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Ice Climbing Backcountry Adventures

A Climbing Experience in a Remote, Backcountry Setting…

The Adirondack wilderness affords innumerable adventure opportunities. Some of the very best are suggested below. These winter trips are offered at Private Guiding rates with a surcharge per trip of $75. We recommend these outings for those individuals that seek a quality climbing experience in a more remote, backcountry setting.

TRAP DYKE

Although considered by many to be technically easy, this Adirondack mega-classic demands the utmost in care and attention. Without a doubt one of the Northeast’s most spectacularly situated climbs which, along with it’s counterpart the North Face of Gothics, offers the only true mountaineering ascents in the region. A must do for all Adirondack mountaineers!

GOTHICS – NORTH FACE

The Adirondack winter mountaineering classic! A 1000 foot wall plastered with snow and thin ice. Exciting, exposed and by adding a summit bivouac, becomes a great training climb for individuals considering larger mountaineering ascents. This trip can be accomplished in a long day or spread out into a multi-day adventure.

AVALANCHE LAKE

This spectacular ice climbing area has become the center of new route activity in the Adirondacks as of late. While many of the newer lines are mixed and hard, the area also sports some of the finest pure ice routes (at all levels) in the state. A ski or snowshoe approach and a thirst for adventure are all that’s required to enjoy this idyllic setting. Highly Recommended!

PHARAOH MOUNTAIN

This four pitch, grade three ice climb is often described as “similar to Roaring Brook Falls, only in a wilderness setting”. With a five mile ski/snowshoe approach, this one or two day adventure is a true Adirondack classic and a must on every ice climber’s backcountry list!