Heading up the first pitch.
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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Don't let the rating fool you, this is mostly WI2, the only difficult spot being the very last pitch, which is avoidable and easily TR'd.P1 WI2 120': Climb the ice slab through the bulge on its left to a tree ledge.V1 WI3: when "in" the steep, short curtain in the rock bulge right of the regular line is exciting.V2 WI 2-: climb the ice to the right of the rock bulge. This is lower-angle and easier than the standard route.One can rappel with a 60m rope, from an oak tree 25' climber's left ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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