Elevation: 1,861 ft
GPS: 44.145, -73.751 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Duca on Aug 1, 2007 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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
 95
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 123
Slim Pickins
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 108
On The Loose
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 115
Esthesia
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 115
TR
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 38
Dacker Cracker
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Eternity
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 76
Drop, Fly, or Die
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 56
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 30
Romano's Route
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 22
It's Only Entertainment
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 23
White Knight
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13
 5
Lycanthropia
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 12
Zabba
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood
 95
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Slim Pickins
 123
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
On The Loose
 108
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Esthesia
 115
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
TR
 115
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Dacker Cracker
 38
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Eternity
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Drop, Fly, or Die
 76
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Monkey See, Monkey Do
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Fear and Loathing in Keene…
 56
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Romano's Route
 30
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
It's Only Entertainment
 22
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
White Knight
 23
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Lycanthropia
 5
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b PG13 Trad
Zabba
 12
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad
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