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This section is dedicated to all those demented fanatics that call whacking sharp, pointy things into frozen icicles a worthy endeavor.

Ice climbing in the Adirondacks is as solitary an experience as its rock climbing counterpart. The routes range in character from solitarty drip lines to chandaliered waterfall ice. From Poke-O's long, heady smearfests, to the fat plastic ice of Chapel Pond Gully, the Adirondacks house some of the East's finest ice escapes. If you come with an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a penchant for adverse conditions, you won't be disappointed.

The ice climbing descriptions have been organized into subareas to match the chapters in the local guidebook Blue Lines 2 as follows:

A: Northeast
B: Climbs near Lake Placid
C: Northwest
D: Keene Valley and Chapel Pond
E: Interior High Peaks
F: The Central Region
G: The Southern Region

(Yes, this is a little confusing in that the organization differs from that used to organize the rock climbing routes. This organization mimics that of the local ice climbing guidebook. Click here to see a google map showing the Blue Lines 2 climbing areas and how they are subdivided.)

Getting There Suggest change

The Dacks are big, REAL BIG, and can be accessed from various points in New England and from the flatlands below us.

If you are coming from the south, Interstate 87 (The New York Thruway) will deposit you in the Park.

Traveling from the east, there are several ways, all of which offer similar travel time, that get you there. The Charlotte, VT Ferry; The Burlington, VT Ferry; and the Grand Isle, VT Ferry all drop you off along the eastern side of the Adirondack Park, although in the middle of winter, the ferries typically do not run. You can always cross at Crown Point. Once across Lake Champlain, find your way to your specific areas. The Route 73 corridor through Chapel Pond and Cascade Pass is the most popular.

From the west, travelers can take Route 3, 28, or 8 depending on the destination you wish to visit.

At this point you should refer to the detailed descriptions for each area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Adirondack Ice & Mixed

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI3+
 112
Multiplication Gully
Ice 3 pitches
WI5-
 42
Power Play
Ice 3 pitches
WI3-4 M3
 57
Haggis and Cold Toast
Mixed, Ice
WI3+
 109
Roaring Brook Falls
Ice 3 pitches
WI5-
 61
Positive Thinking
Ice 2 pitches
WI4
 120
Crystal Ice Tower
Ice
WI3
 185
Chouinard's Gully
Ice 2 pitches
WI4-
 29
Neurosis
Ice 4 pitches
WI2 Easy Snow
 65
The Trap Dike
Ice, Snow 2 pitches
WI2 Easy Snow PG13
 21
North Face
Ice, Snow 2 pitches
WI4
 18
Avalanche Mountain Gully
Ice 2 pitches
WI4
 32
Sisters Right
Ice
WI5-
 27
The Waterfall
Trad, Ice
WI4+
 15
Unexpected Pleasure
Trad, Ice 2 pitches
WI5
 8
Power Play Direct
Trad, Ice 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Multiplication Gully B: Climbs near… > Wilmington Notch - Hi…
 112
WI3+ Ice 3 pitches
Power Play D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 42
WI5- Ice 3 pitches
Haggis and Cold Toast D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond Canyon
 57
WI3-4 M3 Mixed, Ice
Roaring Brook Falls D: Keene Valley… > Giant Mountain
 109
WI3+ Ice 3 pitches
Positive Thinking A: Northeast > Poke-O-Moonshine
 61
WI5- Ice 2 pitches
Crystal Ice Tower D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 120
WI4 Ice
Chouinard's Gully D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 185
WI3 Ice 2 pitches
Neurosis A: Northeast > Poke-O-Moonshine
 29
WI4- Ice 4 pitches
The Trap Dike E: Interior Hig… > Avalanche Lake/Pass
 65
WI2 Easy Snow Ice, Snow 2 pitches
North Face E: Interior Hig… > Gothics
 21
WI2 Easy Snow PG13 Ice, Snow 2 pitches
Avalanche Mountain Gully E: Interior Hig… > Avalanche Lake/Pass
 18
WI4 Ice 2 pitches
Sisters Right D: Keene Valley… > Cascade Pass
 32
WI4 Ice
The Waterfall A: Northeast > Poke-O-Moonshine
 27
WI5- Trad, Ice
Unexpected Pleasure D: Keene Valley… > Knob Lock
 15
WI4+ Trad, Ice 2 pitches
Power Play Direct D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 8
WI5 Trad, Ice 3 pitches
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