Chapel Pond and Chapel Pond Canyon
Looking across Chapel Pond at the Gully Area.
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.
Be wary of this area on beautiful weekend days, as it is also THE most popular ice climbing venue in all of the Adirondacks.
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.
Weather station 9.7 miles from here
30 Total Routes
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Another spectacular route that doesn't form every year. It is the obvious ice pillar that breaks the sheer wall right of Power Play.P1 WI3: Go up an ice slab to a right-leaning chimney. Squeeze up this, then go up a slab, angling left at the top to some trees on the left, about 25' below and left of the base of the pillar. 120'P2 WI5: Go straight up the pillar to the top. The pillar usually touches the wall in two places, offering rests. Halfway up, there's a bail option on the right if the top ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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