Views of Upper and Lower Washbowl, Creature Walls ...
Home to high concentration of climbs in the Adirondacks. The rock here is anorthosite - an unusual rock in that it's relatively rare, and is formed in ways that scientists don't fully understand. We call it "granite" - more to the point, exfoliating granite.
Take I-87 North to Exit 30 (way the heck up there); make a LEFT at the end of the exit ramp, and follow Rt 9 as it winds up a gradual hill. At a confusing intersection (known locally as malfunction junction), continue straight onto Route 73 and follow this northwest. About 2.5 further you will arrive at the pull off for Spanky's area. Shortly after comes the Chapel Pond Slabs (absolutely can't miss them towering over the road), and in a matter of seconds, you'll reach Chapel Pond itself. This is the heart of the Keene Valley Region.
Weather station 9.4 miles from here
129 Total Routes
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Tilman's Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NY
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This route climbs the prominent right angling arete as visible from Rt 73. The second pitch offers fun exposed arete climbing with a magnificent backdrop. There are many moderate variations to the first pitch that start in the corner to the left of the arete, and use the cracks to traverse over to the fixed anchor atop pitch 1.The pitches can easily be linked into 1 pitch.Pitch 1: Climb a crack to the arete and angle left to a 2 bolt anchor on a comfortable ledge. (5.3)Pitch2: Climb the obvious ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By bradley white
Jun 30, 2014
I climbed south of Lake Placid in mid 1980's. the cliff was sectional south or central and the north side uphill and shorter. its three pitches high and nothing moderate on it. Shim and I crossed a fast moving river of rocks for footing to get there and crossed river north of cliff. the route we attempted was central first pitch was barn door moves with difficult protection placements on hard sustained 5.10 and the only way up it trad to tree ledge. the second pitch was two choices corner crack on the right and face crack left. I did the corner crack another 5.10a or 5.9 to tree ledge. third pitch was crack and not done because night was coming. We went down to road direct and went through moss and tree topped giant boulder field to river. River here was a deep pool and swimming spot just below pullout where we parked our car. its not visible at the parking area. I looked at many areas here and can't find this ledge. we went to it because of it size and reasonable distance from road, probably route 87. Please tell me where we climbed.
By Jim Lawyer
Jul 2, 2014
Some aspects of your description match Moss Cliff. Actually, I can think of no other 3-pitch-high cliff with a river crossing.
By bradley white
Jul 5, 2014
thanks Jim. I look at moss cliff and its distinguishable.