Category Archives: Rock Climbs

Classic Adirondack Climbs: Print Collection Now Available

MONDAY, September 11, 2017 – Consisting of twenty custom-crafted, fine art photographs, this collection includes our favorite images from the Classic Adirondack Climbs project. All twenty prints are on display, appropriately enough, on our indoor climbing wall or in our studio, and are available for sale in sizes up to 24″ x 32″. Please contact us for more information.

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Hardcover Book Is Available!

THURSDAY, May 17, 2017 – Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness was recently completed and this hardcover coffee-table book is now available as a Collector’s Edition. The release of this book marks the completion of the first of the three components in our Classic Adirondack Climbs project. The second component, a collection of 20 fine art prints of our favorite images from the project, is in the final stages of hard-proofing and will be available within the next few weeks. Lastly, our climber’s guidebook in ebook format, Classic Adirondack Climbs – Selected Rock, Ice & Slide Climbs (easy to moderate routes), is still a ways off and we are shooting for completion this fall.

In an article about the book, appearing in Adirondack Life magazine’s 2017 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors, climber Brandon Del Pozo writes “Each photograph is a moment in time that captures the beauty and wonder of Adirondack rock and ice.” Classic Adirondack Climbs is “a love note to everything classic and steep in the Adirondacks,” he concludes.Classic Adirondack Climbs - Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East's Largest Wilderness

After more than three years of effort, we are very pleased to offer this book as the first component of our Classic Adirondack Climbs project.

For a brief presentation about the book, with links to purchasing information:

Classic Adirondack Climbs: Rock, Ice & Slide Climbing Photographs from the East’s Largest Wilderness

CAC Presentation July 11, 2016

R.L. and Karen Stolz will kick off the 2016 Keene Valley Library Lecture Series with an hour-long photographic presentation introducing their upcoming book, Classic Adirondack Climbs, on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:30pm. This program, at the Keene Valley Library in Keene Valley, NY is open to the public and admission is free. Find Out More


Dawn at Deadwater

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Bumbling around in the dark is more a part of climbing photography than many people realize. The first, and last, light of each day is often the most visually striking, occasionally illuminating the world in breathtaking golden and red hues. Any serious landscape photographer will tell you that the “edge of daylight” can be a very rewarding time to be out with a camera. Standing next to your tripod, car parked nearby at a scenic overlook, as the sun creeps over the horizon requires the discipline to rise early–and lots of coffee. Being in position, dangling from a rope far above the ground, after having walked half a mile–all in the dark–demands considerably more than just discipline. Both photographers and climbers have to be slightly crazy to engage in such foolishness. We don’t do it every time we go out (we are only part-time fools and it’s hard to find willing climbers) but the results are usually worth the effort.

Deadwater at Dawn

Katie Farris leading Bozeman Bullet at Deadwater Cliff.

This photograph, “Dawn at Deadwater”, is from a photo shoot we completed in late June. There are only a few days each year when the angle of the sun permits this kind of lighting. We calculated the rising sun would only briefly accentuate the arete, just after dawn, on Bozeman Bullet. But dawn around the time of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is really, really early! We had to be up and out by 3:30 am, an alpine start for a climb just 10 minutes from the car! Katie was willing and more than able. Hiking in to the cliff while it was still dark, fueled by coffee, she scampered up the lower section of the climb while R.L. ascended a fixed rope we had left the evening before. Both were in position and ready as the first rays of warm sunshine peeked through the trees onto the rock. After just a few minutes the golden dawn glow gave way to daylight and it was time to pack up and get breakfast. Many thanks to Katie, and the sun! Both rose right on schedule.

Classic Adirondack Climbs Photograph on Display

SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 – A print from our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection of photographs is on display at the recently opened SubAlpine Coffee shop in Keene Valley, NY. This image was made during our September 2014 shoot of Paralysis on the Main Face of Poke-O Moonshine with climbers Chris Hyson and Kim Martineau. We will swap our displayed prints every few months to keep things seasonally appropriate and to exhibit our latest creations.

Verticality of Lines

“Verticality of Lines”  Chris Hyson and Kim Martineau climbing on Paralysis, Poke-O Moonshine Cliff

We call this photograph “Verticality of Lines”. Photo notes:
“First climbed in 1959, this historic climb follows a sustained vertical crack to the top of a huge amphitheater. To reveal the steepness of this place, we positioned ourselves near the edge of the multi-colored rock face, on a small ledge 200 feet above the ground. Comfortable and secure, we could focus our attention on the essence of the climb: the verticality of the Paralysis crack juxtaposed against the striking lines of color on the rock, bathed in late morning light.”

