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Drifting Arrow 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 210'
Original:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Crossing on Jun 25, 2012

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Description 

P1 Move easily up the bottom of the practice wall, following a jagged crack to an indistinct groove to a belay on some trees.

P2 Move the belay 10 feet to the right below a left facing corner with a tree growing out of the base. Climb the left facing corner and face above, past a grassy ledge and slab above and belay at the obvious ledge.

P3 Climb straight up off the belay following a flaring hand crack which peters out onto a slab. Angle right and climb through a tree/shrub on low angled rock with poor gear aiming for a small ledge below the long roof system above you. Once on the ledge move right and place good gear in the crack and pull over the roof on good holds.

Location 

The climb begins about 15 feet left of the top of the trail from the cold air cave, below an obvious jagged hand-crack.
To descend, traverse carefully to the left corner of the buttress to a smallish tree with two rap-bolts. There is a tree with slings and rings about 20 feet above this rap station if you need to protect this approach. Rappel on a single 60m rope to a second set of rap-bolts hidden next to the second large tree below.

Protection 

Standard rack up to BD #2, small gear useful.


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By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Jun 26, 2012

Crux seemed stout for a 7. Felt on par w/ High Falls, but a bit lower quality.
By Brandon Hodakoski 1
From: East Stroudsburg, PA
Jul 16, 2016

Rock Climbing Photo: Finishing last pitch!
Finishing last pitch!
By Miles Tobin
From: Jacobstown, New Jersey
Feb 22, 2017

Can this be lead with mostly Nuts and hexes?
By Larry S
From: Easton, Pennsylvania
Feb 23, 2017

I'm sure it has been at some point, but your nutcraft better be good. I haven't revisited P1 and 2 in a long time, but I like to link into P3 from High Falls. The P3 crux is a committing move pulling out of an alcove right over a ledge, and I always protect it with a fingers size cam, getting a nut there could be tough. There also isn't much gear after the crux and as you top out. The picture above shows exiting left to a lower ledge instead of going straight up p3.

Also of note, this area is closed for falcon nesting till probably june. Go across the river to jersey.

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