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North Face of Pitchoff

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North Face of Pitchoff Rock Climbing 

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Some of the best moderate ice climbing in the Adirondack Park can be found in this fairly remote area. There are more climbs than there are parking spaces. The northern exposure and higher elevation ensures that NFOP comes in early and stays climbable late in the season. It can be cold and windy, especially early in the season. The climbs are mostly single pitch NEI 4 or long multi pitch NEI 3 to 3+.

Getting There 

NFOP can be reached from the Jackrabbit ski trail. Take the 'Old Mountain Road" off Rt 73 just north of Mt Van Ho on the right heading towards Lake Placid. This is a dirt road and 4WD is advisable, especially late in the season when the road turns into a mudfest in the afternoon. There is room to park about 6 or 7 cars at the end of the road. Parties arriving with multiple vehicles should try and park at the base of Old Mountain Road and carpool the rest of the way to keep as many spots open as possible. The Jackrabbit Trail begins at the parking area. You MUST wear skis or snowshoes on the Jackrabbit Trail when it is skiable (8 inches of snow or more). The Rangers have been known to stake out the parking lot at the end of the day and ticket climbers who "bareboot" the Jackrabbit Trail. The climbs are visible from the trail, the approach is 30-45 minutes depending where you climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Face of Pitchoff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Face of Pitchoff:
Central Pillar of Pitchoff   WI4     Ice, 1 pitch, 90'   
Arm & Hammer   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   
Tendonitis   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 150'   
Weeping Winds   WI3+     Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   
Screw and Climaxe   WI3+     Ice, 350'   
Moss Ghyl   WI3+     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Harlot   WI3+     Chipped, Ice, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For North Face of Pitchoff
Rock Climbing Photo: Mark Arrow on P1 of Weeping Winds 12/10/2010

Weeping Winds WI3+  NY : Adirondacks : ... : North Face of Pitchoff
One of the longest moderate routes in the Adirondacks. The ice is thin and low angled for the first pitch to reach a tree belay on the left side. Above here the ice steepens a bit to reach the trees. The climb can be extended for another pitch by traversing right, or walking through the trees to reach another headwall on the left. The rap down from the left is tricky since the terrain is wide with no trees. Either make a short rap to a lone tree below the third pitch from which double ropes...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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