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Bear Den Rock Climbing 

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Location: 44.3647, -73.8645 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jim Lawyer on Nov 8, 2012
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This cliff is located on Whiteface above the Polar Soldier Wall. The bottom section is steep with some cracks and projects, and the upper section kicks back to a face and slab. Up the center is a right-arching chimney recently affected by rockfall.

Try out some of the other routes here, like the 3-pitch bolted route Bear Necessities or the stellar Berry Good.

Getting There 

Park at the Whiteface ski center, at the Kids Campus. There is a trailhead here for Bear Den. Follow the Upper Connector trail, then go left at the first intersection, right at the next, left at the next, then right at the next. Go 60 paces and find a cairn in the woods on the left (there's a hard-to-find sling around the base of a beech tree here). Follow the cairns to the Polar Soldier Wall. Walk right along the base of the wall, cross some severe blowdown then go uphill to the base of Bear Den. There are many cairns to follow. About 30-40 minutes if you don't get lost.

Climbing Season

For the Adirondacks area.

Weather station 10.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bear Den

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Den:
Bear Necessities   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Featured Route For Bear Den
Rock Climbing Photo: Following P2 of Bear Necessities.

Bear Necessities 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Bear Den
Great face climbing, similar to Freudian Slip (on Big Slide) but without the long approach.P1: Mantel a ledge, then go up a right-rising seam. At its top, go straight up to a fixed anchor. 5.9, 100'P2: Go straight up great holds to a narrow ledge with another fixed anchor. 5.10a, 100'P3: Step left from the anchor, the go straight up steep friction to where the angle eases. Runout up and left to an often-dirty crack; climb this (and the face to the right to avoid the dirt) to a sloped l...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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