Hawk's Nest (P1)
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BETA PHOTO: The start of Hawk's Nest.
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The first pitch of Hawk's Nest is a fun, quality climb for its grade and location. Climb up a dihedral to a ceiling, and traverse left a short distance to its end. From there, follow a crack straight up, and traverse left along a ledge to a bolted belay directly over Hawk's Neck (if you don't see it at first, look on the left/far side of a rock protrusion - then there's no missing it).
"The opening moves often have wet feet. These can be bypassed and protected, but it ups the ante a little bit. After the seep, it's the best gear and best climb of it's grade at Stover." [-Larry S]
Three variations for the section pitch wait above.
Both pitches can also be combined into one pitch with a 60 m rope.
Hawk's Nest starts right off the belay trail, at a vertical open book to the right of Welcome to Stover/Hawk's Neck, and left of Marty Broke It. The adventurous can get off the first pitch with a class 4 traverse to the west and downclimb of a dirty gully; otherwise, rappel off.
The first pitch is easy to protect, the second is not. A toprope anchor set from the bolts on top of the first pitch can produce a swing, remedy this with a cam or two to extend the rope to the right.
BETA PHOTO: P1 - Green to the chains. Original P2 follows Yel...
BETA PHOTO: Brett leads pitch 1 of Hawk's Nest.
By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Sep 1, 2011
The opening moves often have wet feet. These can be bypassed and protected, but it ups the ante a little bit. After the seep, it's the best gear and best climb of it's grade at stover. (just pitch 1)