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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 on high quality granite. Add to this the distance it takes to get there from major cities, and this cliff has a quiet feel that is pure Adirondack climbing.


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Weather station 6.7 miles from here

59 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',3],['5.8',9],['5.9',8],['5.10',20],['5.11',11],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Poke-O-Moonshine:
Catharsis   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 490'   Poke-O Slab
The Sting   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Gamesmanship   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Cirrhosis   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
The Great Dihedral   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 450'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Phase III   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Bloody Mary   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Scallion   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
The Fastest Gun   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Cooney-Norton   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 320'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Lost Chance aka The Natural    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Son of a Mother   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
C-Tips   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 100'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Maestro   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Menace To Sobriety   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Cosmopolitan Wall   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Casual Observer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Earthly Night   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Southern Hospitality p1   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Pilgrim's Progress   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
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Featured Route For Poke-O-Moonshine
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Bloody Mary 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Paralyzing positioning, sustained climbing, and impeccable rock make this route one of Poke-O's finest vertical jaunts. As you climb, remind yourself that for 15 years, this route stood as the hardest climb in the Adirondacks. Pitch 1:Begin roughly 100 feet to the right and uphill from Gamesmanship, and roughly 100 feet to the left of The Fastest Gun. Spot the curving dihedral high on the route (the 2nd pitch), this is what you are aiming for. Climb the broken corner and hand cracks to the l...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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By Ian Dibbs
Jul 13, 2012
Lots of routes to choose from although not many "moderates", usualy not crowded, easy parking and quick walk to rock face but .... constant noise from the highway was a big turn-off for me.
By burlap submariner
Apr 19, 2013
Whats the haps for the bird closures this year? Thinking of coming in the next two weeks and wondering if it would be worth the trip from new hammy.