Kaaterskill Clove Rock Climbing
The big pillar of the first pitch of Gottlieb's Ro...
Kaaterskill Clove is the first area to which you get as you drive up Rte 23A. It has a wide range of routes, from WI2 to WI5 and multipitch ice as well. The biggest issue is parking. The main parking area for Asbestos Wall/the Ravine routes/Moore's Bridge is large enough for 8-10 cars if everyone is polite, but there are frequently more cars than available spaces; this parking lot can be reached by driving past Moore's Bridge and up the hill; the lot is on the left. Meeting up and carpooling is an excellent idea. The parking lot is generally plowed, but make sure to have a shovel, sand, or something if there's snow in the forecast. Other parking areas include:
For Moore's Bridge: there is a small parking lot approximately 1/2 mile BEFORE the bridge, on the left; however, it is only intermittently plowed - and then, only poorly. The small parking area that could at one time be found just below the bridge has been closed off with a guardrail to protect the new drains.
For Kaaterskill Falls: there is a large parking lot just above the hairpin turn/start of the Kaaterskill trail. Please park there if you're going to climb Trail's Left Flow, Kaaterskill Flow, or anything at the Falls itself.
Take I-87 North to Exit 20 (Saugerties). After the toll booth, make a left onto Rte 32N; stay on Rte 32N until you reach Rte 32A. Make a left, and follow 32A to Rte 23A (in Palenville). Make a left on Rte 23A, and head through Palenville into the Clove. It is along Rte 23A that you can start to find the ice.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
16 Total Climbing Routes
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WI4-5 X NY
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The biggest, scariest waterfall in the Catskill Park. This route takes quite some time to form considering the high flow of water. Look for the second pitch to touch down following a prolonged cold spell. Also, expect to be scared out of your wits. In the best conditions the ice will be shifting and settling in an orchestra of death. This is one of the most dangerous routes in the park in terms of objective hazards....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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