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Elevation: 4,736'
Lat, Long: 44.1258, -73.8586 Map Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: North Face of Gothics from Big Slide.


Gothics is a beautiful multi-faced mountain in the Great Range sitting between Armstrong and Saddleback. It is a great hike in and of itself and the cabled hiking trail up the exposed east ridge gives hikers an exciting "climb."

From the summit the rock in the area is clearly bountiful. Big Slide is visible across the valley with its bolted slab climbs. Basin and Pyramid (a side summit of Gothics) have climbing potential.

Gothics itself has climbing on at least 3 faces. The north face is the largest at nearly 1000 feet. The South Face, and the Southeast Face.

The North Face is no longer the clean slab shown in Mellors' guide. Though good adventure is still to be had.

The South face has some longer bolted lines.

With a long approach, runout slab, mandatory bushwacking, and route-finding problems, Gothics typifies the great adventure climbing in the dacks. Not for everyone, but for those willing to consider the climb as more than just the moves up the rock this is great place to explore.

Getting There 

Gothics lies deep within the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. It can be approached from several directions depending on which face is to be climbed. For North Face climbs approach via Johns Brooks Lodge Trail to the Obed. Make a left and go up the drainage to the base of the huge slab. Hike off down the east ridge.

For South Face routes approach either over the saddle between Basin and Gothics, or from the trail that comes up from the Ausable lakes.

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The south face of Gothics from the summit of Pyramid.

South Face Crack 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Gothics
The South Face Crack is an easy, adventurous route in a spectacular backcountry setting. The route is straight forward to follow and would be a great introduction for those wishing to break away from the crag scene. While this line may not be the cleanest (some loose rock and intermittent grassy areas) it is still a worthwhile excursion that will reward you with breathtaking views from the summit.The crack is pretty easy to find, just keep walking left across the slabs until you reach a foot siz...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may have been just after the original slides.
BETA PHOTO: The North Face is no longer the clean slab it may ...
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