Elevation: 1,719 ft
GPS: 44.136, -73.743 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Taino Grosjean on Jan 19, 2007
Admins: Jim Lawyer

Description

Chapel Pond Slab is considered one of the highlights of Adirondack climbing. Not because the climbing is difficult nor for the cleans cracks. In fact, Chapel Pond Slab is very moderate and it offers clean, crack-free slab climbing for some 700 feet.

Climbers can enjoy the views of the Washbowl climbing area, Giant Mountain, and several other picturesque peaks across Route 73, while climbing the slabs.

Expect runouts. Like most slab climbing, the key to becoming a champion slab master is a combination punch--maximize the surface area of your feet and maintain your momentum. Like Don Mellor admits in his soon to be replaced guidebook, "Admittedly, the moves aren't really that hard. Instead it is the whole picture of exposure and commitment that makes the climb so rewarding."

The best introduction to the Slabs is the Regular Route. It offers substantial protection, when needed, and it offers several variations and options to pass slower parties if you plan to climb it on a beautiful weekend day.

Getting There

Heading north from interstate 87 on Route 73, the Slabs will be on the west (left) side of the road. One can either park at the main lot for Chapel Pond, or on the left side of the road where the shoulder widens. There is a climbers path that leaves the road and quickly gets you to the base of the slabs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Chapel Pond Slab

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 24
Bob's Knob Standard
Trad 6 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 244
Regular Route
Trad 8 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X
 90
Empress
Trad 7 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 18
Greensleeves
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 16
Thanksgiving
Trad 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bob's Knob Standard
 24
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches
Regular Route
 244
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad 8 pitches
Empress
 90
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X Trad 7 pitches
Greensleeves
 18
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Thanksgiving
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 6 pitches
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