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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.



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.



Leading up the second pitch of the Cascade



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



Looking over to cascade pass from the top of Pitchoff Right



Early season mixed action



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





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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