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Green Onion 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: 1977--Geoff Smith, Patrick Munn
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on Aug 29, 2009

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lucander on p. 1 of Green Onion (5.8) t Poke-O

  • Access is limited in the spring and summer due to peregrine falcon nesting; so there are some closures. Checking with the Adirondack Climbers Coalition or the NYDEC can provide the closure status.
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  • Description 

    (I haven't heard of anyone doing the second pitch, so I've just described the increasingly popular 1st pitch.)

    Start by either grappling with the awkward/slippery corner, or climb the face by bearhugging the arete and face holds. Gain the small, sloping ledge,make a few "heads up" moves to the left, accessing the right-facing corner, then take this, for about 70 feet, to the fixed anchor.

    Enroute, you'll encounter some fairly loose and hollow sounding flakes. Take some precaution here, as some of these may be more brittle than you think!


    About 50 to 60 feet right of the bottomless, right-facing corner of Scallion is a left-facing corner that turns into a short slab, then a right-facing corner. This is the route.


    A standard rack with a couple extra hand-sized pieces. A 70 meter rope juuuuuust makes it to the ground.

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    By Jon Clark
    From: Philadelphia, PA
    May 25, 2010
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    With rope stretch, you can get down with a 60 meter rope. Watch for the end of the rope though.
    By Derek Doucet
    Jun 9, 2010
    rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

    One of the nicest moderates on the cliff, but it seems to get little traffic. Looks poorly protected from below, but can be sewn up. The guidebook says the anchor atop P1 is left of the crack, which is incorrect. There is a good fixed anchor to the right of the crack. And to reiterate Jon's comment, a 60m JUST BARELY reaches.
    By lucander
    From: Stone Ridge, NY
    Jan 16, 2012
    rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13

    For pitch 2 (5.9): Head up and right from the anchor to a short left-facing corner in the roof. Climb this steep section (crux) and a nice crack, then weave your way up runout and perennially wet slabs to the Calamine Ledge. Climbing after pulling the exciting crux is pretty bad, be very comfortable on runout and spoogy rock.
    By Nick Weinberg
    From: Lyme, NH
    May 28, 2015

    Don't be turned away by the appearance of this pitch from the ground. In typical Poke-O fashion the climbing holds are clean despite a "dirty" appearance. In fact, do a few laps on it to clean it up some more. Very enjoyable climbing.

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