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The Cascade 


Type:  Ice, 3 pitches, 1200', Grade II
Original: WI2+ [details]
FA: Unknown
Season: Winter
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Submitted By: Simon Thompson on May 4, 2011

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Direct mixed finish...haha. You can see the begin...


This is an easy but exceptionally fun climb. Follow the obvious flow up to a belay from a tree on the left. The second pitch involves 2 small and steeper ice steps. If there is a lot of water running underneath the ice this climb becomes a bit more difficult.


The route can be spied on the right after you pass the Cascade/Pitchoff hiking trailhead driving from Lake Placid toward Keene. Approach via the picnic area and follow the drainage uphill until the climb becomes visible. Snowshoes or skis usually essential to avoid miserable post-holing.

Descent: The guidebook recommends scrambling down climbers left through cedars, near to the climb Green Gully(3+). You can also go down and right. Either way, keep crampons on and have a tool handy because some spots can be tricky. Rappel with two ropes is also possible.



Photos of The Cascade Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Melissa Feldmann follows P1 of The Cascade(NEI 2).
Melissa Feldmann follows P1 of The Cascade(NEI 2).
Rock Climbing Photo: Start of p1, March 6 2016
Start of p1, March 6 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Some ice step again.  Lots of little ledges like t...
Some ice step again. Lots of little ledges like t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Scramblin' up an ice step.  Photo by Kevin Chlad
Scramblin' up an ice step. Photo by Kevin Chlad
Rock Climbing Photo: Some guide at the top of the ice step
Some guide at the top of the ice step
Rock Climbing Photo: The Cascade
BETA PHOTO: The Cascade

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By Brian Haugli
From: Shrewsbury, MA
Sep 1, 2011

After Irene, this will be much longer of a climb. Can't wait for this season!
By Morgan4785
Jan 2, 2012

The new slide above the Cascade waterfall has created a mega classic route to the summit in VERY LOW SNOW conditions. Above the waterfall, stay right instead of heading up left into the woods. After walking through a narrow section, aim up and left on ice bulges to gain the beautiful dike (a 8-10 foot wide slot that goes on for 125ft) that leads up to another WI2ish step. Following that step, there is a bit of hiking and then another 150 ft of low angle ice up top. Expect another 20-30 minutes of easy hiking through uncharacteristically open woods to the summit.
By Ben Brotelho
From: Albany, NY
Jan 19, 2012
rating: WI2+

Morgan: When did you do this climb? I am thinking of checking it out tomorrow afternoon while waiting for a partner to meet me in the 'Dacks. I did the climb before Irene, but I'm wondering if the hurricane made it slightly harder, or just more enjoyable?

By Robert Hall
May 23, 2016
rating: WI3

I soloed this post-Irene (Feb 2013 or 2014 ?) and found a quite difficult move at the very top exit of the first waterfall. Don't know how to rate it, since I hooked a root, but I think the final few feet of the first waterfall is considerably more difficult than it was pre-Irene. Of course, year-to-year, if not month-to-month, things change.

Above the waterfall, the climb is a nice cruse! However, it is wide open enough to develop avalanche conditions (esp. windslab), so "be aware" and maybe take the more conservative route (e.g. with some trees on the slope), especially on the snow.
By Kyle Harris
From: Nashville TN
Nov 10, 2016