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|Type:||Ice, 330 ft, 3 pitches|
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|Shared By:||Ben Annibali on Feb 23, 2010|
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Beginning February 1st and lasting until July 31st, a section of the Nockamixon Cliffs Natural Area in Delaware Canal State Park will be CLOSED TO ALL ACTIVITY. Details
Beginning February 1st and lasting until July 31st, a section of the Nockamixon Cliffs Natural Area in Delaware Canal State Park will be CLOSED ALL ACTIVITY. This closure is to protect an endangered species nesting area during its most sensitive time. As a governmental organization dedicated to land and environmental stewardship, it is our responsibility to ensure the best possible outcome for this species that has decided to nest in the area. In this case, recreation must take a backseat to wildlife conservation. Closed areas will be posted with signs; the closure is located in the middle of the cliffs, with areas at either end open to normal winter activities if conditions exist. Both Delaware Canal State Park and PA Game Commission officers will be enforcing this closure. Due to the species being protected by many laws, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, failure to comply with the closures could lead to very hefty fines - up to $5,000. We appreciate the understanding from the ice climbing community, as we recognize that many of you are environmental stewards yourselves and want to see these creatures flourish. So I appreciate your patience as we enter into a new mode of operation, and I thank you for helping the species by obeying the closure.
DescriptionThis is probably the best route at the Narrows. This can be done in 2 or three pitches. Most people do it in 3.
Pitch 1: About 70 feet and is maybe a WI3. At the top you can belay off a tree from the right or the left. There are no chains at the top of this pitch.
Pitch 2: This is about 75 feet and is the crux of the climb at a WI4. This is the pitch that comes in last. Make sure that you look from the road to see if the curtain/pillar is touching down.
Pitch 3: This is the final 185 foot pitch. When you get to the top you can either stop short at a ledge which will allow you to top rope or keep on going all the way up to the top.
Decent: Two double rope rappels will get you to the road. You can also walk over to Main Gully.