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The Edge

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Central Buttress Direct T 
Flattered T 
Fruition T,TR 
Great Wall (center - aka the Pumper), The S,TR 
Great Wall (center trad line) T,TR 
Nose That Roared, The T 
Rotwand, The T 
Shattered T 

The Edge  


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Submitted By: Tom Stryker on Feb 17, 2012
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Description 

I contacted a friend who co-authored an old Stover guide with me, and he did have our Edge notes, and graciously organized and mailed them to me. There are 32 trad routes that were led ground up on gear and a few pins. Mel Hamel, Tom Moffatt and I ( Tom Stryker ), had our run of the place, and climbed the lines we could with the gear we had at the time.

As far as property, it was always my understanding that it was a part of the Bucks County park, but we sometimes had issues with parking on Cafferty Road, which was private.

The original sequence numbers will be a little difficult to use as we always approached from the downstream end (climber's right), but the upstream end (climber's left) is used now.

Only four climbs had fixed gear at the time, between 1981 and 1983, two each in the area behind the Great Wall, one pin on Fruition and one on Thunder Road. In some cases small cams which were not available at the time may allow ascents of climbs where the pitons disappeared, but use some care, particularly on the Rotwand, as we were in deck territory every time we went out the the nose to work on getting some gear.

As I understand it, some routes have been bolted on the Great Wall. The most common center route on this wall has been led on gear at 5.8 X. We did some other routes that were pretty bold, and I am concerned these would get bolted unknowingly. If you are planning to bolt more routes there I would appreciate any opportunity to fill you in on existing trad routes there.

For official non climbing type information, see the Bucks County Parks and Recreation department's Tohickon Valley Park page for information on paid camping in the park, along with hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and swimming.

Getting There 

I believe the best way to access the Edge is by parking at the Tohickon Valley Park lot. Go downstream from the pool. Initially you will pass a smaller gray cliff we did a few short routes on, then the Edge proper.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.6 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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By Doug Wolfe
From: NJ
May 14, 2014
Do you get here from the same parking lot as stover? Don't mind the hike just don't want to run into a boat load of people after hiking a few miles...
To find out there is a parking lot right above
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
May 16, 2014
Hey D, no, I did hike from High Rocks my first time here for some arbitrary adventure! But there's no need.

Park in the big, popular paved lot, where the swimming pool access is (not the other one for the camping area of Tohickon).

Enjoy! My friends and I did our first (very short) trad leads here, hope you find it similarly memorable.

JJ
By Tom Stryker
Dec 18, 2014
Just letting you all know I posted a database of routes at the Edge, a total of 31 routes, some time ago on rockclimbing.com in hopes of avoiding existing routes being retro-bolted.

If some one has the ability to transfer that information to MP that would be great, otherwise I will pick away at it.

Thanks, Tom Stryker

tstryker@fairpoint.net for more info.
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 18, 2014
Hey Tom, that was the beta me and my friends used to climb there when I was still living in Pennsylvania! If you're down to have the same content here, I'm glad to help. I guess whomever gets the urge first can move things here, and if it ends up being me, I can transfer them to your ownership with my admin superpower (ha) so you'll still have credit (and advanced editing powers yourself) for your content when it's reproduced here.
By Tom Stryker
Dec 22, 2014
Eeeegads yes Justin, if you can bring it over to MountainProject please do ! I type really slowly! Cheers, Tom