The topos, grades , and protection ratings provided by The White Cliff are approximate and subjective.
The majority of Millbrook routes have seen few, if any, repeat ascents, making accurate reporting more
susceptible to error. Loose rock, Death Ledge, lack of chalk, lack of fixed protection, remoteness, and difficulty of retreat
all contribute to the overall danger and seriousness of climbing at Millbrook. The information provided by The White Cliff is in
no way a substitute for experience and sound judgement.
NEWS April 3rd, 2016
Millbrook has a closure for peregrine nesting. All climbs north of Westward Ha! but not including Westward Ha! are closed until further notice. As always, thanks for your cooperation and your help keeping Millbrook wild!
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On Climbing Loose Rock
Millbrook offers climbing that can resemble sections of the Alps or Canadian Rockies,
and special care must be taken when moving over this type of terrain.
If you climb loose rock without modifying your solid-rock technique,
it will only be a matter of time before you fall from a broken hold.
In addition to testing suspect holds before weighting them, the climber needs
to consider the direction of force applied to holds relative to fracture lines,
evaluate potentially loose blocks for stability, attend to overall weight distribution,
and evaluate how protection will react with the rock in the event of being loaded.
Popular crags in the Gunks have been mostly stripped clean of loose holds by generations of climbers,
but Millbrook has seen far less traffic and so is in a much more natural, and hence unreliable state.
At the Bank, it is wiser to approach climbs with an ice climbing mentality: protection may be questionable,
and it is critical to understand when falling is or is not an option.
* Due to the fact that the majority of the routes involve some climbing R or X rated climbing between 5.5 and 5.7
the R & X protection ratings have only been added to climbing 5.8 and above.