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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.
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.
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Waterfall Wall WI3 NY : Adirondacks : ... : Southeast Slopes
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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