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As you look up across NY 73 from Chapel Pond, this is the large solid bare impressive looking face that rises above the trees and talus.

At 350ft (115m) tall, this is one of the larger non-slab cliffs in the area with a reasonable approach, and provides a number of excellent moderate and hard multi-pitch climbs.


Park in the pull-out for Giant Mountain, or if that is full, the pull-out for Chapel Pond slab just to the west. Look for an obvious trail that starts just right (east) of the start (from Giant/end from Chapel Pond pullout) and which drops off the embankment down into a swampy area.

Follow this trail to the "Creature Wall", at which point turn left and climb the talus up the left side of this wall, past a couple subsidiary minor cliffs. As you approach the base of the main wall, the trail will branch with the right branch going to "Hesitation" and climbs right of this, and the left branch going to "Wiessner Route" and climbs to the left.

Descent notes

It is possible to hike off either end of the cliff.

Right end rappel. Hike climber's right along the top of the cliff, drop down about 40' to a treed ledge, continue skier's left along this to a facing wall, down a slab in front of this wall to a 2nd treed ledge, at the (skier's) left end of this slab is a rappel tree. The rappel just barely goes with a 60m rope. From the base of the rappel go skiers right down under the lip and continue along the base of the cliff.


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Grade Route
5.7 PG BBC Trad 180ft, 3

P1: 5.7 PG, 90ft P2: 5.2G, 60ft P3: 5.6 G, 30ft

5.7 Cul-de-Sac Trad 25ft
5.11a G * Mastercraft Trad 120ft, 2
5.11b G * Mastercharge Trad 150ft, 2
  1. 5.9- G, 90ft

  2. 5.11b G, 60ft variant P2: 5.8 G. (giving a good 5.9 2-pitch climb)

5.9 *** Partition Trad 200ft, 2

From large ledge on wiessner's route it is the large left facing bookend. Thin to good hands, laybacking mostly. Excellent route with a wild exit move.

5.8 PG Whoops Trad 350ft, 4

Start 20ft left of Wiessner route.

  1. 5.8 G, 80ft.

  2. 5.8 PG, 90ft.

  3. Slanting ledge 3rd class, 150ft.

  4. 5.8 G, 30ft.

5.6 ** Wiessner route Trad 350ft, 4

One of the classic easy routes up the cliff.

Start about 150 left of where the approach trail meets the cliff, with a deep right-facing corner.

  1. 5.6 climb chimney to block, pull over left side and onto it (crux) and belay there, or ledge 20ft higher. 75ft (95 ft)

  2. 5.4 head up and left in the depression between the main wall to the right and corner to the left, going left when the depression ends. Belay at the upper of a pair of cedars.

  3. 3rd class. Traverse up and left up the slanting ramp until the head wall is reached. 150ft.

  4. Climb the right-facing corner, exit left. 35ft.

FA: Fritz Wiessner, M Becket Howorth & Bob Notman, 1938

5.10b PG Third Time for Mrs. Robinson Trad 170ft, 2

Finishes at end of P1 belay of Hesitation.

5.10b PG Weekend Warrior Trad 360ft, 4

Starts up the bolted face going diagonally up and left from "Hesitation", then up the main prow of the cliff.

5.8 *** Hesitation Trad 360ft, 4

FA: John Tucker, Brian Rothery & Irwin Hodgson, 1958

5.10c ** Flashdance Trad 280ft, 4
  1. 5.9 G, 75ft.

  2. 5.9+ G, 60ft.

  3. 5.6 G, 70ft.

  4. 5.10c PG, 70ft.

5.10a ** Overture Trad 300ft, 3
  1. 5.10a G (5.8 PG), 100ft.

  2. 5.6 G, 100ft.

  3. 5.8 G, 100ft.

5.8 G ** Prelude to an Overture Trad 300ft, 3


  1. 5.8 G first pitch of Prelude.

  2. 5.6 G pitch 2 of Overture.

  3. 5.8 G pitch 3 of Overture.

This linkup provides an excellent 5.8 route up the right end of the cliff.

5.8 Prelude Trad 230ft, 3
  1. 5.8 G, 100ft.

  2. 5.6 G, 60ft.

  3. 5.7 G, 70ft.

5.5 Buffalo Soldier Trad 160ft, 2
  1. 5.5 G, 110ft.

  2. 5.5 G, 50ft.

The following routes (Mann Act to "Too Wet to Plow") all start from the large slanting ledge that runs along the left side of the cliff. Approach via any of the routes that reach this ledge - Wiessner Route or most left of it.

5.9 R Mann Act Trad 90ft
5.11d R Feet of Fire Trad 90ft
5.11a G * Flight into Emerald City Trad 90ft
5.11b G * Till the Fat Lady Sings Trad 120ft
5.12a G Too Wet to Plow Trad 100ft


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