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The highball boulder is probably the single largest chunk of diabase in Mt. Gretna or any of the surrounding outlying areas. It is an impressive boulder with many characters. This blocky boulder has proud, tall problems on each of its sides and aretes. There are three arete climbs, the best being Delerium Tremens (V5). The steep faces are flakey and friable, but there is a smooth, clean slab on the back and a wonderful easy crack. The slab is home to the perplexing and unrepeated problem Squeak (V tricky).
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The Original Route V3 6A Boulder, 18'
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Trickle in Time V8 7B PA : Mount Gretna : The Highball
Trickle in Time is Chet Gross' first masterpiece and probably the most revered problem in all of Mt. Gretna. It climbs the subtle sloping lip of a steep roof and in true diabase style; surprisingly finicky and technical despite the severe overhang. A testament to Chet's ability to envision problems from seemingly unclimbable features. Start sitting on the rail. Heel hook and head for the triangle shaped hold, which is more of a feature than a hold, that you will utilize for both ha...[more] Browse More Classics in PA