Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain
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The cliff is extremely impressive for the Adirondacks. It lords over Interstate 87 between exits 32 and 33. There have been many close calls and near miss accidents as climbers strain to see the cliff and all it offers. Most of the routes on the cliff are in the moderate to hard range; that is don't expect the wonderful selection the Gunks offers, you have to earn the climbs here. However, if you feel comfortable at these grades then this is the place to be for big, long, and exposed pitches of high quality granite. Add to this the distance it takes to get there from major cities, this cliff has a quiet feel that is pure Adirondack climbing.
And that is just the rock, don't get me started about the ice. Check out Don Mellor's guidebook Adirondack Rock and Ice for route descriptions and look for Jeremy Haas and Jim Lawyer's new Adirondack Rock Climbing Guidebook due to hit the shelves soon.
Take 87 getting off at the Willsboro exit and head toward the cliff. Look to park at the DEC campground under the cliff. Park here and pay the $1 per climber/hiker fee. Follow the trail that begins off the back of the campground next to the large boulder.
Weather station 5.6 miles from here
58 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face:
The Sting 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Cirrhosis 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches, 150'
Bloody Mary 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 6 pitches, 500'
Phase III 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Scallion 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
The Snatch 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 230'
C-Tips 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 100'
Maestro 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Featured Route For Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Menace To Sobriety 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b NY
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Poke-O is known for many aspects of climbing, but one in particular stands out for many climbers: Technical (read: Off-vertical) face climbing. This route adds a more direct start to Cirrhosis, AND a full number grade of difficulty harder.7 bolts protect the anchors and the end to a very thin and breath-taking route up a sheer, black face. Start by mantling onto a shelf, then continue up the wall passing the crux at about 2/3 height. There are several spots along the climb where the climber ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
By Jim Lawyer
Aug 5, 2010
Freedom Flight -- there's a large crop of poison ivy about halfway across the traverse. There are no cracks above or below the patch, so it's impossible to keep the ropes out of it. Good luck!
By Mike McLean
Jul 13, 2012
As far as parking goes, I was there this week and found no self-payment box, probably because it's all closed down. People were parked right on the street next to the campground entrance, so I did the same without being ticketed.
By Jim Lawyer
Jul 14, 2012
We've been driving right into the old campground and parking anywhere. That way you can park in the shade.
The self-payment box was only relevant when the campground was in operation and climbers were using the facilities (toilet and water). With the campground closed, this is no longer an issue.