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Stewarts Ledge

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Barking Spider T 
Crackatoa T,TR 
Dog Pounder S 
Entertainer, The S 
Frankenpine T 
Lithium S 
Nevermore T,TR 
Revolver T,S 
Valium S 

Stewarts Ledge Rock Climbing 

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Location: 43.50607, -73.62633 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jaysen Henderson on Jul 21, 2011


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Great cliff with a short hike in, this is the place to go to jump on a few routes after work if time is tight. Rock quality is good where the routes are, but on either side the cliff fades out into choss.

Getting There 

From the intersection of NY 149 and Ridge Road take Ridge north until you hit the lake and bear right on pilot knob road. Take Pilot knob until you hit the trail head/parking lot w/ a sign on the right. From the trail head hike in about 1 min to a right turn that will take you to the base of a long hill. Turn left up the hill and follow the trail to a carin where you will see the trail up to along with the actual cliff.(5 mins)

Climbing Season

For the F: Lake George Region area.

Weather station 7.4 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Stewarts Ledge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stewarts Ledge:
Barking Spider   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Entertainer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Crackatoa   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Lithium   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Dog Pounder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Stewarts Ledge
Rock Climbing Photo: Valerie Bachinsky following on Barking Spider.

Barking Spider 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Stewarts Ledge
Take the left of two cracks to the top. Bolted anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
May 15, 2012
The trailhead you want is for Buck Mountain, it's actually the second trailhead you come to on the road. Some make the mistake of taking the Pilot Knob trailhead which will obviously not get you here.

Third/fourth class ramp on the left side of the main face leads to the top versus walking all the way around on the trail climber's right.
By Carl H.
Jul 8, 2012
This West-facing cliff is well protected by trees, so climbing will mostly be in the shade. However, due to the trees, it also takes a while for the rock to dry out after rain or damp, humid conditions.
By Ben Brotelho
From: Albany, NY
Aug 18, 2012
Just checked this out for the first time today...and I thought all of the bolt-anchors were a little awkward to get to for setting up top-ropes. The 3rd class depression just left of Barking Spider was easy enough to cruise up, but to get to the anchor for that route, or Crackatoa's anchor required a little sqirrely scrambling at the top of the cliff that was not very fun. Same thing with the Entertainer's bolted anchor.

According to the Lawyer/Haas book "access to the top of both cliffs is straightforward for toproping." Was I missing something?

Also, I thought Crackatoa was pretty sweet!
By JHaas
Aug 19, 2012
Hi Ben. Great to hear that you enjoyed the routes at Stewart's Ledge.
In the appendix of our book, Jim and I say that toprope areas have easy access to the top and you should plan on using long cord or protection to build anchors. You found the easy access. Some folks build their own anchors, from trees, using static rope. If you don't have a static rope, then the best way to get to the anchors is to set a temporary rap anchor on a tree and rappel down to the fixed anchors at the top of a route. Many of the Lake George cliffs are set up in a similar fashion, i.e. The Brain, Newbuck and Potash.

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