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The Adirondacks

Gunks quartzite, White Mountain granite and schist, and Connecticut traprock have tended to occupy the lion’s share of Northeast climbers’ interests, leaving New York’s beautiful and extensive Adirondacks cliffs relatively crowd-free. Take advantage of this opportunity for solitude and enjoy the many vertical acres of excellent rock without the infestation of noisy hordes of fellow craggers. Driving time: about 2.5 to 3 hours.

The most popular areas are Chapel Pond Pass, which contains several cliffs, including the 160-foot high and slightly overhanging, astonishingly excellent Spider's Web (tons of difficult crack climbing); and Pok-o-Moonshine, a famous cliff which rivals Cathedral Ledge in size and the amount of good climbing to be had. For a really unique outing, visit Roger's Rock: inaccessible from land, Roger’s Rock rises right out of the beautiful, clear waters of Lake George — you approach via canoe!

Reference: Climbing in the Adirondacks, Don Mellor, Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc., Lake George, New York, 1988.

Last Updated: 10/21/12