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 and 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!