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Poke-O-Moonshine Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Oct 27, 2007


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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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

61 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Poke-O-Moonshine

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Phase III   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   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
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
Cooney-Norton   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 320'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Freedom Flight   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   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
Son of a Mother   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   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
C-Tips   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 100'   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
Maestro   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   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
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Duca on the 1st pitch.

Pilgrim's Progress 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Route Location: Continue past The Fast Gun to a large flat clearing with several bolted lines. Pilgrim's Progress starts at the far right end of the clearing at a semi-detached block with bolts on the right-hand side of it. Chris DucaRoute Beta:Three great pitches with each offering unique and thoughtful challenges. Pitch one wanders up a thin face with a nice crux demanding good problem solving.(10a) Climb past the first set of anchors if you plan on climbing the next pitch, there are another ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Rock Climbing Photo: Main cliff from road.
Main cliff from road.
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Rock Climbing Photo: Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain.
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain.
Rock Climbing Photo: Poke-O-Moonshine

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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.

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