The longest route I had climbed. Definitely expect runouts on easier terrain, but good pro can be found at all the tricky spots. P3 is great, and may be the best 5.5 in NY (Sorry, Gunks). Also, the route description above is off - follow the guidebook and you will enjoy the route more.
I had little experience with multipitch before doing this and it made it that much more exciting. Definitely bring the book and don't get too lost. It ended up being a bit of a hassle on a few occasions and led to some 5.7-5.8 climbing, but I think that added to it. almost all the pitches should have a safety rating of PG, but runout is never in places of worry. not many places to bail so it's not the best if the weather is questionable. If there is a good descent option, we didn't find it. It was pretty sketchy in the dark.
Great route, beautiful views. We had no clue where we were going - just went up and wandered. It was all fairly easy, a little runout in places - but on easy terrain. With a 60m rope we did it in 5 pitches - sort of randomly picked intermediate belays (mostly, because we were wandering). Plenty of options on this one.
All the pitches besides the last pitch is easier than 5.4. Last pitch is a chimney, so give your baby backpack to your follower. Great and beautiful scenery next to Chapel Pond and other mountains across the road. Very busy climb, all year around. There are free camp sites along the bottom of the climb. Look for camping markers.
climbed with seth and pavel. linked pitches as much as we could w a single 70. seth led P1, i led P2, P3, and Pavel led P4. fantstic route and easy, fun slab climbing...until i missed a key right turn to get on top of/around bobs knob, and got off route. what followed was waterfall wet slab climbing, scrunched under an overhanging corner with a big muddy offwidth, no pro and interesting rock quality for the next 200ft. conditions made this feel harder than 5.5. not surprising that no established route follows this line. finally had to pull a difficult section- super wet layback smear to get over a big block which pavel was able to pull off- (he thought the moves felt 5.8+ ish). we call our variation "check cashed." all in all it was a wonderful route and a great ADKs experience. i learned a good lesson that day about the consequences of route finding mistakes on longer routes!! great day out with good friends.