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Submitted By: Jay Harrison on Dec 10, 2009
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The entire side of Crane Mountain from the trailhead westward. Some of these routes lie directly above the main hiking trail, so access is easy for them, but please avoid dumping debris (or yourself!) on passersby.
Many of the routes here receive a lot of afternoon sun, so they must be climbed in the morning hours. Most of the routes here are more alpine outings than "pure" ice climbing ventures. A few extremely challenging lines await an ascent.
To date, I've never seen any other parties on any of these routes at any time when I was on them. Only once have I met another party, other than my own, ice climbing.

Getting There 

Generally, one must park on Sky High Road during the winter. Don't block driveways.
Access to the individual routes varies from here.

Climbing Season

For the * Adirondack Ice & Mixed area.

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bruce Monroe climbing the left side of the first p...

Outlet Falls WI2-3  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Southwest Slopes
This climb follows the outlet of Crane Mountain Pond. The bottom pitch is the best of the bunch, and makes an excellent day on its own, however, one can ascend all the way to the pond, encountering a few more interesting sections of ice, separated by snow-slogs, along the way.The bottom pitch is a large flow that splits in two. The left side is steep solid WI3 to 3+/4- depending on conditions; the right side is good WI2 and leads directly up the longest stretch of ice above.The higher ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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