Crane Mountain's ice, like its rock, is scattered along its southeast and southwest slopes, with a few thin lines along the summit cliffs as well. As such, many of the lines get a lot of sun, so they are in good condition for short periods of time. A few however, are dependable once they form.
Crane Mountain's ice season generally runs from New Year's Day to late February, but extended thaws can render the ice unclimbable for days at a time.
Make no mistake, with the exception of a few climbs (like the Waterfall Wall
) Crane is not a major ice climbing destination. But it is a welcome change from the queues and chaos of the popular Adirondack lines.
Take exit 23 off the NYS Northway (I-87 north of Albany). Left at exit ramp's end, right onto Route 9, thru Warrensburg, left on Rt. 28 north of town, left onto Rt. 8 in Wevertown, left onto South Johnsburg Rd. after 1.7 miles, right onto Garnet Lake Rd. in about 7 miles, and right onto Sky High (a.k.a. Ski Hi) Rd. and up to the top. In the winter, park at the end of Sky High Rd., do not block driveways.
Weather station 6.6 miles from here
32 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',1]
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WI3 M2 NY
: ... : Southeast Slopes
P1 M2 165': Climb the corner to its end on a broad ledge.P2 WI3 100': Climb the ice slab to a short headwall and through this into the woods.P1 begins up a narrow thread of ice deeply ensconced in the corner crack. After passing a narrow, steep spot, the going gets easier as the ice fattens and a chimney offers some refuge....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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