The Adirondacks’ Crane Mountain holds more than 200 routes scattered among more than a dozen crags, all less than two miles from the trailhead. The Black Arches Wall is the biggest and newest—when the first edition of Adirondack Rock was published in 2008, there were only two routes there. Now there are more than 30 lines on the gneiss cliffs, up to 140 feet in length, mostly trad with a few bolts. (Bring a full rack—there’s no true sport climbing here.) Routes feature a combination of crack and face climbing on featured, slightly-less-than-vertical rock, with a few tiered roofs. The Black Arches cliff is divided into two main sections—the Amphitheater and the Main Face—and is the last crag you’ll encounter on the climbers’ trail; along the way you’ll pass by several other areas, like the TeePee Wall, Land of Overhangs, and Long Play Wall. “I generally don’t go to one crag all day long,” local developer Jay Harrison says. “I bop from one to the other as the temperature and light permits.”
Crane Mountain is farther off the beaten path than other Adirondacks spots; Harrison says the cliffs don’t look that impressive from afar, but upon closer inspection, they revealed huge potential for single-pitch routes. “The predominant character in route development first arrived in 1990, but he was a hard-nosed, ground-up, anti-bolting idiot—that being me,” he says. This kept the cliffs from seeing much traffic through the mid-2000s. But in 2007, a younger, visionary climber, Jamie McNeill of Burlington, Vermont, convinced Harrison to take a second look, and the duo has established more than 150 routes at the Black Arches and surrounding cliffs since then.
Our local area offers several locations that are both perfect for beginners and advanced climbers. From fixed Top-Roping to Multi- Pitch routes, we can arrange guided excursions as well as basic instruction with our local guides.
$285 for one person$400.00 for two people
$475.00 for three people
$525.00 for four people
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