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Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ (Mt.Tammany) Rock Climbing 

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Mt. Tammy Path marker off 80 for base trail


New Jersey's biggest and best multi pitch climbing area. With over two hundred routes if you include Mt.Minsi which is on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River. Mt Tammany is bigger and more spectacular than Minsi. With spectacular situations and easy access these cliffs will only gain in popularity as time goes on. Mt Tammany holds a hundred or so routes, many of them considered authentic "test pieces" for their grade, the maximum so far being in the 5.12 range. This area has a strong traditional ethic of being a "ground-up" area, there are no sport routes on the NJ side of the Gap and the use of motorized drills is illegal. Cleaning routes on rappel of loose rocks, dirt, and grass is encouraged. Helmets are MANDATORY when climbing at the Gap!!! If you value your safety you'll use them!!! Hike the Red Dot Trail next to the parking area and you'll be in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and camping is free...there is an awesome campsite up high which faces Mt.Minsi, Pa, You'll wake up above the clouds. the rock is MetaQuartzite and holds pro SOLID!

Getting There 

Take I-80 west from N.J. and youll see it on the right just before crossing into Pa. Park at the first exit/parking lot just after passing the big cliff on your right. Approach by walking along the trail BEHIND the highway barrier wall (DO NOT walk on I-80) to reach the trail that leads up along the cliff or just before the roadside area venture left up a narrow trail to the top of the cliff and rappell down.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

25 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ (Mt.Tammany)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ (Mt.Tammany):
The Rib   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Triumverate Wall
Triumverate   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Triumverate Wall
Shadow Line   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Triumverate Wall
Tanemund   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   Triumverate Wall
Black Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   The Black Wall
Double Overhang   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Double Overhang Area
corkscrew   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   The Great Arch
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Featured Route For Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ (Mt.Tammany)
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan at the belay atop P1 of corkscrew.

corkscrew 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  NJ : Delaware Water Gap NRA, NJ ... : The Great Arch
Corkscrew is a great route. The rock on top of the second pitch is high quality for the gap. Some punchy overhang moves on P1; P2 has a scary PG13/R corner off the belay, an indimidating traverse, and some overhang moves to a top out similar to Modern Times.Scramble up 15 feet off the trail to a ledge with some trees to start.P1. Climb a slab to a left facing corner that starts at the left end of a low roof. Climb straight up the corner, plug your gear, and pull the overhanging moves...[more]   Browse More Classics in NJ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking up the 'Red Dot' trail on Mt.Tammany
Hiking up the 'Red Dot' trail on Mt.Tammany
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt.Tammany, NJ
Mt.Tammany, NJ
Rock Climbing Photo: Campsite while climbing at the Delaware Water Gap ...
Campsite while climbing at the Delaware Water Gap ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Not as loose as you've heard
Not as loose as you've heard

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By Michelle Schonzeit
From: Dingmans Ferry, PA
Jan 20, 2010
Camping is only permitted within Delaware Water Gap at designated campground areas (either Dingmans Campground in PA or Worthington State Forest Campground in NJ) or for AT Thru Hikers meeting established distance criteria, or for overnight river trips meeting established river trip distances.

Camping regulations for Delaware Water Gap can be found at
By NEGuiding
From: Matawan, NJ
Apr 5, 2010
The muddy season is in at the Delaware Water Gap NRA. NPS ridge-runners have relayed some nasty conditions all along the Appalachian Trail and all Kittatinny trails so be careful on approaches and descents if not rappelling. If you must camp in the gap off-trail, please follow basic AT trail ethics and camp 200 feet from a trail and/or water source. The campgrounds are close so I would recommend staying in them, follow Michelle's link bel,ow or this link
By RockinOut
From: NY, NY
Feb 8, 2011
Why arent the 200+ routes listed if this is NJ`s largest area.
By Peter McPherson
Apr 11, 2011
has anyone been up to climb since the season started back up again?
By NEGuiding
From: Matawan, NJ
Jun 30, 2011
No time to post all these routes ;) The NJ side is open this season, the PA side is closed due to Peregrine Falcon nesting again. The NJ side has A LOT of trees down which make trail navigation and route finding hard but take our time, it's not that hard to locate walls up there.
By Jonah Klein
Mar 18, 2014
Began the 2014 season returning to the DWG. I have to say, this is a overlooked place of climbing Glory. There are literally hundreds of routes, and i can't say i have actually followed them as they are in the guid book. The climbs here the epitome of traditional adventure climbing. Ground up, dirty routes yet to be cleaned from lack of traffic, and not laid out for you so you better be on your "A" game.
By Michael Schneider
Jun 13, 2014
it is time for a renewed look at the ol'Gap it fits nicely into a day trip for many and moderate but thought provoking climbs are found at regular features. Long a good zone for teaching and learning to teaching.Many aspiring guides have shared the cliffs over the years.
By JJ221
From: Morristown
Oct 23, 2015
The New Jersey side of the DWG is great location for winter rock. Almost any location with the temps above 30 degree Fahrenheit, full sun and low wind is comfortably climbable.
By Brandon Hodakoski
From: East Stroudsburg
Oct 23, 2015
No one has commented in a while so figured I would. Me and my partner have been checking off climbs on the NJ&PA side of the Gap all summer/fall. Been cleaning the walls as much as possible (rocks,weeds) and adding new slings around anchor areas. Haven't seen any other climbers while we went. Why doesn't anyone climb the gap anymore? If you want to hit me up!
Rock Climbing Photo: corkscrew i think
corkscrew i think
By Spacemanspiff
Feb 24, 2016
Hello, I'll be traveling for work and be in the area over the course of the next two weeks. Is the Gap climbable this time of year? some of the forcast temps looked like it could be climbable to the right individual? I'll also be looking for a partner so if anyone wants to climb on the weekends hit me up!

By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Feb 27, 2016
Definitely climbable if you can find a partner, but the gap is little traveled. Try the Partner Finder, look for people around 07832 and 18013.

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