|Adirondack Ice Climbing
D. Albers climbs the upper pitch of Chouinard's Gu...
This section is dedicated to all those demented fanatics that call whacking sharp, pointy things into frozen icicles a worthy endeavor.
Ice climbing in the Adirondacks is as solitary an experience as its rock climbing counterpart. The routes range in character from solitarty drip lines to chandaliered waterfall ice. From Poke-O's long, heady smearfests, to the fat plastic ice of Chapel Pond Gully, the Adirondacks house some of the East's finest ice escapes. If you come with an open mind, a sense of adventure, and a penchant for adverse conditions, you won't be disappointed.
The Dacks are big, REAL BIG, and can be accessed from various points in New England and from the flatlands below us.
If you are coming from the south, Interstate 87 (The New York Thruway) will deposit you in the Park.
Traveling from the east, there are several ways, all of which offer similar travel time, that get you there. The Charlotte, VT Ferry, The Burlington, VT Ferry, and the Grand Isle, VT Ferry all drop you off along the eastern precipice of the Adirondacks, although in the middle of winter, the Ferries typically do NOT run. Once across Lake Champlain, find your way to Route 73, the central corridor through the Park proper.
From the west, travelers can take Route 3, 28, or 8 depending on the destination you wish to visit.
At this point you should refer to the detailed descriptions for each area, as many of the areas are sprinkled along, or right off Route 73, or off Route 9 or 9N located just to the north and east.
Browse More Classics in Adirondack Ice Climbing
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Adirondack Ice Climbing:
Featured Route For Adirondack Ice Climbing
: ... : Hayes Mountain
One of the best climbs of its grade in the park with varied terrain up an impressive wall; a real backcountry gem.P1 WI3: Climb the left-leaning chimney to a sloped ledge. Traverse left to a tree below a right-facing corner. On sunny days, be especially aware of falling ice from the face above...it funnels down this chimney. 200'P2 WI5: Go up the strenuous, vertical ice hose in the right-facing corner to its top. (There's rock gear available on both walls of the corner.) Enter a hidden...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
|Comments on Adirondack Ice Climbing
|By Jay Harrison|
Jan 9, 2010
A lot of Adk Ice climbing is anything but solitary, at least on weekends and holidays. Chouinard's Gully, despite having three variations to choose from, is generally queued up from about 9am until dark. Same with Roaring Brook Falls, Multiplication Gully, and most of the fast-access ice along Cascade Pass. A couple of these become hazardous as parties ascend and rappel around each other, mostly because ice chunks channel down the climbing path.
Of course, there is a lot of ice far enough off the beaten track to spend a lifetime whackin'. If the classics are crowded, take a look at some of the farther-flung flows. Just bring snowshoes for the approach!
|By Jim Lawyer|
Dec 8, 2011
Don Mellor (firstname.lastname@example.org) is collecting information for the next edition of Blue Lines. More info here.