Elevation: 522 ft
GPS: 41.147, -76.145 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jarred Cleerdin on Aug 7, 2009
Admins: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, SCPC

Description

"Mocanaqua" is the general location title that covers several distinct crags and boulder "gardens" scattered in the hills behind the town of Mocanaqua. The specific crag names are Paradise, The Library, Main Wall, Hawk Rock, and Squirrel Rock, along with quite a few others. There is a bunch of great climbing and fortunately most of it has good legal access.

If you're into history, the region's coal mining heritage is in evidence here in the form of great culm banks, abandoned structures, open mine shafts, etc. Paradise, for example was a dumping ground for this mine waste known as "culm" and untold tons of the stuff got poured right over the top. As you approach the cliff from the river, this culm is in evidence the whole way and you can imagine the carts dumping load after load over the top until the cliff almost disappeared. Lucky for us they stopped, leaving a fifty of sixty foot band exposed. The routes here go up to 5.12+ and there bouldering and highballs galore.

Geologically, the rock is quartzite of the Penobscot formation, and (I think) it's pretty cool that it's the same ridge that has exposures in West Virginia (Seneca) and in New York (The Gunks).

As far as climbing history goes, the first person I know of who started developing these cliffs was Albert Pisaneschi and I'm pretty sure that began in the late seventies/early eighties. For some reason Bob D'Antonio is the name that comes up but you can be sure he contributed a fraction of a percent of what Albert did. My guess is Bob talked, Al did not. Albert never reported his own routes, but he was prolific, climbing 5.13 sport, hard trad, ground up first ascents of hard (A4) nail ups, etc. Yet another "unsung" hero of our sport as his friend Rich Romano would like to say.

Access

Some of the climbing areas and trails here are owned by the Earth Conservancy.

Getting There

Driving from Philadelphia or Lehigh valley or New Jersey or New York City, usually faster to take I-80 West to exit 256, then rt 93 north + west about 3 miles, then turn right on rt 239 North and go 7.5 miles north (with several turns) through Wapwallopen to Mocanaqua. (without using rt 11 or visiting Shickshinny).

To the Main Wall from US 11 cross the bridge into Mocanaqua. Follow 239 into town to where 239 makes a 90 turn to the right go straight on SR 3004 instead of following 239.

The parking is a small dirt lot up a mile give or take on the left immediately off the road before the s turns. The trail is on the right of the little parking lot. The Main Wall cliff parallels the road here and is quite close to the road, but nicely screened by the trees.

Or just use Gordon's directions on Google Maps.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mocanaqua (aka Shickshinny)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 20
Pizza Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Beginner's Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Cornflake Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Urine Over Your Head
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Bullseye
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Stairway to Heaven
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Grey Face
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Great Expectations
Sport, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
I-Beam
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Roofing Madness (Reefer Maddness)
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Flamer
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 4
Phazers on Stun
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Darling Dainty Feet
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Thunder Stud
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 4
War and Peace
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pizza Crack Main Wall
 20
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Beginner's Crack Main Wall
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Cornflake Crack Library > Main Block, Back Side
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Urine Over Your Head Library > Main Block, Front Side
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bullseye Main Wall
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stairway to Heaven Library > Rear Wall
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Grey Face Library > Main Block, Back Side
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Great Expectations Library > Main Block, Back Side
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
I-Beam Paradise
 8
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Roofing Madness (Reefer Mad… Paradise
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Flamer Library > Main Block, Back Side
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Phazers on Stun Library > Main Block, Front Side
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad, TR
Darling Dainty Feet Library > Main Block, Front Side
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Thunder Stud Library > Rear Wall
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
War and Peace Library > Rear Wall
 4
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Sport, TR
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