Ice Climbing Routes & Guides

Experience Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks

Get vertical – on ice. Whether you're looking for a challenging 1,000 foot climb up a sheer ice wall or a two-hour recreational lesson with a licensed Adirondack guide, Lake Placid's ice climbing options cater to experts, beginners, and everyone in between.

From late November until mid-spring, "pick" from towering ice-filled chimneys, crevices, and cliffs throughout the region. Varying from easy roadside access to remote climbs requiring a trek with snowshoes or skis before even getting started, it's the perfect way to get your fill of more than one of your favorite winter outdoor activities.

Experienced rock climbers who frequent the Adirondack Mountains in warmer seasons will find ice climbing can provide the same thrills and adventure of a summer's climb – with an icy twist, of course. Depending on the time of year, there are numerous area climbs that combine the best of both worlds with rock and ice climbing components.

Ice climbing guidelines & guide services

Like any other winter sport, planning, education and proper equipment are key to having a fun and rewarding climb. Necessary ice climbing gear ranges from mountaineering boots with crampons, glacier glasses or ski goggles and gloves to ice axes, screws, hammers, and an ice tool leash to carry it all, to ensure your own safety as well as that of those accompanying you.

Make sure to take additional safety precautions including assessing weather conditions, mapping, and packing enough food and liquids. Should you need additional assistance, local Adirondack guides can clue you in on ice climbing best practices and point you in the right direction for your next adventure.

For some, the ice is simply the frosting on the cake of an Adirondack winter – literally. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, grab your gear and head outside... the ice awaits. Check out several popular Adirondack ice climbing spots below and start planning your winter getaway to Lake Placid – book a reservation for your ice climbing adventure today!

Wallface
Location: Heart Lake, Lake Placid, New York
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Cascade Pass
Location: Route 73, Lake Placid, New York
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Gothics - North Face
Location: Rt 73, Keene Valley, New York
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North Face of Pitchoff
Location: Old Mountain Road, Lake Placid, New York
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Chapel Pond Area
Location: Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
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Wilmington Peak - Slide Approach
Location: Bonnieview Road, Wilmington, New York
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Multiplication Gully
Location: Route 86, Wilmington, New York
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High Peaks Mountain Guides - Winter Services
Location: 2739 Main Street, Lake Placid, New York
Phone: 518-523-3764
Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides
Location: 1900 Route 73, Keene Valley, New York
Phone: 518-576-9096
Adirondack Mountain Guides
Location: Owls Head Mountain Road, Keene, New York
Phone: 518-576-9556