Clifford Rock Climbing
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We heard a report that an official survey was performed for a point near this cliff sector, and at least this cliff is very close to the boundary -- like perhaps the top might be inside the Park and the bottom (or middle) might be outside. We do not yet know of any general rule of the DEP forbidding climbing, and as of 2018 this area is not posted for any special status or restrictions. There is no general NJ Parks rule forbidding climbing (after submitting a signed waiver of liability form for the current year).
Faces WSW (so good bet for afternoon on a cool day). Much is shaded by mature trees, so not as hot as might expect on hot afternoons.
Straightforward access on official maintained trail then unofficial "herd paths".
A bit south from the true "hollow" so a bit more noise than some other sectors.
Some swampy land near the base, so likely more insects than some other sectors -- could be better after it's been dry for a while.
Lots more climbing nearby at sector Benes, just above SE.
Top-Roping: Obvious way to reach the top of this cliff to set up a top anchor is to scramble up around the right (south) side - (but likely also works to up around the left / north side).
Name: Nicholas Clifford started the Princeton Mountaineering Club, and pioneered new routes at Delaware Water Gap in bold style before anything like modern protection. Later made first ascents of high + wild peaks in Alaska. Likely did the first climbing at the big cliffs overlooking Green Pond Rd, NJ.
First Ascents? When we started exploring this rock sector, we discovered lots of previous work (cleaning + cutting) to prepare the rock and cliff top and base and approaches for climbing. So we could focus on just trying different possible routes for climbing. Whoever did that work, please contact us so we can give proper credit for your First Ascents.
warning: Loose rock is still a concern in this sector. Belayer or other members of party should not stand anywhere near underneath the climber or underneath a leader setting up top anchor.
. . . (Lots of vegetation on this rock as of 2018. Be prepared when climbing to navigate around protruding trees and branches, and dealing with holds slippery with grass, lichen, moss, dirt).
Days w Precip