According to legend, the Iroquois Indians referred to the Algonquins as "adirondacks", or "barkeaters" because they were forced to live off of bark and buds during the long, harsh winters. It was supposed to be a low-blow to the supposed crude, and not-so useful hunting methods of the Algonquins.
Just uphill from the town of Keene off route 73 is a road named "Alstead Hill Road". There is an obvious sign right before the turn, so you won't miss it. Take this road past the Barkeater Inn and Cross-Country Ski Center, and continue all the way to the end of the road (the road will turns to a maintained dirt about midway down it). Park at the end of the road in the Rock and River parking lot.
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Good Dough 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Yakapodu 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Big Bertha 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Fun City 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
ASPCA 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Bachelors and Bowery Bums 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Mr. Clean 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Eat Yourself a Pie 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Overdog 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 150'
Lick It Up 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Finger It Out 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Fun Country 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Trad, 130'
Rule of the Bone 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
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Rule of the Bone 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b NY : Adirondacks : ... : The Barkeater Cliff
A great climb that offers a little bit of everything with a really good direct variation that provides a sustained quality independent line to the roof.Original: Start as for Mr. Dirty and climb for 30' then traverse right at a crack below the roof to a small left-facing corner in the roof.Direct: Start on top of the obvious large boulder resting at the base of the cliff below a bolt. Work up to the bolt and the finger crack and follow the finger crack to its end and another bolt. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NY
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