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Shared By: Chris Duca on Mar 9, 2009
Admins: Jim Lawyer

Description

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

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+
 85
Multiplication Gully
Ice 3 pitches
WI4-5
 34
Power Play
Ice 3 pitches
WI4
 66
Hot Shot
Ice
WI4
 54
Central Pillar of Pitchoff
Ice
WI3+
 89
Roaring Brook Falls
Ice 3 pitches
WI5-
 48
Positive Thinking
Ice 2 pitches
WI4
 91
Crystal Ice Tower
Ice
WI4-
 74
Lions on the Beach
Ice
WI3-4
 79
Positive Reinforcement
Ice
WI3-4
 53
Pitchoff Right
Trad, TR, Ice
WI4-5
 45
Pitchoff Quarry
Trad, TR, Ice
WI3
 148
Chouinard's Gully
Ice 2 pitches
WI4-
 53
Ice Slot
Ice
WI2+
 56
The Cascade
Ice 3 pitches
WI2 Easy Snow
 50
The Trap Dike
Ice, Snow 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Multiplication Gully B: Climbs near… > Wilmington Notch - Hi…
 85
WI3+ Ice 3 pitches
Power Play D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 34
WI4-5 Ice 3 pitches
Hot Shot D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond Canyon
 66
WI4 Ice
Central Pillar of Pitchoff D: Keene Valley… > N Face of Pitchoff
 54
WI4 Ice
Roaring Brook Falls D: Keene Valley… > Giant Mountain
 89
WI3+ Ice 3 pitches
Positive Thinking A: Northeast > Poke-O-Moonshine
 48
WI5- Ice 2 pitches
Crystal Ice Tower D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 91
WI4 Ice
Lions on the Beach D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond Canyon
 74
WI4- Ice
Positive Reinforcement D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond Canyon
 79
WI3-4 Ice
Pitchoff Right D: Keene Valley… > Cascade Pass
 53
WI3-4 Trad, TR, Ice
Pitchoff Quarry D: Keene Valley… > Cascade Pass
 45
WI4-5 Trad, TR, Ice
Chouinard's Gully D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond
 148
WI3 Ice 2 pitches
Ice Slot D: Keene Valley… > Chapel Pond Canyon
 53
WI4- Ice
The Cascade D: Keene Valley… > Cascade Pass
 56
WI2+ Ice 3 pitches
The Trap Dike E: Interior Hig… > Avalanche Lake/Pass
 50
WI2 Easy Snow Ice, Snow 2 pitches
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