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Submitted By: Benjaminadk on Aug 10, 2012  with updates from Ryan and Jesse Morse-Brady






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Lake George from the route Breaking Bad


Shelving Rock is a destination cliff on the east side of Lake George. Shelving has seen a ton of development in the last few years and is not included in the paper edition of Adirondack Rock. However, ADK rock has kept up on their website.


The approach is short 5-20min depending on which wall you go to. The views of Lake George are first class. There are over 75 routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.12+. Many of the climbs are modern trad (gear and bolts). There are also many straight up sport climbs. Some walls get direct sun and some are shady giving the climber options depending on weather conditions.

This cliff is awesome if you are climbing anywhere near Lake George it is well worth it.

Note: Helmets are recomended for climber and belayer. Lots of choss was cleaned during development but occasionally more loose rock is encountered.

Getting There 

From exit 20 of the Northway (I-87) head north on Route 9 for a couple minutes, then take a right onto Route 149. Follow Route 149 into Washington County and turn LEFT onto Buttermilk Falls Road. Follow this straight out until it becomes dirt. Continue until the Upper Hogtown Parking Area (Sleeping Beauty) is directly ahead. Turn left and go downhill on a dirt and paved road for a couple miles. Look for the Shelving Rock hiking trailhead on your right. Continue past this to the next large parking lot on the left. The parking lot is U-shaped, and will have a small sign with the number four. Look for a path across the road (right hand side) and slightly north of the parking area. The parking lot is just under 14 miles from 149. Total drive time from the highway is about 40 minutes, depending on how gentle you are to car on the dirt sections.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

37 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shelving Rock:
Devo   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Neanderthal Cave
Breaking Bad   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 70'   Neanderthal Cave
The Gong Show   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
Snake Charmer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 100'   Main Wall
Rock Lobster   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Main Wall
Caribou Barbie   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 90'   Politico Wall
Hackett Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 100'   Main Wall
Three Degrees Of Separation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 100'   Carhartt Wall
Diva   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 95'   Neanderthal Cave
Monty Python   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Main Wall
The Cenotaph   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   Carhartt Wall
Wake and Bake   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   Main Wall
Johnny Tsunami   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 90'   The Big Wall
Die By The Drop   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 90'   The Big Wall
Rusty Lumberjack   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 100'   Main Wall
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Featured Route For Shelving Rock
Making the move to gain the sloping ledge.

Three Degrees Of Separation 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  NY : Adirondacks : ... : Carhartt Wall
This route is classic in my opinion. Sustained and varied climbing with exposure and solid rock. I'm not sure if the climb's name refers to this, but there are certainly three distinct portions of this route. Part one - climb a steep face on nice holds clipping a few bolts as you go. A cruxy mantle move gains a sloping ledge below a crack in a left facing corner. Part two - climb the short, but steep corner (gear here) to a hands free stance on the right edge of the face. Enjoy the views o...[more]   Browse More Classics in NY

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By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
May 30, 2013
There A LOT of climbing here and much of it is listed on the Adirondack Rock goodies page fwiw...


Don't know if I'd give it 4 stars when compared to other 4 star ADK areas, but it's certainly a quality climbing area with some (rare) all sport routes.
By Gunkiemike
Aug 25, 2013
CORRECTION - the turn onto Buttermilk Rd is a LEFT (i.e. north) turn off Rt 149.
By Benjaminadk
From: Lake George, NY
May 15, 2014
Thanks Mike.
By JVB Project
Aug 18, 2014
Make sure that you drive past the official ADK shelving rock sign. Not the little ones for the falls or hikes.
By Dan L.
From: Saratoga Springs, New York
Sep 14, 2014

I lost a Metolius Master cam (size 5, the black one) doing a demo of how cams work. Its right near the base of Devo and Deva. If you can get it unwedged, my phone number is 203-727-8205.

Have a fun and safe climb.


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