Salmon River Falls

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Salmon River Falls, an hour north of Syracuse, New York.  A beautiful setting, with a wide falls with a 100′ drop.  A bend in the river created a horseshoe gorge which presents an amphitheater of long single-pitch ice and mixed (shale) routes.  Everything from easy WI3 to overhung M7+.  Only a couple miles from the premier salmon hatchery on Lake Ontario, the routes feature amusingly fishy names such as “Mate, Spawn and Die (130′ WI5/M4)” and “Chum (130′ WI5+/M6)”.  Our short and inconsistent winters have taken a toll on this area and, unfortunately, we are only getting a few days of safe climbing in recent years.

Jim Lawyer’s climbing guide to this area can be found here: Slappin’ the Salmon

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