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|Type:||Ice, 290 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 most reliable and popular ice climbing area at the Narrows. From the parking lot facing the cliff walk left about 100 yards. You will see a gully with ice coming down to the road. You will also be able to see a little bit of the head wall. The amphitheater has many different climbs. The Main Gully climb goes right up the center of the amphitheater. And consistently the last pitch is called the Center Head Wall.
Pitch 1: (WI2 160 ft) From the road climb up to chains on the left where you can belay, you can also use a tree. The chains are kinda tucked in under a little roof.
Pitch 2: (WI2 130 ft) Continue up the gully until you see a big leaning rap tree with slings around it to the left. To the right will be chain anchors.
Pitch 3: (WI3 45 ft) This goes right up the middle of the head wall. Half way up it will look like the ice form almost a corner.
There are many different variations for the final pitch. Pick which ever one you want.
Many People solo these two pitches. When you rap make sure you are throwing ropes or knocking down ice chunks on top of them.