Type: Trad, 500 ft, 6 pitches
FA: John Turner, Dick Strachan, and Dick Wilmott 1959
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Shared By: Chris Duca on Dec 16, 2007
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Access Issue: Peregrine closures and approach trail issues Details


Paralyzing positioning, sustained climbing, and impeccable rock make this route one of Poke-O's finest vertical jaunts.

As you climb, remind yourself that for 15 years, this route stood as the hardest climb in the Adirondacks.

Pitch 1:
Begin roughly 100 feet to the right and uphill from Gamesmanship, and roughly 100 feet to the left of The Fastest Gun. Spot the curving dihedral high on the route (the 2nd pitch), this is what you are aiming for.

Climb the broken corner and hand cracks to the left of the corner to a nice belay ledge below the massive, curving dihedral.(Note: You need to build an anchor here). (5.6 / 40 feet)

Pitch 2:
The gem of the route. Climb off the belay ledge and into the dihedral. Continue up the sustained corner until you reach a welcomed rest mid-pitch. Aim for the small, left-facing corner. Gain this and climb it with similar difficulty to a semi-hanging belay at chains. (5.9+ / 110 feet)


Pitch 3:
If you want to continue...climb the tight dihedral until easier rock is reached. Belay here at another small ledge. (5.8 / 80 feet)

Pitches 4, 5, and 6
Scramble over some loose, dirty rock to gain the upper pitches of Gamesmanship (5.7 PG/R), or continue out right to meet up with The Fastest Gun (5.10).

If you plan to go to the top of the cliff. Use the same rap station as Gamesmanship or The Fastest Gun. Both require two 60 meter ropes for rappelling.


The route is located 100 feet to the right and uphill from Gamesmanship, and roughly 100 feet to the left of The Fastest Gun. Spot the curving dihedral high on the route (the 2nd pitch), this is what you are aiming for.


A nice size rack with doubles in the #.75 to #3 Camalot size. An additional #3.5 or #4 is welcomed, too. Double ropes, or a tag line, many long slings, and as with all routes on Poke-O, a good assortment of stoppers and RPs is always nice to have in the quiver of protection.
I have trad climbed probably 500-1000 pitches of 5.8-5.10 in different states. The 5.9+ pitch of Bloody mary is my #1 in terms of "aestheticity". Do it! The third pitch is ok. Aug 6, 2009
Derek Doucet  
With a 70m rope, one can rap from the top of P2 back to the belay ledge atop P1. From there, look to the climbers' left end of the ledge and you'll find another anchor, reachable with some brief, though exposed, scrambling. This allows one to climb and descend P 1 and 2 with a single 70m rope.

P2 is very good. The pitches above are definitely not. Aug 3, 2010
Jeffrey Gagliano
Pennsburg, PA
Jeffrey Gagliano   Pennsburg, PA
While I haven't climbed a 1000 or so routes in this range, I have been on many a route all over the US at this grade. IMO, P2 of BM will rank in your top 3, if not the first spot in most awesome 5.9 pitches evah. The climbing is ridiculous for the grade. Not for the difficulty (it's not over rated), but for the shear "What the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot am I DOING HERE?" factor.
Note: This does not apply to followers of the pitch.

BTW: P1 would be a fright-fest for the 5.6 leader. Jul 18, 2011
Greg Kuchyt
Richmond, VT
Greg Kuchyt   Richmond, VT
To refine the gear recommendations...linking P1 and P2 I found stoppers plus a single rack from micro cams to a #3 with doubles in .5-2 allowed me to sew the climb up (lots of slings/draws obviously). A single three worked fine, much to my amusement as I brought two 3s and a 3.5 and had some extra weight at the P2 belay. If you belay at the P1 ledge, an extra 3 and a 3.5 or so would be helpful. Jun 12, 2012
Daniel Israel
Montreal, Quebec
Daniel Israel   Montreal, Quebec
I had to place a lot of gear and go back down to reclaim some gear. Very nice climb, I can see why people like it so much, but for me it was definitely overwhelming. Oct 21, 2013
Dan Flynn
Dan Flynn   MA  
Linked 1+2 with double ropes, minimal gear on 1, made it into a soul journey of stemming and layback for 50 m. This is a beauty. Aug 23, 2017
I used a good portion of my bag of tricks on this one. Laybacking, jamming, stemming, face climbing, and even a bit of chimneying. Jul 7, 2018
Eric Bluemn
Worcester, MA
Eric Bluemn   Worcester, MA  
The belayer-slayer block at the top of the corner is now no more. There are several other blocks that remain and intrepid climbers should be skeptical of pulling on them as many seem portable.

On that note, what an amazing pitch! Sep 8, 2018