The Lost Hunters cliff was originally discovered (for rock climbing) around 1994 by Fred Abbuhl and his dad on a hunting trip. Several climbs were put in, mostly very difficult, 5.12 to 5.13. Bill Griffith took an interest in the cliff in late 2008 and in 2009 dragged several of us in there to help build some more climbs.
The main cliff at Lost Hunter is kind of strange; you can stand right below it and not be able to see it at all. You have to walk up a small slot to get to the cliff base. When you get there it is impressive, overhanging and scary.
The new climbs are mostly north of the main cliff; go to the base of the main cliff and then work your way north. The problem at Lost Hunter is that the climbs are so difficult, and this is a problem with many of the newer climbs also; they are 5.11 and 5.12. If you have more moderate skill and walk in be sure to try The Weasel Climb 5.9. It includes friction climbing, underclings, a roof, big jugs and an arete all wrapped into one pitch. A picture is of The Weasel Climb is shown to the right. Terapia, a difficult to lead bolted 5.12 arete climb is shown in a photo on the home page.
It takes about an hour to walk to Lost Hunters; a path has been developed and flagged. More climbs are possible.
Hot Compress is located on the far left side of Lost Hunters Cliff, and can be recognized by its steepness relative to the rest of the cliff. Start by scrambling up a 4th class slab and stick clip the first bolt. From here, easy dihedral climbing leads to a large ledge where you can rest. Swing over left and attack the roof, exiting on the right side of it. Get ready for the business--A long pull off of a very slopey rail leads to a variety of slopey sidepulls that take a lot of body tension to ...[more]Browse More Classics in NY