Matt Linnane leading up the Center Headwall of Mai...
The Narrows, located in Kintnersville, PA is home to maybe the best ice climbing in Pennsylvania. This area is filled with 400 foot high Brunswick Shale and has reliable routes. There is convenient parking which offers practically no approach. If it happens to snow a lot make sure to bring a shovel to get into the parking lot. Over the winter, this summer choss pile turns into a pretty great place considering it's in PA, but still be careful, theirs still plenty of loose rock.
The three most popular and most reliable routes are, Main Flow, Main Gully and Dead Deer Gully.
From Knitnersville at the intersection of State Highway 611 and State Highway 32, turn onto State Highway 32 and drive about 5 miles.You will start to see some ice along side the road. You will see a dirt parking lot on the right and an abandoned factory on the left across the river.
From there it is a matter of walking along the road to get to the climbs. At the parking area you will be in between Main Gully and Dead Dear Gully. Facing the cliff Main Gully will be to the Left and Dead Dear Gully will be to the right.
Weather station 5.0 miles from here
15 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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WI4 M5-6 PA
: Northeast Ridges and Valley...
: The Narrows
This is another unreliable climb that comes in late in the season. Banana is very close to Main Flow. If you are standing at the bottom of Main Flow and look up and to the right you will see banana. Pitch 1: ( M5/6 150 ft) Climb up three tiers of ice until you reach the mixed section. Dry tool up to the next pillar of ice and climb the pillar up to a ledge where pitch 2 starts. You can by pass this pitch by climbing the first 2 pitches of Main Flow and then traversing right along a ledge. Pitch ...[more] Browse More Classics in PA
By Ben Woodworth
Oct 23, 2013
When do these climbs usually come in? Or rather, how long does the weather need to be consistently cold for these climbs to come in? I live in Utah but am from PA and will be visiting my family this winter. Wondering if I should bring my ice gear.
From: parts unknown
Dec 7, 2013
FYI - Locals do a good job of updating conditions under the PA forum on neice.com once the ice is in. Once it gets close you'll see a lot of "is X climb in?" posts. Good resource if you're planning on visiting/passing through early/late in the season.
By Jonathan hudson
From: baltimore, MD
Feb 14, 2014
Also check out the Facebook page DC, MD, VA, WV and PA Ice Climbing Conditions