Friday was our last day in the Adirondacks, and we spent most of it climbing some more routes on Upper and Lower Beer Walls near Chapel Pond. The heat finally caught up with us, so the higher we moved on the routes the less shade we had from the trees and thus more sun exposure……and it was hot! We climbed some of the classics such as Rockaholic, Afternoon Delight, and I gave Frosted Mug a run (very cool climb!). Below are some pics from the day.
Cathy at the top of Afternoon Delight
Jamie starting up Frosted Mug
The best part of climbing this area is when your done, just stroll on over to Chapel Pond and you can take a swim or just sit back and soak your dogs in the water…..beautiful place.
Cooling the dogs in Chapel Pond
Cathy at Chapel Pond
While we were climbing on Lower Beer Walls we ran into a couple of other climbers. We got to talking and they put us on to a climb in Lake George, called Little Finger, that sounded pretty cool. The climb is a very moderate slab climb on Roger’s Rock right on the water, but you can only access the climb via boat. On a side note….this is one of the best parts of the trip so far……you think you are going in one direction, but all you have to do is turn the steering wheel to go in another…….so instead of heading to Lake Champlain like we thought we would, we headed off on a little adventure to Lake George on Saturday.
Cathy at Lake George
We checked into Rogers Rock Campground in the early afternoon on Saturday. Easily the biggest campground we have ever stayed in…..huge! Largest in NY state. But it has really nice sites, amenities, and it is right on the lake. Sunday we set out in the morning to hike Tongue Mountain. We didn’t really know much about the trail, but found a good trail that gave us some decent views of the lake, and it was an awesome way to start out the day. We then went by a boat shop and we were able to rent a couple of kayaks for Monday’s adventure. (We had to take the rooftop carrier off to get them on top of the 4Runner) See below. A little balancing act, but some good knot tying and those suckers weren’t going anywhere!
Lake George from Tongue Mountain
Lake George Campsite
Kayaks on the 4Runner
Being a slab climb and with Monday’s weather calling for mid 80′s temps, we decided to get up early to beat the heat. After stuffing all our gear into the kayaks we headed out to find the route. The paddle over to the rock was so peaceful. The water was flat and hardly anyone was on the lake…..just one of those moments….where you sit back and say this is what it is all about.
Jamie about to head out to Roger's Rock
On our way to Roger's Rock to climb Little Finger
It didn’t take long to find the slab and the route. Mooring up the kayaks was a little adventurous, but we eventually got them tied up (using a tri-cam in a crack It was funny…..Cathy and I were joking around and just imagining being a few hundred feet up on the route and seeing our two kayaks floating away…..which would have made getting back to camp a lot more difficult!
Kayaks moored up
I have to admit, the route was pretty cool. Not the best route I have ever done, but you couldn’t beat the location and scenery. I know, I know……it was slab (not my specialty!), but the route is only 5.5 and it does follow a crack for almost 500′ up this slab face. The only downside to the climb…..it got hot real quick. We started to feel like two eggs in a skillet! By the end of the second pitch we both could feel the black rubber of our shoes baking our feet. I motored up the last pitch as fast as I could, and once I got Cathy on belay I don’t think I have ever seen her climb so fast! We were rewarded with some spectacular scenery though……..and the best part, after only a couple of double rope rappels back down, all you need to do is drop your gear and dive straight into the clear, beautiful waters of the lake to feel rejuvenated again! Really cool experience. We spent the rest of the day putzing around the lake in our kayaks, and taking swims to cool off…….yep was a pretty rough day!
Cathy on first pitch of LIttle Finger
Looking down at the first belay, half way up second pitch
Both of us on Little Finger. I am a little past half way up the second pitch.
Top of the second pitch
Top of little finger. Feet smoked!
Leaving Roger's Rock
Tuesday, we decided to take the day off from any serious hiking or climbing. Just down the road from the campground is a ferry that crosses Lake Champlain and puts you into Vermont. Niether of us had ever spent much time in VT so off we went to see what we could get into near Burlington. We drove through Middlebury and this proved to be exactly what you picture Vermont to be. It was some beautiful countryside over there, and after having some lunch in Burlington, someone put us onto visiting the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory. Supposedly you get free samples! We drove out there to check it out, but what a zoo! People everywhere, all trying to take a tour of the factory, eating ice cream, crammed in next to each other, tour busses everywhere……not my scene. Cathy inquired about the tour and they said the next available tour would be in 45 minutes, and when she said she wasn’t into it……..I was so relieved to get the hell out of there!!
Leaving Ben and Jerry's!
On Wednesday, we packed up and left the wilderness of Northern NY. We headed to Rhode Island to spend the next few days with family and friends in Newport, and also to celebrate Cathy’s birthday, today!