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Bird's Nest T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Captain Hooks T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Dacker Cracker T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Drop, Fly, or Die T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Esthesia T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Eternity T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Grand Hysteria T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
It's Only Entertainment T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Jelly Arms T,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Key, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Lycanthropia T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
Monkey See, Monkey Do T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Normal Route T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
On The Loose T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Only the Good Die Young T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Peace In Our Climbs T 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
Pumpernickel T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Romano's Route T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Slim Pickins T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
TR T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Wheelin N' Dealin T 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a R
White Knight T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Wrong again, Chalkbreath T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Yvonne T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Zabba T 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
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Description

The Web needs very little introduction. The visual one gets of this diamond as it sits high above the West side of Route 73 is enough to both silence Web neophytes and evoke long diatribes of banter from locals and those who've only visited a few times.

This gently overhanging, crack-riddled face is home to the highest concentration of sustained Adirondack test-pieces. Aesthetic lines such as "It's Only Entertainment" (11c), "Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley" (11b), "Esthesia" (Dacks 9+), "TR" (10-), and "Zabba" (13b) are among the best crack climbs in the Northeast, hands down, and all stand testament that climbers have been--and still are--cranking hard in the Northeast. If you've never been here before, be prepared for a big pump as many of the grades are of the traditional, old-school variety. (One should note that Henry Barber's name is attached to many of the classics on this cliff.)

It is peculiar, however, that such an array of high quality crack climbs sees very little traffic on splitter days throughout the climbing season. It is a great choice on crispy Spring and Fall days, as it receives a plethora of sun, plus it dries out quickly due to its' steep orientation. But whatever the reason or reasons for it's sleepiness, let it remain that way, as the Web is a magical place with cosmic lines on some of the best Rock in the Northeast.

Getting There

Head North along Route 73 from The New York Thruway (Route 87) into Keene Valley. You will pass Chapel Pond on the left after about 10 minutes of driving. Start looking for a small pull-off on the right afte about 1/8 of a mile next to a guardrail beneath the cliff. Alternately, you can park across the street from the cliff in the campground area parking lot.

Hike down the climbers trail marker by the "Grimpers" sign, through and then up the talus field. There is no designated trail or blazes once you get onto the talus proper, just stay low and trend left, as you may cliff yourself if you go up and right too soon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Spider's Web

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 78
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 93
Slim Pickins
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
On The Loose
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 88
Esthesia
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 91
TR
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 29
Dacker Cracker
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 5
Eternity
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 61
Drop, Fly, or Die
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 41
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 4
Pumpernickel
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 23
Romano's Route
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 13
It's Only Entertainment
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
White Knight
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 5
Lycanthropia
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 11
Zabba
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
 78
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slim Pickins
 93
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
On The Loose
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Esthesia
 88
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
TR
 91
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Dacker Cracker
 29
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Eternity
 5
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Drop, Fly, or Die
 61
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Fear and Loathing in Keene…
 41
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Pumpernickel
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Romano's Route
 23
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
It's Only Entertainment
 13
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
White Knight
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Lycanthropia
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Zabba
 11
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad
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I love the Adirondack Rock Guide but, its' description of an "easy 15 minute" approach applies only to those with wings. Expect 25-30 minutes of hiking from the parking area to make it up and through the 400 vertical feet of talus. The "deep freeze canyon" can be weirdly cool even on a hot summers day. Jul 4, 2012
Chris Duca
Downingtown, PA
Chris Duca   Downingtown, PA
Ian, was this your first time to the Web? If so, I can understand how it may have taken you 25 to 30 minutes. Jul 5, 2012
Greg Kuchyt
Richmond, VT
Greg Kuchyt   Richmond, VT
The approach is considered easy because in the talus it's open and easy going compared to some of the more "adventurous" approaches in the Adirondacks. At least it's not oppressive spruce. Jul 13, 2012
Jim Lawyer    
I consider the approach to be easy because you can see the cliff from nearly every point along the way. There's no bushwhacking or navigation difficulty, and it really does take 15 minutes. I saw somebody approach this cliff in crutches (!?), and saw somebody else crawl out with a broken ankle. Jul 14, 2012
I just happened to be virtually trolling through my old stomping grounds and was wondering why the .9's are .10's now? It's kind of horsepucky, this upgrading. Esthesia and On the Loose were proud .9's or .9+'s or whatever...they were 5.9 and still are no matter what the "consensus" on here states, unless there's been some hold breaking, crack altering geologic phenomenon. I wouldn't even consider those two sandbags in the grand scheme of sandbags I've encountered throughout the years. May 22, 2014
Dennis
Boston, MA
Dennis   Boston, MA
Thinking about a trip this spring/early summer. Any recommendations on where to stay? Considering the Keene Farm hut. Anyone ever stay here?

alpineclubofcanada.ca/web/A…

Thanks! Jan 7, 2018
Jim Lawyer    
Dennis, I've never stayed at the Keene Farm, but there is decent camping at the Chapel Pond Outlet, where you park for the Spider's Web. Jan 8, 2018
Dennis
Boston, MA
Dennis   Boston, MA
Delayed response... but thanks Jim. BTW your Adirondacks guidebook is AMAZING. Thanks so much for putting together such a great resource. Jun 23, 2018

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