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Wildcat Ravine 


Type:  Ice, 5 pitches
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Submitted By: Gunkiemike on Mar 27, 2015

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BETA PHOTO: First pitch. The narrow top of this is often quit...


Wildcat gets a fraction of the traffic of its busy neighbor (Buttermilk). The often-untracked approach and the longer slogs between pitches seem to put most folks off. Still, its striking top pitch is the tallest ice pitch of all the ravines. It is often climbed as an add-on by folks after topping out Buttermilk. Nearby is the grade 5+ Wildman, a candidate for the ravines' most challenging ice pitch. There are also a few mixed routes in the ravine ranging from M4 to M8.


Wildcat lies between Hillyer/Viola and Buttermilk. It can be approached directly (guidebook directions are excellent) or one can follow the tote road towards Hillyer until the first junction at the only "plateau" on the approach; bearing R here will lead quickly to Hillyer creek. Cross this and contour right (west) 10 minutes through open woods to reach Wildcat creek. Approaching this way eliminates the stressful crossing of the Kaaterskill Creek.


Typical ravine rack. Just a few screws for the lower pitches, then quite a few more for the 100' top pitch. If you're visiting from Buttermilk, you'll probably just rap the top pitch off your own sling anchor. If you're descending the ravine, there is a rappel anchor on a tree 200 ft to climbers' right, atop the excellent moderate route "Pounce" (see guidebook).

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Rock Climbing Photo: The top pitch in glorious fatness.  Top of "W...
The top pitch in glorious fatness. Top of "W...

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