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Alpine Dreams  
Artificial Gravity T 
Big Brother 
Chapel Pond Slabs 
Chouinard's Gully  
Chouinard's Right T 
Crystal Ice Tower 
Dogleg Right T 
Emerald Slabs T 
H14 T 
Lames Ice Hose 
Napolean TR 
Parallel Gully 
Patey's Gully T 
Power Play 
Pussyfootin' With Lilith 
Seldom Scene 
Shaken Not Stirred 
Sockman T 
Tahawas T 
White Line Fever 
Youthful Indescretions T 

Chapel Pond Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,796'
Location: 44.14234, -73.75522 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Power Play to Pussy Foot


Chapel Pond is one of the premier ice arenas in the Adirondacks, offering a stone's-throw approach, accessible routes of all difficulty levels, and pleasant climbing conditions...usually. The pond area is directly across from the main parking lot on Rt. 73, while Chapel Pond Canyon is lookers right from the parking lot, and semi hidden down--you guessed it--a canyon. The main face of Chapel Pond is NE facing, so it is sunny in the morning, then falls into the shade for most of the day.

Be wary of this area on beautiful weekend days, as it is also THE most popular ice climbing venue in all of the Adirondacks.

Getting There 

From the Northway (I-87). Take exit 30 and follow Rt. 9 northwest to NY 73. Follow this northwest straight into Keene Valley. Chapel Pond will become visible on the left after about 5 miles. The parking lot is directly in front of the Pond, though when full, parking on either side of 73 is acceptable.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.7 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Chapel Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Chapel Pond:
Chouinard's Gully    WI3     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Lilith   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Chouinard's Right   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Parallel Gully   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 65'   
Seldom Scene   WI3     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Patey's Gully   WI3-4     Trad, Ice, 2 pitches, 250'   
Rhiannon   WI4+     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
Laceration   WI5-     Ice, 70'   
Pussyfootin' With Lilith   WI3 M4+     Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 180'   
Crystal Ice Tower   WI4     Ice   
Chapel Pond Slabs   WI2+     Ice, 4 pitches   
Big Brother   WI5     Ice, 2 pitches, 180'   
Dogleg Right   WI3+     Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'   
Spike   WI4+ M4     Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 140'   
White Line Fever   WI3+     Ice, 2 pitches, 350'   
Power Play   WI4+     Ice, 3 pitches, 220'   
Tahawas   WI3     Trad, Ice, 3 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For Chapel Pond
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Brother (taken late December, 2012).

Big Brother WI5  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond
Another spectacular route that doesn't form every year. It is the obvious ice pillar that breaks the sheer wall right of Power Play.P1 WI3: Go up an ice slab to a right-leaning chimney. Squeeze up this, then go up a slab, angling left at the top to some trees on the left, about 25' below and left of the base of the pillar. 120'P2 WI5: Go straight up the pillar to the top. The pillar usually touches the wall in two places, offering rests. Halfway up, there's a bail option on the right if the top ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

Photos of Chapel Pond Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dog Leg to Chouinard's Right
BETA PHOTO: Dog Leg to Chouinard's Right
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the area from Giant
BETA PHOTO: View of the area from Giant
Rock Climbing Photo: Suzy Williams climbing up the middle section.   Ov...
Suzy Williams climbing up the middle section. Ov...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chapel pond on 2013-11-30
BETA PHOTO: Chapel pond on 2013-11-30
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking across Chapel Pond at the Gully Area.
Looking across Chapel Pond at the Gully Area.

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