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Chapel Pond is one of the premier ice arenas in the Adirondacks, offering a stone's-throw approach, accessible routes of all difficulty levels, and pleasant climbing conditions...usually. The pond area is directly across from the main parking lot on Rt. 73, while Chapel Pond Canyon is lookers right from the parking lot, and semi hidden down--you guessed it--a canyon. The main face of Chapel Pond is NE facing, so it is sunny in the morning, then falls into the shade as the day progresses.
From the Northway (I-87). Take exit 30 and follow Rt. 9 northwest to NY 73. Follow this northwest straight into Keene Valley. Chapel Pond will become visible on the left after about 5 miles. The parking lot is directly in front of the Pond, though when full, parking on either side of 73 is acceptable.
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Chapel Pond Slabs WI2+ Ice, 4 pitches
Ice Slot WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Dogleg Right WI3+ Trad, Ice, 1 pitch, 200'
Quinn the Eskimo WI2-3 Ice, 1 pitch, 110'
Whales in the Jungle WI3 Ice, 1 pitch, 80'
Rule of the Bone WI3+ Ice, 60'
White Line Fever WI2-3 Ice, 2 pitches, 350'
Hot Shot WI4 Ice, 1 pitch, 60'
Positive Reinforcement WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 100'
Power Play WI4+ Ice, 3 pitches, 220'
Crystal Ice Tower WI4 Ice
Lions on the Beach WI4- Ice, 1 pitch, 80'
Haggis and Cold Toast WI3+ Ice, 1 pitch, 180'
Chouinard's Gully WI3 Ice, 2 pitches, 300'
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Power Play WI4+ NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond...
In my opinion (and most everyone who is a local Adirondacker will agree), this is one of the best and most classic ice climbs in the Dacks. Most parties begin in the tight chimney, the rightmost of the three good ramp options. One long pitch (or two if belaying at the obvious ledge) continues either straight up the fearsome middle tier (5 or 5+), or up the obvious ramp right to a much briefer steep section leading to the pillar belay. Set the belay at the base of the final pillar where there is ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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