We will be offering this print, and others from our Classic Adirondack Climbs collection, for sale starting later this summer. All of our prints are conservation grade archival artworks, custom crafted using pigment inks, acid-free mats and mounting materials, and each will last a lifetime. They are available matted or matted and framed. For more information contact us at 518-576-9881 or at

Stop by SubAlpine Coffee to check out their selection of outstanding coffee and tea drinks, and their assortment of baked goods. Owner, and barista, Patrick Walsh has elevated the quality of coffee in this area to new heights. If you are looking for a great espresso drink, tea or maybe a “maple steamer” in a relaxed and pleasant environment this is undoubtedly THE place to go.

Classic Adirondack Climbs – Late July 2015 Update

SUNDAY, July 26, 2015 – Another long hiatus from blog updates. We have not disappeared or lost interest in this project. On the contrary,  between photography, writing and our guiding activities, we have simply been too busy to update this page.

Our photo shoots continued through last winter, spring, and into the summer months, despite our best intentions to STOP making more photos! The opportunity to re-shoot some of the routes for Classic Adirondack Climbs was just too enticing – better light, fresh perspectives and new faces all exerted their pull. And, we enjoyed every minute of every shoot, both rock and ice. We met more great folks who were as enthusiastic and supportive of this project as our friends and clients have been since we started it in the spring of 2013.

Delicate climbing on the Prince

Royce Van Evera on delicate face holds, following the exposed second pitch of Prince 

The photos, because they are our way of showing you just how spectacular some of the climbs we describe can be, are the most important part of Classic Adirondack Climbs. They also represent, by far, the most difficult aspect of putting this book together. Like many projects driven by passion, as much as common sense (more in this case), things have a way of taking longer than anticipated but we are now satisfied we have what we need.

We have no plans to stop making photographs, and our list of places to photograph is longer than ever, but our focus has shifted to wrapping up the writing for Classic Adirondack Climbs. We have worked on route descriptions and the many other aspects of writing from the start so it’s now a matter of ironing out wrinkles and pulling everything together. We are working with a graphic designer (and climber) and we expect to begin assembling final layouts this fall. If all goes well, the book will be available by early winter.

We have finalized some important decisions regarding the publication of Classic Adirondack Climbs. We will initially publish this guidebook in ebook format only. This format offers the most flexible and convenient options for use while climbing and it allows us to distribute the book to a much wider audience than would otherwise be possible.

Our personal climbing guidebook collection has been growing for more than 40 years and it includes nearly 500 printed books from all over the world. Some of these volumes are now valuable works of art, others are merely functional. As a collection, displayed in a book case, they are impressive and individually, many are beautifully crafted and a joy to peruse while sitting in a comfortable chair on a cold winter ‘s eve.

But, while climbing, printed guidebooks are simply not as practical as other options available today. Consequently, we have decided to separate the functional guidebook from the keepsake. We will therefore release a limited edition, large format, hardcover book of selected climbing photographs in addition to the ebook. This artfully-designed volume will include brief descriptions of the photographs but, unlike the ebook, it will not function as a guidebook but rather as a collectible edition. In this age of specialization it turns out you can have it both ways!

For those who are still stuffing guidebooks into their packs (trashing them in the process), or toting them up climbs (completely destroying them in short order) we have prepared a separate post (coming soon) detailing practical alternatives to carting around a printed guidebook. We have employed these simple, proven, solutions extensively and, as a result, we have not had a reason to carry a printed guidebook to a cliff in nearly 20 years!

Wrapping Up Photo Shoots

SATURDAY, November 22, 2014 – In case you were wondering, we did not fall to our deaths shooting climbing photos! Over the summer and fall we completed numerous rock climbing photo shoots for Classic Adirondack Climbs, but between guiding and photo shoots we did not have time for blog posts. When we look back at our previous post, nearly five months ago, we realize just how much we have accomplished. We also realize how much we have to thank all the folks who helped us out by being climbing models, carrying loads, holding equipment, or rigging climbs for photo shoots. Many thanks to long-time friends, local climbers, Alpine Adventures clients and new friends for all the smiles, patience and willingness to “look up” and “hold it right there” until we got the shot.

Sabrina Hague leading, Rhonda McGovern belaying, P2 of The El, Pitchoff Chimney Cliff

Sabrina Hague leading, Rhonda McGovern belaying, P2 of The El, Pitchoff Chimney Cliff

We have completed all of the planned photo shoots for Classic Adirondack Climbs but we’ll try for better images on a few ice climbs during the early ice season as opportunities arise. Unlike most of our photos, the photographs we want will all be taken from far away with a very long lens. If you have plans to climb any of the following routes and you’re willing to be photographed for our project please let us know. All you have to do is be on the climb dressed in bright enough colors to be seen.

