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Chapel Pond Slab

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BETA PHOTO: Descent from Chapel Pond Slab.

Description 

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.

Climbers can enjoy the views of the Washbowl climbing area, Giant Mountain, and several other picturesque peaks across Route 73, while climbing the slabs.

Expect runouts. Like most slab climbing, the key to becoming a champion slab master is a combination punch--maximize the surface area of your feet and maintain your momentum. Like Don Mellor admits in his soon to be replaced guidebook, "Admittedly, the moves aren't really that hard. Instead it is the whole picture of exposure and commitment that makes the climb so rewarding."

The best introduction to the Slabs is the Regular Route. It offers substantial protection, when needed, and it offers several variations and options to pass slower parties if you plan to climb it on a beautiful weekend day.


Getting There 

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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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chapel Pond Slab:
Bob's Knob Standard   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 6 pitches, 840'   
Empress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a X     Trad, 7 pitches, 865'   
Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   
Thanksgiving    5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 6 pitches, 550'   
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Looking down from the twin crack belay

Regular Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Chapel Pond Slab
As per "Climbing in the Adirondacks" by Don MellorP1: From the base of the major left-facing corner that begins Empress, rises a dike that leads up to a belay on low-angled rock. 5.0 150'P2: Climb up and slightly right to a ledge at the base of a huge right-facing, arching corner. 5.2 110'P3: Step out onto the face on the right and head for the low point in the wall above. Step through this dish and belay 30' higher at a fixed angle(1979). This can be backed up with camming devices. 5.3 130'P...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Walking on the trail towards the standard base area for climbs. Bob's Knob can be seen in the top right.
Walking on the trail towards the standard base are...
Kara on the Chapel Pond Slab.
Kara on the Chapel Pond Slab.
Chapel Pond Slab
BETA PHOTO: Chapel Pond Slab
Kara at the top of Empress.
Kara at the top of Empress.
Derek Nabozny and Eric Albers (barely) starting off or Regular Route
Derek Nabozny and Eric Albers (barely) starting of...
Chapel Pond view from atop of Bob's Knob.  Washbowl in the background to the right.
Chapel Pond view from atop of Bob's Knob. Washbow...
View from the bottom.
View from the bottom.
CP slab in the summer, 2012.
CP slab in the summer, 2012.
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By Rob Alexander
From: Alta
May 8, 2009

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