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Chapel Pond Slab

New York > Adirondacks > B: Chapel Pond Pass

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.

Routes from Left to Right

5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X
 80
Empress
Trad 7 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 15
Greensleeves
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 16
Thanksgiving
Trad 6 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 205
Regular Route
Trad 8 pitches
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 20
Bob's Knob Standard
Trad 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Empress
 80
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X Trad 7 pitches
Greensleeves
 15
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
Regular Route
 205
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad 8 pitches
Bob's Knob Standard
 20
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 6 pitches

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Descent from Chapel Pond Slab.
[Hide Photo] Descent from Chapel Pond Slab.
The slabs from the trail to Giant Mountain
[Hide Photo] The slabs from the trail to Giant Mountain
CP slab in the summer, 2012.
[Hide Photo] CP slab in the summer, 2012.
Kara on the Chapel Pond Slab.
[Hide Photo] Kara on the Chapel Pond Slab.
Kara at the top of Empress.
[Hide Photo] Kara at the top of Empress.
Chapel Pond Slab as seen from the trail up Giant Mountain
[Hide Photo] Chapel Pond Slab as seen from the trail up Giant Mountain
A good view of the base showing the variety of starting options.
[Hide Photo] A good view of the base showing the variety of starting options.
Chapel Pond Slab (on the right) and Emperor Slab (on the left).
[Hide Photo] Chapel Pond Slab (on the right) and Emperor Slab (on the left).
Chapel Pond Slab from Upper Washbowl
[Hide Photo] Chapel Pond Slab from Upper Washbowl
Walking on the trail towards the standard base area for climbs. Bob's Knob can be seen in the top right.
[Hide Photo] Walking on the trail towards the standard base area for climbs. Bob's Knob can be seen in the top right.
Chapel Pond view from atop of Bob's Knob.  Washbowl in the background to the right.
[Hide Photo] Chapel Pond view from atop of Bob's Knob. Washbowl in the background to the right.
View from the bottom.
[Hide Photo] View from the bottom.

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[Hide Comment] adirondackrock.com/goodies/…

topo fer da slabs May 8, 2009
[Hide Comment] If you opt to use the double rappel down the North Descent (found by following the trail past the first fixed line), please be cautious. The old white tree hanging off the cliff with a bunch of tat and rap rings is feeling much less stable than it used to. With just a little push on the trunk, you can see the entire root mat lifting up. I added some cord and a couple quick links to a much healthier (albeit smaller)tree about six feet back into the woods. There was already a longer length of cord hanging down from that tree toward the edge of the cliff with a single quick link. I trimmed that cord down and tied it back around in a smaller loop.

It might be time to cut the tat off the dying tree that hangs out over the edge? I don't climb here very often, so I wasn't sure if it's used as more of a winter descent option in which case the frozen ground would make it a bit more substantial.

Either way, I suggest the walk-off option. Jul 7, 2014
[Hide Comment] This is definitely not for beginners. I lead this for my 2nd lead ever and we made it but it was mentally draining. Here's a couple tips to learn from our idiocy. Make sure you give yourself 5+ hours, you don't want to be going down at dusk. The descent is not straightforward to begin with. Streams of water were coming down other routes, assume that means you'll find plenty of water on the route you want to climb. Other than that it was a great climb. Good luck! Aug 24, 2014