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Elevation: 4,736'
Location: 44.1258, -73.8586 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: So Face of Gothics from Pyramid Col (photo repeate...

Description 

Gothics is a beautiful multi-faced mountain in the Great Range sitting between Armstrong and Saddleback. It is a great hike in and of itself and the cabled hiking trail up the exposed east ridge gives hikers an exciting "climb."

From the summit the rock in the area is clearly bountiful. Big Slide is visible across the valley with its bolted slab climbs. Basin and Pyramid (a side summit of Gothics) have climbing potential.

Gothics itself has climbing on at least 3 faces. The north face is the largest at nearly 1000 feet. The South Face, and the Southeast Face.

The North Face is no longer the clean slab shown in Mellors' guide. Though good adventure is still to be had.

The South face has some longer bolted lines.

With a long approach, runout slab, mandatory bushwacking, and route-finding problems, Gothics typifies the great adventure climbing in the dacks. Not for everyone, but for those willing to consider the climb as more than just the moves up the rock this is great place to explore.

Getting There 

Gothics lies deep within the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. It can be approached from several directions depending on which face is to be climbed. For North Face climbs approach via Johns Brooks Lodge Trail to the Obed. Make a left and go up the drainage to the base of the huge slab. Hike off down the east ridge.

For South Face routes approach either over the saddle between Basin and Gothics, or from the trail that comes up from the Ausable lakes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.8 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gothics:
Gothics Arch   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 7 pitches, 800'   
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Featured Route For Gothics
P1

Gothics Arch 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Gothics
P1 - Begins to the left of the arch and climbs to a vegetated ledge, belay from the large crack.P2 - Climb the crack and traverse right crossing the 2 black smears and head for the right side of the headwall. There is a decent crack to setup a belay about 50ft below the head wall on a small ledge if you can't reach the headwall due to rope length.P3 - Climb the headwall and climb the pocketed face to an vegetated area (alpine scrub) and set a belay.P4 - Climb the pocketed face above and left of ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Gothics Slideshow Add Photo
North Face of Gothics from Big Slide.
BETA PHOTO: North Face of Gothics from Big Slide.
The Alternate (5.3-5.4) P3 of So Face Direct. The ...
BETA PHOTO: The Alternate (5.3-5.4) P3 of So Face Direct. The ...
The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may ...
BETA PHOTO: The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may ...
S Matz Raps the "headwall" on the So Fac...
S Matz Raps the "headwall" on the So Fac...
Colin starts P2
BETA PHOTO: Colin starts P2
S Matz at START of So Face Direct
BETA PHOTO: S Matz at START of So Face Direct
Next Project ??? - This is the view of Pyramid FRO...
BETA PHOTO: Next Project ??? - This is the view of Pyramid FRO...
Near top of P1 on So Face Direct, traversing towar...
BETA PHOTO: Near top of P1 on So Face Direct, traversing towar...

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