Chapel Pond Slab is considered one of the highlights of Adirondack climbing. Not because the climbing is difficult nor for the cleans cracks. In fact, Chapel Pond Slab is very moderate and it offers clean, crack-free slab climbing for some 700 feet.
Heading north from interstate 87 on Route 73, the Slabs will be on the west (left) side of the road. One can either park at the main lot for Chapel Pond, or on the left side of the road where the shoulder widens. There is a climbers path that leaves the road and quickly gets you to the base of the slabs.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chapel Pond Slab:
Bob's Knob Standard 5.3 Trad, 6 pitches, 840 feet
Empress 5.5 X Trad, 7 pitches, 865 feet
Regular Route 5.5 PG13 Trad, 8 pitches, 700 feet, Grade II
Thanksgiving 5.7 R Trad, 6 pitches, 550 feet
Featured Route For Chapel Pond Slab
Empress 5.5 X NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond Slab
Climbs the slab with fantastic friction to a birch terrace on the left side. The route starts on the left facing corner to some belay cracks up above it. You can skip pitches 2 and 3 by taking a run-out direct line to the third belay. The last pitch before that ledge, the 3rd or 4th depending, is the crux pitch. The steepest slab on the route with no protection. Make sure not to be lulled to the protection right where the grade is suddenly steeper and slicker (Victoria 5.6+ R).From here, climb t...[more] Browse More Classics in NY