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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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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