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Roaring Brook Falls 

Roaring Brook Falls 

WI3+

   
Type:  Ice, 3 pitches, 350'
Consensus: WI3+ [details]
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Season: Need a few subzero nights to form
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Submitted By: Kevin Zagorda on Sep 27, 2008
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BETA PHOTO: Looking up Pitches 2 and 3

Description 

A classic fun climb, very popular, consequently a conga line normally forms on weekends. P1 is the crux and climbs either the narrow chimney on the right, or the more exposed face on the left depending on conditions (amount of ice and water flow). Beware of open ice above P1 with rushing water below. P2 is very easy and many choose to simulclimb this pitch. P3 narrows and follows the line of moderate ice to a large topout. Parts of P3 can be a thin curtain early in the season. There is an easy walkoff on the left that follows the hiking trail back down and is much quicker and easier than trying to rappell.


Location 

Right off Rt 73 at the bottom of the steep hill as you head north from Chapel Pond. Park at the trailhead for Giant Mountain on the right side of 73 and make the short walk to the base of the falls.


Protection 

Nothing special to note.



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Roaring Brook Falls from the overlook on highway 73.
Roaring Brook Falls from the overlook on highway 7...
Pitch 1
BETA PHOTO: Pitch 1
Preparing to ascend the last pitch. Run from the halfway pool, this is a 70m rope stretcher.
Preparing to ascend the last pitch. Run from the h...
Seconding the first pitch.
Seconding the first pitch.
heading up p1 of RBF in not-so-great conditions
heading up p1 of RBF in not-so-great conditions
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From: NEPA and Upper Jay, NY
May 25, 2011

Extremely fun. P2 is often a snow slog, P1 and P3 are both challenging in different ways.

Be careful of thin ice at any time of year. If you've never climbed an active waterfall this might not be a good one to start on unless you have good, recent beta that it's solid.

By Matt Baer
Apr 12, 2012
rating: WI3+

Excellent First and Third Pitches, 2nd you don't really need ropes for depending on the conditions. One of my favorite Ice Climbs in the ADK's.