This is the ridge lying south of the hiker's trail before reaching the saddle that delineates it from Hadley Mtn. proper. The most extensive development, and the best climbing, lies on the extreme southern end of this ridge, at the Rods'n'Guns Wall. There are several outcrops along the east-facing slopes, but they've yet to see development, in part due to their being much chossier than they look from a distance.
The current herd path diverges from the hiking trail about fifteen minute's walk up, at a small hemlock on a dirt bank on the left (south) side of the trail. Cut off here, maintaining elevation (occasional cairns may help) until you've passed under a series of small ledges. Look for a cairn on a large flat slab, walk up past it and continue south, dropping down near the first significant (>50' tall) cliff. At the lower corner of this cliff, you will have to work through a short bit of rockfall to avoid walking on a private inholding boundary, but soon public land includes the level bench below the slope. You will pass an attractive boulder and a minute later, see the Whaling Wall, a cliff nearly 100' tall, on the ridge to your right. The path continues along the plateau, crossing a major drainage, diverging from the steep ridge and continuing through easy, open woods before curling west to a gully that leads downward to the eastern end of the Rods'n'Guns Wall.
Climbing Season For the Southern Mountains area.
Weather station 14.1 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For West Ridge
Winchester Dihedral 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a NY
: ... : Rods'n'Guns Wall
Climb the left-facing corner to its top at the bottom of the large right-facing corner marking the right end of the huge roof system. Climb up this dihedral to a scary, committing move up and our left onto the arete and onto a sloping ledge. Traverse 10' left to a small right-facing corner/crack system. Climb up this and then follow right-arching cracks and features up to the top of the cliff.A direct send straight up the seam through the overhanging face above the main dihedral has yet to be do...[more] Browse More Classics in NY