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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon:
Chapel Pond Slabs WI2+ Ice, 4 pitches
White Line Fever WI2-3 Ice, 2 pitches, 350 feet
Dogleg Right WI3+ Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200 feet
Whales in the Jungle WI3 Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Rule of the Bone WI3+ Ice, 60 feet
Ice Slot WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Lions on the Beach WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Positive Reinforcement WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Power Play WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 220 feet
Crystal Ice Tower WI4 Ice
Haggis and Cold Toast WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch, 180 feet
Hot Shot WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 60 feet, Grade V
Chouinard's Gully WI3 Ice, 2 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
Featured Route For Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon
Big Brother WI5 NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond...
Another spectacular route that doesn't form every year. It is the obvious ice pillar that breaks the sheer wall right of Power Play.P1 WI3: Go up an ice slab to a right-leaning chimney. Squeeze up this, then go up a slab, angling left at the top to some trees on the left, about 25' below and left of the base of the pillar. 120'P2 WI5: Go straight up the pillar to the top. The pillar usually touches the wall in two places, offering rests. Halfway up, there's a bail option on the right if the top ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY