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Elevation: 1,861 ft
GPS: 44.1454, -73.75082
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Shared By: Chris Duca on Aug 1, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Morgan Patterson, Kevin MudRat MacKenzie, Jim Lawyer

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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 Suggest change

Head north along Route 73 from the Northway (I-87) toward Keene Valley. You'll pass Chapel Pond on the left after about 10 minutes of driving. Pass through a road-cut notch, then turn left onto a rough dirt road that leads to Chapel Pond Outlet and several designated camp campsites. Squeeze in here and leave room for others if you can. Alternatively you’ll have to park at one of the other legal pull offs along Route 73 and (unfortunately) walk the road.

Cross Route 73 from the dirt road and locate the "Grimpers" sign and trailhead register. Follow a path through the woods, down an open slope into a gully, then up into the open talus. From here there is no designated trail. Simply aim up and left to the right side of the cliff, which is clearly visible, cut too far left and it gets bushwhacky, stay too far right or go to high and you’ll encounter poison ivy.

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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
 120
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 161
Slim Pickins
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 148
On The Loose
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 146
Esthesia
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 145
TR
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 52
Dacker Cracker
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 108
Drop, Fly, or Die
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 87
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 40
Romano's Route
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 32
It's Only Entertainment
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 33
White Knight
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Captain Hooks
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 5
Lycanthropia
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 15
Zabba
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
 120
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slim Pickins
 161
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
On The Loose
 148
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Esthesia
 146
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
TR
 145
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Dacker Cracker
 52
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Drop, Fly, or Die
 108
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Fear and Loathing in Keene…
 87
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Monkey See, Monkey Do
 16
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Romano's Route
 40
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
It's Only Entertainment
 32
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
White Knight
 33
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Captain Hooks
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Lycanthropia
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Zabba
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad
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