Elevation: 770 ft
GPS: 40.965, -74.737 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: kenr on Sep 3, 2018
Admins: SMarsh
Access Issue: Not specifically approved for climbing by NJ Parks, or perhaps outside State Park land. Details

Description

25-35 ft routes around vertical on fun featured granite or granitic gneiss.
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).

Getting There

Because there is serious question about whether this area is legal for climbing, we have moved its map location and GPS latitude longitude to an incorrect and impossible place and removed the instructions for how to get to it. We hope that in the near future it will be opened for climbing, and then we will restore the correct map location.

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