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[TR] Adirondacks - Various 12/20/2012

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Trip: Adirondacks - Various

 

Date: 12/20/2012

 

Trip Report:

Who knew New York had a vast amount of great ice to climb throughout the winter months. After spending about a year living in the Georgia (where alpine climbing is merely a dream) I was happy and excited to move up north where I could get back on some ice.

 

The Adirondacks are a special place, not because the mountains are big, covered in glaciers, nor are they written about very often. The daks are a very mellow place with a great community of climbers who treasure their own little secret climbing paradise. I moved up here in August and was lucky enough to get a couple long trad routes under my belt before winter settled in. The fall colors are sublime and totally got me psyched for ice.

 

I figured I would share some photos from a few of my trips in the daks this winter. What a great place to climb, learn, and "train for climbing!

 

Salmon River Falls - A lovely, relatively unknown amphitheater, for ice climbing. A lot of WI4-5 stuff here. Makes me realize how bad of an ice climber I really am.

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Pitchoff North - Great for early, mid, and late season ice. This particular shot is following Weeping Winds, a 3 pitch WI3+ with a great view.

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Leading up the second pitch of the Cascade

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The plus side of daks: Climbing through the occasional "tree" bands haha

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Looking over to cascade pass from the top of Pitchoff Right

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Early season mixed action

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Base of the cascade, ready to go up to learn that ice is usually steeper than it looks from the ground.

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Gear Notes:

Standard ice stuff, plenty of slings for trees.

 

Approach Notes:

Anything from roadside ice crags to 5-6 mile bushwacks.

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I knew! I went to college in Plattsburgh and Syracuse, and learned to ice climb at those venues you just posted about. Definitely a fun place!

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Daks are the bomb. I had plenty of solo trips out there in every season exploring the high peaks region. Solitude, great climbing, and hiking.

Thanks for sharing.

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I have been meaning to get up there all season, but I seem to keep heading up to NH. Thanks for the TR, nothing like a fun looking trip to inspire me to turn my car the other direction :brew:

 

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Glad ya'll enjoyed the pictures! Matt- shoot me a PM if you are in need of a belay out here in the Daks.

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