This weekend, Cam and I decided to head out to Pharaoh Mountain for some ice climbing. I ordered the ice climbing guide for the Adirondacks, ADK Blue Lines, and it said that this was one of the most remote areas in the Daks. Charles let us drive his F150 pickup because there is a pretty rough road that leads up to the trail head, and my VW would not have enough clearance. This ended up cutting a mile from the approach, which still ended up being 2 hours.
|Topo of Pharaoh Mountain, courtesy of the USGS.|
|This is the view from the base of the climb. We ended up taking the left route because the ice on the right looked a bit too thin for comfort.|
|Cam is all racked up for the first pitch...|
|...and here he is leading it.|
|Up at the belay spot while I follow and pull the pro.|
|I took the lead on P2. I set up a belay spot to the left of where the ice ends in this photo.|
|Another view of my lead on P2.|
|There were two choices for pitch 3. The one on the right is seen in this photo, but looked a little boring.|
|Instead, Cam chose to lead the line on the left which had a nice vertical section and a drytooling finish.|
|Here I am at the belay between P2 and P3...|
|...and Cam is racking up for the lead.|
We were both really hungry by the time we finished the climb because we left all the food in one pack at the base of the climb to keep a light load. The follower always climbed with a pack that had a liter of water and the camera. After taking in the spectacular view from the top, we set up to rappel. The descent took 5 rappels and 1 section of down climbing.
|The view from the end of the first rappel.|