Type: Trad, Ice, 130 ft
FA: Griz?
Page Views: 238 total · 5/month
Shared By: Jeffrey Dunn on Feb 16, 2015
Admins: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, SCPC

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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

Description

A good long pitch starting just right of the main parking area that accesses Hidden Gully.

Location

Walk 50 ft right of the main parking area. Bask in the glory of roadside ice climbing in PA.

Protection

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.

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Rob Griz
Frisco
Rob Griz   Frisco
ME was most likely climbed way back in the days of “good ice”, before my stint in the Narrows so I would not be the FA for this route. I had discretely bolted it to afford marginal passage into the Hidden Amp to access the fun routes up in there due to consistent poor ice formation. In a potential heavy ice year, the bolts would disappear but mostly you will find hidden bolts under ledges where ankle-breaker falls are possible. It can be a great techy and legit pitch with thin ice and mixed terrain. Nov 24, 2018