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This cliff is located on Whiteface above the Polar Soldier Wall. The bottom section is steep with some cracks and projects, and the upper section kicks back to a face and slab. Up the center is a right-arching chimney recently affected by rockfall.
Park at the Whiteface ski center, at the Kids Campus. There is a trailhead here for Bear Den. Follow the Upper Connector trail, then go left at the first intersection, right at the next, left at the next, then right at the next. Go 60 paces and find a cairn in the woods on the left (there's a hard-to-find sling around the base of a beech tree here). Follow the cairns to the Polar Soldier Wall. Walk right along the base of the wall, cross some severe blowdown then go uphill to the base of Bear Den. There are many cairns to follow. About 30-40 minutes if you don't get lost.
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Fantastic crack and face climbing.Go up the crack, jog right and continue up the crack to where it fades (there's a good -- but hidden -- 3" crack here). Make an awkward move straight up and follow bolts to a fixed anchor.With a 60m rope you can lower to the ground....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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