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Rogers Slide Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 410'
Location: 43.7974, -73.46669 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Aitken on Jan 17, 2008  with updates from Andrew Charbonneau
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Rogers Rock is a 700' Slab that rises right out of Lake George. You don't need to go to Thailand, Summersville Lake or Arcadia to get on some cool routes rising out of the water... and unlike those other places - these are all 3 pitch climbs!

The climbs must be approached by boat, unless you want a miserable 4 hour bushwack to start your day, which adds a real sense of adventure to the day.

Climbs vary in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.9 (or harder?)

The face gets A LOT of sun in the summer time - wear some heavy SPF if you plan on workin' that back tan of yours.

Getting There 

Take 9N 3 miles past Hague to Roger's Rock State Campground. You'll need a boat to get to the base of the cliff, and there are options: you can drive a little farther north on 9 and rent a canoe for more money than it's worth, bring your own boat, or pay the local deck-hands to ferry you out to the base of your climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rogers Slide

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rogers Slide:
Little Finger   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 600'   
Bill Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   
Screaming Matrix   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 650'   
Little Finger Direct   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b X     Trad, 4 pitches, 700'   
The Matrix   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 660'   
Screaming Meaney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 515'   
Kings and Desperate Men   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Matrix Reloaded   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 650'   
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Featured Route For Rogers Slide
Rock Climbing Photo: Red = Redloaded, Yellow = Orig Matrix Finish

Matrix Reloaded 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Rogers Slide
This variation pitch adds an exciting all gear pitch to the top of the Matrix. We climb the first two pitches of Screaming Meaney, the third pitch of The Matrix, and then got out our gear for this alternate finish. From the third pitch anchors on the Matrix, head left along the overlap 15' (gear, G) to the crest and pull an easy move over the lip. Continue up and left around the right side of the large scary looking loose flakes to the black streak at the large overlap (gear, G). Pull a great ba...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

Photos of Rogers Slide Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Canoeing to Roger's Rock
BETA PHOTO: Canoeing to Roger's Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Roger's Rock with the cove and campground walls up...
Roger's Rock with the cove and campground walls up...
Rock Climbing Photo: the approach
the approach
Rock Climbing Photo: catching a rest on little finger-slabs are hard on...
catching a rest on little finger-slabs are hard on...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sarah Brown rappelling down the last pitch of the ...
Sarah Brown rappelling down the last pitch of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: All climbing days should end like this.
All climbing days should end like this.

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By Chris Duca
From: Havertown, PA
Jul 18, 2010
Hey Jay! This event sounds great. What weekend is this happening on?
By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Aug 3, 2012
I see some comments about wanting 2 ropes for the rap (little finger). anyone know how essential this is? I'm going to be travelling thru on a motorcycle and won't have space for a second rope.
By Gunkiemike
Aug 11, 2012
You can rap the trees with just one rope.
By Goots
May 5, 2013
Are these the only routes at Rogers Rock? I was exploring this area and found 2 cliff faces beside the "main cliff" which has the route Little Finger. This cliff was a little dirty and had some lose rocks on it. Was fun to explore.
By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Aug 6, 2013
New routes on Roger's Rock listed here:

I believe there are several more routes not listed on MP that are in the ADK Rock guide.
By Robert Hall
From: North Conway, NH
Mar 17, 2015
There are some nice routes on the slab to the left of the huge tree gulley. Access from the canoe landing spot by climbing nearly straight up, then left-ish. Be careful of some lose rock, and some might want a rope until you get to the base ledge.

Route descriptions are given in guidebook. When I spent a day here, we mostly just did the first pitch of each, and then rapped off; either off a bolt anchor (on one nice "straight up" 5.8 that seemed to have one 5.8+ or 5.8++ move), but with a bolt very nearby). You have to be creative with your raps, but it can be done, (bring disposable sling material). I can't remember if we used 2 ropes, but it's a good idea to have at least a pull-down rope as a 2nd rope.

By Lauren LittleRedClimbingHood
From: New York City, NY
Sep 5, 2016
Approach beta: As of 9/4/16, canoe/kayak rentals from Roger's Rock Campground are the cheapest around by far ($10 parking + $20 8-hour rental), but it was not 100% clear how to rent. We and another party had some confusion around the following:
-Rentals on the day we climbed started a little after 10AM; the other group had been quoted the 8AM opening time of the campground rather than the rentals when they thought they had been pretty clear. You cannot get a boat before official opening time.
-Boats frequently sell out (not only on Labor Day Weekend), and you must wait by the booth at the entrance to reserve a boat at opening time unless you can convince them to make an exception and reserve it early when you arrive. We got to the campground 45 minutes early, talked to someone at the booth, but then waited next to the boats, and by the time we realized our misinformation (as soon as a ranger came down to the waterfront), all the boats had been reserved. Another climbing party was generous enough to invite us to share, but we could have been out-of-luck despite arriving quite early.
-Advice: find out when the rentals open (I'm not sure if it's always 10AM), and get there a little early.

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