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Poke-O-Moonshine Rock Climbing 

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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

64 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',1],['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
Gamesmanship   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
The Sting   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Cirrhosis   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
Bloody Mary   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   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
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
Cooney-Norton   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 320'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
It Don't Come Easy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   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
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
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   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 230'   Poke-O-Moonshine Main Face
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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.

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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 John Albright
Aug 22, 2016
Here's a Gigapan photo of Poko

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