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Chapel Pond Pass  

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Submitted By: Taino on Jan 24, 2007  with updates from Dylan Randall
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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.4 miles from here

134 Total Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',50],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chapel Pond Pass:
Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 8 pitches, 700'   Chapel Pond Slab
Empress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X     Trad, 7 pitches, 865'   Chapel Pond Slab
North Country Club Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Jewels and Gems
Tilman's Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Tilman's Arete
Labatt-Ami   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Beer Walls
Quadrophenia AKA Bara Bara   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Hurricane Crag
Rockaholic   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Beer Walls
Frosted Mug   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Beer Walls
Partition   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Upper Washbowl Cliff
Slim Pickins   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Spider's Web
Esthesia   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Spider's Web
Blacksmith   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Beer Walls
On The Loose   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Spider's Web
Flying & Drinking and Drinking & Driving   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Beer Walls
TR   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Spider's Web
Drop, Fly, or Die   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Spider's Web
Fear and Loathing in Keene Valley   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Spider's Web
It's Only Entertainment   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Spider's Web
Romano's Route   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Spider's Web
Zabba   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Spider's Web
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Featured Route For Chapel Pond Pass
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Tilman's Arete 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Tilman's Arete
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

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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
From: Plymouth
Jul 5, 2014
thanks Jim. I look at moss cliff and its distinguishable.
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