance T,TR 
Power Play 
Pussyfootin' With Lilith 
Quinn the Eskimo 
Rule of the Bone 
Seldom Scene 
Sockman T 
Tahawas T 
Whales in the Jungle T 
White Line Fever 

Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Chapel Pond is one of the premier ice arenas in the Adirondacks, offering a stone's-throw approach, accessible routes of all difficulty levels, and pleasant climbing conditions...usually. The pond area is directly across from the main parking lot on Rt. 73, while Chapel Pond Canyon is lookers right from the parking lot, and semi hidden down--you guessed it--a canyon. The main face of Chapel Pond is NE facing, so it is sunny in the morning, then falls into the shade as the day progresses.

Be wary of this area on beautiful weekend days, as it is also THE most popular ice climbing venue in all of the Adirondacks.

Getting There 

From the Northway (I-87). Take exit 30 and follow Rt. 9 northwest to NY 73. Follow this northwest straight into Keene Valley. Chapel Pond will become visible on the left after about 5 miles. The parking lot is directly in front of the Pond, though when full, parking on either side of 73 is acceptable.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.7 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon:
Chouinard's Gully    WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Chapel Pond Slabs   WI2+     Ice, 4 pitches   
Whales in the Jungle   WI3     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
Seldom Scene   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Quinn the Eskimo   WI2-3     Ice, 1 pitch, 110'   
Dogleg Right   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   
Parallel Gully   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   
Laceration   WI5-     Ice, 70'   
Midnight Cruiser   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Ice Slot   WI4-     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Crystal Ice Tower   WI4     Ice   
White Line Fever   WI2-3     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   
Hot Shot   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lions on the Beach   WI4-     Ice, 1 pitch, 80'   
Haggis and Cold Toast   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Pussyfootin' With Lilith   WI3 M4+     Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Spike   WI4+ M4     Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 140'   
Positive Reinforcement   WI3-4     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Power Play   WI4+     Ice, 3 pitches, 220'   
Rule of the Bone   WI3+     Ice, 60'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Leading up the first mixed bit. The steeper finish...

Midnight Cruiser WI3+  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond...
This route starts 30 feet to the left of Quinn The Eskimo in a notch of rock. the first 30 feet are mixed and follow a smear of ice on blocky rock. from here a section of snow leads to lower angled ice with many options, and finally to a 20 foot vertical section at the top. The final portion is the crux....[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Chapel pond on 2013-11-30
BETA PHOTO: Chapel pond on 2013-11-30
Rock Climbing Photo: Dog Leg to Chouinard's Right
BETA PHOTO: Dog Leg to Chouinard's Right
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across Chapel Pond at the Gully Area.
Looking across Chapel Pond at the Gully Area.

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