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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
It's Only Entertainment T 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Jelly Arms T,TR 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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
On The Loose T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Peace In Our Climbs T 5.12+ 7c 28 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
Elevation: 1,861 ft
GPS: 44.145, -73.751 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Chris Duca on Aug 1, 2007 with updates
Admins: Jim Lawyer
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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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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
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
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
Chris Duca
Havertown, PA
Chris Duca   Havertown, 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
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 cold even on a hot summers day. Jul 4, 2012

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