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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

For the High Peaks Region area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Gothics

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Rock Climbing Photo: The south face of Gothics from the summit of Pyram...

Original Route 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Gothics
The South Face Crack is an easy, adventurous route in a spectacular backcountry setting. The route is straight forward to follow and would be a great introduction for those wishing to break away from the crag scene. While this line may not be the cleanest (some loose rock and intermittent grassy areas) it is still a worthwhile excursion that will reward you with breathtaking views from the summit.The crack is pretty easy to find, just keep walking left across the slabs until you reach a foot siz...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

Photos of Gothics Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: North Face of Gothics from Big Slide.
BETA PHOTO: North Face of Gothics from Big Slide.
Rock Climbing Photo: 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 ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may ...
BETA PHOTO: The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may ...
Rock Climbing Photo: S Matz Raps the "headwall" on the So Fac...
S Matz Raps the "headwall" on the So Fac...
Rock Climbing Photo: Colin starts P2
BETA PHOTO: Colin starts P2
Rock Climbing Photo: S Matz at START of So Face Direct
BETA PHOTO: S Matz at START of So Face Direct
Rock Climbing Photo: Next Project ??? - This is the view of Pyramid FRO...
BETA PHOTO: Next Project ??? - This is the view of Pyramid FRO...
Rock Climbing Photo: 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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