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Description

This is one of New Jersey's best climbing areas! The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation has a wide variety of climbing and is one of the oldest climbing areas in the United States. This was the first known "vacation getaway spot" in the United States which expanded into the Pocono Mountains in the early 1900's. The largest section of climbing is on Mount Tammany toward the park's Southern end by the Delaware River and Interstate 80. There's several other climbing locations along the South facing ridge. Ricks Rocks, on the Northern end of the park, is a popular area for scouting organizations, summer camps, youth groups, etc. due to it's ease of top-rope set up. On the Western side of the park along Old Mine Road there's several small outcrops and slabs offering some fun climbing. This park is maintained by the National Park Service. Their office is located on the Western side of the park in Bushkill PA.

Mount Tammany: Most of the climbing here is single or multi-pitch and requires traditional climbing protection. Some routes have bolts on them but in very "unprotectable" or runout sections. Several bolted rappel stations exist here and are well maintained by local climbers. A standard rack of stoppers/nuts, cams up to 3 inch and a small set of tri-cams is perfect for almost every route. Some of the more technical routes may require some aid hooks or a larger cam so reference the route description/beta for details.

Ricks Rocks: This is all top-roping and single-pitch climbing in this section. This section sees a lot of traffic during the summer months due to it's quick access to the road and parking and also it's ease of set up to climb. Bring a long static line to set up anchors here as the boulders, trees and bolts are set back 25 to 40 feet from the cliff edge.

Guidebooks for the area: Falcon Guide: Rock Climbing in New Jersey by Paul Nick and Neil JA Sloane 2000
                                              Garden State Climbing by Joseph Vulpis 2018
                                              Out of print guidebooks but can still be found: Climbing Guide to the Delaware Water Gap by Michael Steele
                                                                                                                                Rock & Ice in the Gap by Hugh Dougher
Where to stay while here: Several campgrounds can be found in the area: Worthington State Forest Campground, Family Campground, Taylor Campground. There's also several Inns: Stoneybrook Inn, Dear Head Inn, Shawnee Inn, Camelback Resort.

Parking: For Mount Tammany you can park in the Appalachian Trail parking area on Interstate 80 or the Interstate 80 rest stop right next to it. Do NOT park along Interstate 80. For Ricks Rocks there's a designated parking pull-off for climber access. Info on that can be found on the Ricks Rocks page.

Great history video of the area! DWG Video

Getting There

Mount Tammany: The Mount Tammany climbing section, the Southern end of the park in NJ, can be accessed by parking in 3 locations. You can park in the Kittatinny Point Visitor's Center on the South side of Interstate 80, you can park in the circular Appalachian Trail parking lot on the North side of Interstate 80 or you can park in the Interstate 80 rest stop located right next to (East) the Appalachian Trail lot. Do not park along Interstate 80 in this section. The NJ State Police and NJ DOT will tow your vehicle.

Ricks Rocks: This section of the park can be accessed by traveling West from State Route 94 out of Blairstown along Millbrook Road toward the Kittatinny Ridge. Google Map Link

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Classic Climbing Routes at Delaware Water Gap NRA

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 38
The Rib
Trad 2 pitches
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 44
Triumverate
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 6
Cryptic Chimney
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 8
Princeton Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 12
Shadow Line
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 11
Tanemund
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 4
Proboscis
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 7
Mr. Mantis the Podiatrist
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 12
Blairstown Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 7
Black Wall
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Double Overhang
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 10
corkscrew
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 3
Tree Toad Fracture
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 3
Free Radical
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Rib Mt.Tammany > Triumverate Wall
 38
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 2 pitches
Triumverate Mt.Tammany > Triumverate Wall
 44
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 2 pitches
Cryptic Chimney Mt.Tammany > Triumverate Wall
 6
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Princeton Crack Ricks Rocks
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Shadow Line Mt.Tammany > Triumverate Wall
 12
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Tanemund Mt.Tammany > Triumverate Wall
 11
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Proboscis Ricks Rocks
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Mr. Mantis the Podiatrist Ricks Rocks
 7
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Blairstown Crack Ricks Rocks
 12
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Black Wall Mt.Tammany > Black Wall
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Double Overhang Mt.Tammany > Double Overhang Area
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
corkscrew Mt.Tammany > Great Arch
 10
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Tree Toad Fracture Mt.Tammany > Great Arch
 3
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Death Don't Have No Mercy Mt.Tammany > Death Don't Have No M…
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Free Radical Ricks Rocks
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad, TR
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