Elevation: 1,948 ft
GPS: 43.536, -74.151 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kevin Heckeler on Aug 30, 2010 · Updates
Admins: Jim Lawyer

Description

Secluded. Shaded bottom half for most routes until early afternoon. Don't be surprised to see other climbers and hikers on the weekends. Overall it's a quiet place to climb. Very 'back-to-nature'.

Getting There

Park at the Cod Pond trailhead parking area along Route 8 (8.3 miles north of the Route 30 intersection, or 14.7 miles south of the Route 28 intersection in Wevertown). Head north 150 yards along Route 8 (over a small bridge). Where the guard rail ends there's a dirt road heading left and down towards the river with a camp site at the end. Cross the river (1-2 feet high during summer) and follow the obvious herd path, which meanders left, then right again, in order to get around a wet area.

Path reaches Shanty Slab in 10 minutes (on left). Continuing right another 5 minutes to reach Shanty Sports Arena (on right, some bolted routes). Continuing up the drainage along the cliff's base to the remainder of Main Cliff:

* Shanty Girl chimney with 3 moderate routes
* Shantytown and Gunky Route area with many roofs and orange colored rock
* Third class ramp
* Two 100 foot walls nearly facing each other (on right is Little Gem Diner, left is Hard Times)
* Main Face (Left End) low roofs (also called The Raven's Nest)
* Long, low roof 6 feet high with a short slab section just above

Past this last wall the trail continues up and then right. You can walk off nearly all the climbs here. Which exit/ramp you choose will depend on where you are on the cliff. At the top of the dike walkoff climber's left. Middle and lower sections use the third class ramp right of Little Gem Diner area. Can also rappel most routes.

Quality Climbing!

Shanty offers top roping, trad, and sport climbing from easy 5.2 up to 5.11 . Rock is good quality and routes are generally easy to follow. Routes are mostly trad, a few mixed (trad and bolts), and some sport. Bolting is done only where no protection is available in tradiitonal Adirondack ethic.

Although most of the routes are cleaned, spring runoff can bring dirt down into the climb, so it's wise to bring a small brush and maybe carry it with you (especially if leading). This is probably a good idea for any backcountry crag.

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