A friend an I are headed down to the ice fest this weekend and we were wondering if anyone could recommend good climbs in the area. (Rosendale, NY) Grade 3 - 4 any info would be great. Looking forward to the climbing!
Dude, why would you drive south to go ice climbing? The ice in the Catskills is fine for people in NYC, Philly, etc who don't want to drive all the way to the Dacks. But it kind of sucks, especially with the crowds of Ice Fest. There is nothing that compares with Chouinard's, Multi Gully, Roaring Brook Falls, and the other moderates in the Dacks (maybe Buttermilk, Wildcat, and the other "backcountry" routes). You live in Burlington...you have easy access to Smuggs, Frankenstein, and the Dacks. Don't waste your time with the Catskills.
Thanks for the info on an area to climb. The reason I don't go elsewhere to climb is because I am reporting on the events at the ice fest. I can deal with the crowds. It gives me a chance to be social, meet some folk, and climb in a new area. Really looking forward to it!