Can you hike to the top of Hillyer Ravine

Discussion in 'New York - South' started by RangerRandy, Feb 9, 2017.

  1. RangerRandy

    RangerRandy New Member

    I want to check out Hillyer Ravine but I don't think I am quite ready to lead climb it. Does anyone know if there are ways to get to the top of the falls to top rope it without having to lead it. Thanks for your help.
  2. Coati

    Coati Member

    Not sure about the hike to the top. I know that there are ways around and through some of those pitches.

    Pitch 1 is generally very mild (WI 1). Pitch 2 (left and right side can be accessed by walking around to the left). You can then traverse to the right side above pitch two and there is a fairly straightforward WI 2 pitch above that on the right side for the next two pitches. That puts you up top. Then you can rap down the left side which has a good set of WI 3+-WI 4 ice. You have to be willing to lead easy ice for that though. In the least you would be able to top rope both sides of pitch 2.

    Either way from the bottom of pitch 2 you can traverse right around the hillside to put you midway up viola above pitches 1 and 2 which have some great ice on them as well. You could also rap down viola and get some great topropes in.

    Good luck!
  3. Mike R

    Mike R Well-Known Member

    Short version of Coati's good response - it's going to be very difficult to get above the tallest pitch, the easiest likely being the flow on the right, or a 400' traverse to the left to a WI 2 line.
  4. Coati

    Coati Member

    Actually, after Mike's response and I think about it some more, the start of Pitch 3 on the right side is more likely WI3.

    Also the top of viola is set back a ways relative to top of hillyer. It would be a good bushwhack to get over there from the trail that runs above buttermilk and wildcat ravines, but I would not say its not doable. Just make sure you rappel climber's left if that's the route you take.
  5. Mike R

    Mike R Well-Known Member

    If one is at the very top of Hillyer, Viola is not difficult to get to. Just stay close to the drop-off and you'll find it. There is a downclimb just before the ravine is reached, but rapping is probably more practical. But before you rap, look across the ravine - there's usually a nice 30' flow that forms on climbers' right (photo). If that looks good, it's not hard to walk over to the top of it. Once you've rapped down, getting back up will be a challenge unless you find the ramp up and left (the downclimb I mentioned).


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  6. RangerRandy

    RangerRandy New Member

    Thank you all for the betta. It is much appreciated.
  7. wildercore

    wildercore Member

    I've actually climbed Hillyer Ravine then bushwhacked to the hiking trail above. This makes a big loop back to the car however there is a good bit of road walking involved. Also, it is easy to go from the ravine to the trail but finding the Ravine from the trail might be a bit more difficult.

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