North Face of Pitchoff
Weeping Winds
Screw & Climaxe


We are currently working on writing and layout for the book, tasks that make the most of the short days between rock and ice seasons. Ice is forming and a few brave souls have already been out climbing. Although it may be a false start, winter has arrived.

Upcoming Photo Shoots: Remote Climbs

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 – We are arranging photo shoots of the routes listed below for Classic Adirondack Climbs. We welcome your participation if you are interested in climbing for our cameras on any of these routes. Contact us for more information.

Roger's Rock on a perfect summer's day

Roger’s Rock on a perfect summer’s day

ROGER’S ROCK – We would like to photograph two parties (two climbers in each party) climbing simultaneously on Parallel Dreams, 5.8 G (5.4 X) and Bill to Still Bill, 5.8 PG.

DIX NORTHERN CIRQUE SLIDES – We would like to photograph two or three people climbing unroped on these 3rd/4th Class slides in one long day.

Overnight Required for WALLFACE (2-3 days) – We would like to photograph while climbing nearby a leader and second on The Diagonal, 5.8 G. We would also like to shoot climbers on the first pitch of No Man’s A Pilot, 5.9 G at the same time. If there was a party willing to climb the Case Route, 5.5 G the day before or after that would be even better. We’d like to get all three routes in one trip if possible and we can be flexible to that end. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

Upcoming Photo Shoots: Roadside Climbs

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 – We have photos for the following roadside routes in our collection but, for one reason or another, they are not quite what we want. We are committed to reshooting these routes and welcome your participation if you are interested in climbing for our cameras. Just let us know which climbs are of interest and we’ll take it from there.

Right Notion

R.L. Stolz leans out to get the best angle on Right Notion

WASHBOWL CLIFF – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing the Weissner Route, 5.6 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day. We would also like to shoot a leader and second climbing Butterflies Are Free to Partition, 5.9- G. This will also be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

BEER WALLS – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Pegasus, 5.9 R and Lichenbrau, 5.7 PG. This will be a fully rigged shoot with some complicated shots taking about half a day. We would also like to shoot a party climbing Frosted Mug, 5.9 G (5.7 R). This shoot will take a few hours.

KING WALL – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Prince (King of Guides), 5.7 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. We’d prefer to shoot this in fall colors if possible.

PITCHOFF CHIMNEY CLIFF – We would like to photograph a leader and second climbing the second and third pitches of The El, 5.8 G. We have some wild shots planned for this route and it will take most of a day. Better for tortoises than for hares!

HURRICANE CRAG – We would like to photograph a leader and second climbing the chimney pitch of the Old Route, 5.3 G and the second pitch of the New Route, 5.5 G. Time permitting, we’d also like to shoot Spring Equinox, 5.8 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day.

DEADWATER – We would like to shoot a leader and second climbing The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, 5.8 G and Geronimo, 5.8 G. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking about half a day.

POKE-O MOONSHINE MAIN FACE – We would like to photograph two parties (two climbers in each party) climbing simultaneously on Sunburst Arete, 5.8 PG and Paralysis, 5.8 PG. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. On a separate day we would like to shoot a leader and second climbing Gamesmanship, 5.8+ G (5.2 R). This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. At another time we would like to shoot a leader and second climbing FM, 5.7+ R. This will be a fully rigged shoot taking most of a day. Falcon closures may impact scheduling.

Big Air Above Chapel Pass

Big air above Chapel PassMONDAY,  June 16, 2014 – This photo was taken during a photo shoot early last fall. Don Mellor, prominent local climber and guidebook author is shown leading the very exposed top pitch of Overture on the Washbowl Cliff in Chapel Pass. This popular climb is undoubtedly an Adirondack classic.

Don and R.L. were on the first ascent of this pitch of Overture together, and each has climbed it many times since. This pitch of the climb is known for its extreme ‘airiness’ and it is a popular photographic subject as well as a fabulous climb. Although we have published photos of this pitch in the past they never quite met our expectations. For this shoot, we wanted to really emphasize the ‘big air’ feel. The day before the shoot we rigged several ropes so we could rappel into positions that maximized the exposure and the views. After meeting Don and his belayer, Alex, at the base and shooting the first pitch, we scrambled up to the top of the cliff. R.L. dangled out over the edge of a massive overhang while Karen shot a different angle from above. We featured this photo on the spring post card for Alpine Adventures, our instruction and guide service.

We are preparing our shooting plans for the summer and fall and we’ll post details by the end of this week. Are you interested in climbing for our cameras? Contact us for information about when and where we will be photographing, and follow this blog for updates.