Rock Climbing The Beer Walls
The Adirondacks offer more than just nature hiking trails and camping for those looking to enjoy the outdoors. It is also home to some really good rock climbing. And nothing represents this more than the Beer Walls of Keene Valley. Located right off of Route 73, just North of Chapel Pond, these granite walls give beginner and experienced climbers alike a chance to take on the challenge of climbing up rock walls.
The Beer Walls are broken up into a number of sections, but most keep it simple and refer to just the Upper Beer Wall and Lower Beer Wall. As the name might suggest, this area of the Adirondacks pays homage to the brew with unique and creative names. The Roaring Twenties (5.10), Neutron Brew (5.10) and Rockaholic (5.8) are just 3 of the over 30 routes of various difficulties to choose from as you plan a rock climbing outing.
There are a number of guides that will offer to take individuals and groups to the Adirondack's most popular single pitch climbs. So even if you have no prior climbing experience you are able to enjoy one of the most exhilarating and breathtaking experiences New York can provide.
One of the best things about the Beer Walls, also known as Chapel Pond Canyon, is that the area is easy to get to. There are a number of parking spots right off of Route 73 in Keene Valley that lead to walking trails that will take you right to the rocks. And even though you are only a 15 minute walk from the road, once you are at the base of the walls you feel like you are miles from any type of civilization (except for maybe some other climbers).