Type: Trad, 80 ft
FA: Gary Hemming, Art Gran, Roger Chorley, 1958
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WARNING: a ground-nest of yellowjackets is in the blocks immediately opposite the start of the route. Avoid those blocks, and put your packs down well to climbers' right.

An excellent 5.6 pitch that marks the leftmost of the densest, highest quality climbing in the Nears. Beyond this the rock quality drops dramatically.

Start about 100' left of Birdland, at a slabby left-facing corner above a chest-high bulge.

P1: Make a tough bouldery move over the bulge into the corner (v1). Continue up the corner (v2), go right under a roof , and climb a steep wall capped by a small roof (pin) to bolted anchors. Good climbing all the way up. 5.6, 80'.

There is a second pitch but most find it "a safari".  

v1.  The face to the right of the start can be TR'd at 5.11
v2.  From the stance above the corner, head left to finish on a hand crack splitting a ceiling, then right back towards the anchors;  5.8+ G/PG.


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Mount Joy, PA
jeremyadams   Mount Joy, PA
The second pitch is a safari. I gave it a go one time and found myself pulling on vegetation while my feet were skittering off dirty holds. It's too bad, really, because the rock was not awful, although the moves are not particularly memorable. Jan 5, 2007
There's an interesting roof variation to GGG. The variation can be seen from the ground. About 3/4 the way up to the top, to the left of the regular route, you will see a roof with a crack. Traverse over to the roof and pull it at the crack. This variation is not in my (Swain) guidebook. It is well protected and goes at about 8+.

One word of warning. I told a friend about the variation and he warned me about a possible loose block up there. I don't remember any questionable rock. Jul 17, 2008

There is indeed a loose block above - as in, you're standing just after having pulled - the crux roof on the variation. It's fairly loose, but fairly obviously loose. You'll want to place pro to protect follower(s) climbing through the roof, so take care to place it well above the loose block and you'll be fine. Jul 20, 2008
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
The first pitch is fun, with the crux move right off the ground. The gear is great, the moves even better. I found the second pitch fun as well. It's not too well traveled, so beware of grassy ledges, lichen etc.

There are two variations to this climb, a 5.10 and a 5.8. The 5.10 traverses left before you climb on the pedestal and climb the corner, clear that and climb the 5.8 variation over a small roof. Both variations protect well. Jul 27, 2008
Spiro Spiro
Spiro Spiro  
stop at the first pitch, second pitch is a safari. Oct 10, 2008
Mark Roth
Mark Roth   Boulder
There is a fun 5.11 variation a few feet right of the start. Might as well top rope it while you are here... Really just a tall boulder problem, and being tall is also helpful. Apr 7, 2011
Neil Steinert
Neil Steinert   Hamilton
I liked the 2nd pitch (it is grassy with lichen). The first pitch is better and more cruxy in my opinion. Jun 17, 2012
San Pedro, California
Benjaminadk   San Pedro, California
The 5.8 variation is cool. Didnt notice the loose block today but it may still be there. Very good gear and monster jugs and a no hands rest after. On the easy side of gunks 8. No harder than Shockley's crux and kind of similar now that I think about it. Nov 10, 2014
Newark, DE
Torren   Newark, DE
I climbed both pitches last weekend. Pitch one is pretty awesome and pitch two was ok. P2 is pretty grassy for the last 30 feet. However, if it is your last climb of the day it makes for an easy walk off back to the west trapps lot if you don't leave stuff at the base. I just ran it out though the last bit so climbing was not that much slower then rapping down and walking out from the base. Oct 14, 2015
TONS of gear available on 1st pitch.
Would be a good one to send a new leader up (provided they can climb comfortably at the grade) just because there are so many gear placement opportunities. May 1, 2016
David Kerkeslager
New Paltz, NY
David Kerkeslager   New Paltz, NY
I'm not sure why people are so excited about the protection on this climb, as there's definitely ground fall potential at the beginning crux and only mediocre gear for the next few moves. Granted, it's not a far fall, but definitely enough to sprain/break an ankle. If you're climbing hard enough to consider this a G, you're climbing hard enough that this climb will bore you.

If this is a climb at your grade, I'd do the beginning of this when you're bouldering in the area. The nice (V0+ or V1-) boulder problem at the beginning is the most fun part of the climb, and that's better protected by a boulder pad than by gear. Sep 5, 2017

You can absolutely protect the first move with meaningful gear, and I do it every time. Sep 5, 2017