Moore's Bridge Rock Climbing
Dragging a rope up one of the pillars on the steep...
A generally very busy area, as 1) it's right along the road, and 2) it has routes varying from WI2 to WI4+ in difficulty, including some that are over 100' long. Most of the routes range from WI3-4, with many different lines. Access to the top of the routes is simple, albeit strenuous - walk down the road to the end of the rock band, and hike up the steep slope to the top (there used to be a parking space here, but it has since been barred by extending the guardrail - look for two large drains just past the rock wall, to mark the spot); walk back along the top of the cliff, drop a rope. Bring plenty of static line/webbing for anchors; there is no place to put in gear, nor any bolted anchors.
Be aware that, since this is on the main road back from Hunter, you will be honked at and shouted at by passers-by trying to get your attention. Also, the area has earned the nickname "Brake Pad Bridge" from the smell of burning brake pads from cars streaming down from Hunter Mountain. In spite of these shortcomings, it's an excellent place to climb - easy access, wide range of routes, several thoughtful lines; it's just not very private.
Take I-87 to Exit 20 (Saugerties). From the toll booth, make a left onto Rte 32N. Follow Rte 32N until it intersects with Rte 32A (6 miles). Merge onto Rte 32A and follow that until you reach Rte 23A. Make a left onto 23A; follow until you reach a bridge with obvious ice flow on the left. Continue along the road for about 1 mile to a parking area on the left (enough for a good amount of cars) and carefully walk back along the road to the climbing area.
Climbing Season For the Kaaterskill Clove area.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
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This is the portion of the wall starting at the prominent right-facing corner and extending to the west end of the face. Actually the cliff continues another 100 ft or so around the corner from here. There are a couple run-off fed lines that form there in the late winter, grade 3ish, but most folks never think to come look at them. Anyway, the big RF corner is a fine line with a well-defined crux. To the right form 3 or sometimes 4 full-length pillars. The rightmost forms over a small overh...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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Jan 31, 2011
Note - many of the lines at Moores require a 70m rope to TR or rap.