Lake Placid Climbing School

ADIRONDACKS, NEW YORK

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The Adirondack Park in northern New York state is home to hundreds rugged peaks, towering cliffs and thousands of lakes. At 6 million acres, the Adirondack Park is larger than Glacier, Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. Tucked away in the High Peaks Region of the park is the quaint mountain town of Lake Placid. Lake Placid is widely known for having been the host of two winter Olympic Games and many of the Olympic venues still host events every winter bringing athletes from around the world. Lake Placid and the surrounding area are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, offering year round recreation opportunities.

Our AMGA Accredited Climbing School is conveniently located in the heart of Lake Placid and we have excellent terrain for beginner through expert climbers nearby. Rock climbing opportunities range from easily approachable scenic cliffs, perfect for family outings or first time climbers to long, full day routes of any grade. The Adirondacks also have some of the best ice climbing in the country ranging from classic waterfall ice climbs to high alpine faces. Our guides climb daily in the region and apply this local knowledge to delivering you a truly first rate experience.

If you’re not sure which program is right for you or just want more information give us a call. We are happy to discuss options with you and can recommend the course or private guided day that will be right for you based on your experience and goals.

Adirondack Seasons & Travel Tips

Summer is a great time to visit the Adirondacks. The long days mean that there is plenty of time to enjoy all that the area has to offer. Besides the numerous opportunities for rock climbing, the region also has a great network of backcountry hiking trails. Hiking the 46 high peaks over 4000 feet in the Adirondacks is a goal of many hikers and we are happy to point you in the right direction or offer a guide for these single or multi day hiking trips. Hundreds of miles of lakes and streams offer almost endless paddling and swimming options. While Lake Placid and the surrounding area fill up with visitors there are a full range of lodging options including campgrounds, hostels, hotels and resorts.

The autumn season in the area starts after Labor Day. As families return to school and their normal routines, the Adirondacks offers visitors with a more flexible schedule a quieter time to enjoy the region. Warm sunny days and cool crisp nights offer some of the best rock climbing conditions of the year and the fall foliage display of color in late September and early October is unforgettable. Throughout November the days become colder and while rock climbing is still possible if you hit the weather right, most locals are starting to think about the first snow and all of the fun that comes with it.

Winter unofficially starts here when the ski area at nearby Whiteface Mountain opens, which is usually around Thanksgiving weekend. By mid December many of the local ice climbs are “in” and our guides have already logged many days on the ice. The town of Lake Placid starts bustling again and there is a decidedly alpine feel and excitement about town. The long cold nights bring many climbers and skiers out to the local pubs and restaurants, often with rosy cheeks and great stories to share about their latest adventures. As winter goes on and the days become longer and the sun stronger again, many of the classic Adirondack alpine climbs such as the North Face on Gothics and the Trap Dike on Mount Colden come into shape. These alpine climbs as well as the back country skiing in the high peaks usually have the best conditions from late February into early April.

Spring may be the most exciting and overlooked climbing season in the Adirondacks. While alpinists are enjoying perfect neve conditions and easy approaches on the alpine routes, rock climbers are out enjoying sunny dry rock on the south facing cliffs in the valleys. There is usually a period of time in the spring when you can ice climb in a shaded canyon in the morning then rock climb in a t shirt on a sunny cliff nearby in the afternoon. Throw in the spring skiing on corn snow in the backcountry or at Whiteface Mountain and spring becomes an ideal time for the mountain enthusiast to visit the area. As the snow in the high country continues to melt the hiking trails do become muddy later in the spring but it is not unusually to have long periods of dry sunny weather with great rock climbing conditions.