* Adirondack Ice & Mixed Rock Climbing
Chapel Pond, a megacenter for climbing in New York...
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
B: Climbs near Lake Placid
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 favors the ice climbing guidebook one is likely to be using.)
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 precipice of the Adirondacks, although in the middle of winter, the Ferries typically do NOT run. Once across Lake Champlain, find your way to Route 73, the central corridor through the Park proper.
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, as many of the areas are sprinkled along, or right off Route 73, or off Route 9 or 9N located just to the north and east.
Weather station 8.3 miles from here
205 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',32],['3 Stars',79],['2 Stars',59],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in * Adirondack Ice & Mixed
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Avalanche Mountain Gully
WI4- New York
: ... : Avalanche Lake/Pass
Scramble up the lower gully for a few hundred feet...mostly steep snow with a WI3 step in the beginning. Beware of avalanche danger on the first sections. After that, belay on the right for a pitch up to a cramped belay cave (single file), clip 2 old pitons at the cave. The next pitch deals with a 70 degree ramp to a hanging curtain which can be dispatched in a number of ways....[more] Browse More Classics in New York
By Jay Harrison
Jan 9, 2010
A lot of Adk Ice climbing is anything but solitary, at least on weekends and holidays. Chouinard's Gully, despite having three variations to choose from, is generally queued up from about 9am until dark. Same with Roaring Brook Falls, Multiplication Gully, and most of the fast-access ice along Cascade Pass. A couple of these become hazardous as parties ascend and rappel around each other, mostly because ice chunks channel down the climbing path.
Of course, there is a lot of ice far enough off the beaten track to spend a lifetime whackin'. If the classics are crowded, take a look at some of the farther-flung flows. Just bring snowshoes for the approach!
Jan 18, 2017
Blue Lines 2 is out! In the intro Don says that this will be his last book, so I'm not sure who'll be collecting new route info from here on; Jim, maybe you?