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Kaaterskill Clove

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Kaaterskill Clove 


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Submitted By: Taino on Jan 22, 2007
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Description 

Kaaterskill Clove is the first area to which you get as you drive up Rte 23A. It has a wide range of routes, from WI2 to WI5 and multipitch ice as well. The biggest issue is parking. The main parking area for Asbestos Wall/the Ravine routes/Moore's Bridge is large enough for 8-10 cars if everyone is polite, but there are frequently more cars than available spaces; this parking lot can be reached by driving past Moore's Bridge and up the hill; the lot is on the left. Meeting up and carpooling is an excellent idea. The parking lot is generally plowed, but make sure to have a shovel, sand, or something if there's snow in the forecast. Other parking areas include:

For Moore's Bridge: there is a small parking lot approximately 1/2 mile BEFORE the bridge, on the left; however, it is only intermittently plowed - and then, only poorly. The small parking area that could at one time be found just below the bridge has been closed off with a guardrail to protect the new drains.

For Kaaterskill Falls: there is a large parking lot just above the hairpin turn/start of the Kaaterskill trail. Please park there if you're going to climb Trail's Left Flow, Kaaterskill Flow, or anything at the Falls itself.


Getting There 

Take I-87 North to Exit 20 (Saugerties). After the toll booth, make a left onto Rte 32N; stay on Rte 32N until you reach Rte 32A. Make a left, and follow 32A to Rte 23A (in Palenville). Make a left on Rte 23A, and head through Palenville into the Clove. It is along Rte 23A that you can start to find the ice.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Kaaterskill Clove:
Asbestos Wall   WI2-3     Trad, TR, Ice, 1 pitch, 40'   Asbestos Wall
Buttermilk Falls   WI3-4     Ice, 6 pitches, 800'   The Ravines
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Buttermilk Falls WI3-4  NY : Catskills (Ice) : ... : The Ravines
Buttermilk Falls is a prominent gully high on the left as you're heading up to Kaaterskill Clove from Palenville. Approach is well worth it for the 6 pitch NEI 3-4 climb. This climb has six fun pitches with about a one minute walk following each step. The steps are anywhere between 40 and 80 feet high. About half are WI3 and half WI4. The final pitch is a pillar that is by far the tallest, toughest and latest to come in.Standard approach is from the parking lot on the left side of the road as yo...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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Wide view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper.
Wide view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper.
15 year old Breanna Purnell on the first pitch of Kaaterskill Falls.
15 year old Breanna Purnell on the first pitch of ...
View from the alcove behind Kaaterskill Falls (got there a little late in the season).
View from the alcove behind Kaaterskill Falls (got...
General map of kaaterskill cove
BETA PHOTO: General map of kaaterskill cove
Another view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper. If you open the full size version of this picture you'll see that the upper falls still has a lot of water going through the middle section.
Another view of Kaaterskill Falls: lower & upper. ...
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