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Plotterkill Preserve (ice) Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: TheIceManCometh on Jan 11, 2014
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Cliffside by a fall at plotterskill.


One of the quickest places to find ice in the winter if you live in Albany. There are three falls. The upper falls is about 60' high and the other two are 40' each. The walk-in to the upper falls is 10 min or less.

Most set up top ropes at the top of the upper falls and then rap down to the base. There's also a trail that circles back around the falls if you don't want to rap or have a lot of gear to carry.

You'll generally need 100' of static line. Most tie into a tree on either side of the Plotter Kill and then adjust depending on the portion of the falls to be climbed.

To reach the other two falls, continue downstream on the trail. You'll reach the third falls first. From the base of the third falls, walk upstream and you'll backtrack to the 2nd set of falls.

Getting There 

It's on Mariaville Road in Rotterdam, NY.

From the tollbooths of Exit 25a on the NYS Thruway, take the first exit ramp on I-88 (exit 25) towards Route 7 / Rotterdam / Schenectady. Make a left on Becker Rd and then a left at the stop light onto NY-7 E/Duanesburg Rd. At the next light (about a mile), make left onto NY-337 N/Burdeck St. Go about 1/2 mile and make a left at the first light, NY-159 W/Mariaville Rd. Go about 3.7 miles and you'll see the Plotterkill Nature Preserve on the right. it's run by the County and is often plowed. There are only spaces for about fifteen cars, so please use the minimum of space.

Note: there are two entrances to the Preserve. Avoid the Coplon Rd entrance as that entrance is much further from the falls.

42° 49.512', -74° 3.104'

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Rock Climbing Photo: toprope set up for the left side of the UpperFalls

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one of the falls at plotterskill.
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