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Positive Latitude 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 320'
Original:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Jun 21, 2012

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Colin leading P1 of Positive Latitude.


This full-length route has the best dimpled climbing in the Adirondacks.

P1 5.10b G: Go up the corner to its top (5.7), then go straight up the vertical face. At the top, work right (crux) to a dimple-pulling finish. Once on a ledge, scramble up and left to a fixed anchor. 160'

P2 5.9 PG: Go straight up to a flake, then right to a right-facing edge. Continue straight up black, dimpled awesomeness until you can runout up and right across the "triple R-K" (right rising ribbon of knobs). Mantel into a rust pocket, then go straight up. When the angle diminishes, run up to a headwall and make another move (hard only because of rope drag) to a fixed anchor. 160'

Descent: Rappel with two 60m ropes.


Walk uphill and left along the base of the cliff for 15 minutes to an open area (the bombardment zone from winter ice) with a large pancake-shaped flake leaning against the wall. Begin 40' left of this on a ledge below a shallow right-facing corner.


P1 requires a couple nuts or cams for the 5.7 start, and a #1 Camalot for a directional at the top. For P2, it's nice to have a #2 Camalot. Otherwise, just draws.

Photos of Positive Latitude Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Randy finishing the first pitch
Randy finishing the first pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: Following P2 of Positive Latitude.
Following P2 of Positive Latitude.

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By Jim Lawyer
Sep 28, 2014

P2 is one of the most amazing pitches anywhere. Super good dimple climbing.
By Mark Bealor Saranac Lake NY
Oct 1, 2016
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b

Two fantastic pitches. The first pitch has great thin edges on a near vertical wall, and the second pitch wanders up a sea of dimples and dishes that reminded me of a Tuolumne knob climb.
These two pitches alone would be worth a 3 hr. drive and the hike in.

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