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Routes in North Face of Pitchoff

Type: Ice, 350 ft, 3 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Dharma Bum on Aug 25, 2008
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Description

One of the longest moderate routes in the Adirondacks. The ice is thin and low angled for the first pitch to reach a tree belay on the left side. Above here the ice steepens a bit to reach the trees. The climb can be extended for another pitch by traversing right, or walking through the trees to reach another headwall on the left. The rap down from the left is tricky since the terrain is wide with no trees. Either make a short rap to a lone tree below the third pitch from which double ropes should get you down or be prepared to go way left to reach the trees before reaching the end of your rope.

Location

Traverse left from the large tree at the base of Tendonitis along a sometimes steep and icy slope to the huge base of the Weeping Winds slide

Protection

Double ropes are highly advisable for the rap.

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Simon Thompson
New Paltz, NY
  WI3+
Simon Thompson   New Paltz, NY
  WI3+
As stated above, save yourself some hassle and bring double ropes. Be pro-active when rappelling as to ensure that your ropes don't get stuck, especially during the rappel from the top of pitch 2. There are many options down low and many up high. Climbing pitch 2 when a party is on pitch 3 would be unwise. Jan 12, 2012