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This is probably the most reliable and popular ice climbing area at the Narrows. From the parking lot facing the cliff walk left about 100 yards. You will see a gully with ice coming down to the road. You will also be able to see a little bit of the head wall. The amphitheater has many different climbs. The Main Gully climb goes right up the center of the amphitheater. And consistently the last pitch is called the Center Head Wall.
Pitch 1: (WI2 160 ft) From the road climb up to chains on the left where you can belay, you can also use a tree. The chains are kinda tucked in under a little roof.
Pitch 2: (WI2 130 ft) Continue up the gully until you see a big leaning rap tree with slings around it to the left. To the right will be chain anchors.
Pitch 3: (WI3 45 ft) This goes right up the middle of the head wall. Half way up it will look like the ice form almost a corner.
There are many different variations for the final pitch. Pick which ever one you want.
Many People solo these two pitches. When you rap make sure you are throwing ropes or knocking down ice chunks on top of them.
Facing the cliff walk left about 100 yards. You will be able to see an obvious gully leading up away from the road.
Standard Ice Rack
Ross Purnell getting ready to climb the Center Hea...
Leading at the top of the gully
By brian ivins
Nov 6, 2010
"Many People solo these two pitches. When you rap make sure you are NOT throwing ropes or knocking down ice chunks on top of them."
That's some really great ADVICE.
How about: Use your common mountain sense. This is a pristine area which now is being overrun by newbies who need to take an ice climbing clinic up in the Adirondacks or some other Ice festival venue, before venturing out. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER AREA
And as far as parking: USE THE DESIGNATED LOT. OR PARK AT THE INN DOWN THE ROAD and walk (god forbid)
THE AREA UNDERNEATH THE MAIN FLOW IS NOT FOR PARKING!