Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Ice, 130 ft|
|Page Views:||231 total · 5/month|
|Shared By:||Jeffrey Dunn on Feb 16, 2015|
|Admins:||Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, SCPC|
Access Issue: 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.
A good long pitch starting just right of the main parking area that accesses Hidden Gully.
Walk 50 ft right of the main parking area. Bask in the glory of roadside ice climbing in PA.
The route has a few bolts, some of which can be hidden under the ice depending on conditions. The day the photo was taken the gear was a bolt, a stubby, a bolt, and a column sling. There is a bolt on the right about 30ft up and another can be found underneath the ice about 3 feet left of the crux (the first of two small curtain/columns). I was not able to find the other two in the conditions shown in my photo. Four pieces in 130 ft is sparce, but the rest of the route climbs much easier than the curtain/columns where the gear is better.