|The Barkeater Cliff
What a way to be greeted by this cliff. Mr. Clean is the clean right-facing dihedral that marks the top of the climbers trail to the cliff, and it is a great way to get the day started, finish off the day, or try your hand and placing gear if you are eager to break into the grade.
This route is as obvious as they come--climb the corner through a semi-technical stemming section about midway up the corner. Get a great rest on phenomenally featured rock at about 3/4 of the way, and finish up by climbing the lower-angled hand and finger crack to the chain anchors.
At the height of the climbers trail...you can't miss the corner.
Doubles are helpful, but not obligatory, from green to blue Camalot.
Near the top of Mr. Clean (5.8) at the Barkeater C...
Janine cruising up Mr. Clean
|By Josh Brown|
Jun 30, 2008
In the new ADK guide by Hass this has been bumped up to a 9 (although I consider myself an 8 climber so I think it must be an 8 because I was able to haul myself up. It's a great climb and a lot of fun allowing for practice of stemming or lieback if you're so inclined.
|By Nathan Stokes|
Jul 12, 2009
I found this easier than "Eat Yourself a Pie" which I climbed later in the day. I did the entire climb as a lieback and cruised up it. The crux is a series of 9 moves especially if you can't jam or lieback very well.
|By Chris Duca|
From: Havertown, PA
Jul 16, 2009
I agree with both aforementioned comments regarding the new difficulty rating in the guidebook. Climbing this route either way (jamming it straight in, or laying it back) doesn't seem to change the grade or present itself as more difficult in my opinion.
|By Greg Kuchyt|
May 23, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
There is a second, albeit seldom traveled (based on evidence) pitch to this route. It's nick-named "The Kodiak Bear", goes at 5.9, and proceeds up and left of the bolted belay into a flaring alcove "chimney" then into an off-width and finishes on a short hand crack. The pitch is 30' long and the gear suggestion in the guidebook is single set of cams to 3" with double 2" and 3" and that will allow you to sew the thing up and still have a decent belay not relying totally on the fixed anchor. In my opinion, the "fixed anchor" mentioned in the book is a somewhat sketchy chockstone in rock of unnerving quality. The chockstone seems to wedge in there well on a straight down or left pull (the angle of pull on a rap generally, but flexes and shifts when pulled down and right). We backed up and bounce tested the chockstone and added new cord to the tat today. If this post is dated be prepared to bring your own cord to back up the tat there. Have fun...
|By Matt Glue|
From: Albany, NY
Jul 10, 2011
If it didn't ease up for the last half, it would be one of the best routes in the Dacks. But I'm partial to splitters :)
|By Nick Weinberg|
From: Essex, NY
Nov 11, 2011
Like most crack climbs, the difficulty level depends, among other things, on jamming skills and hand size. This climb is no different.