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Little Scandinavia Rock Climbing 


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Location: 40.85045, -77.82207 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mark Mattson on Nov 2, 2016
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BETA PHOTO: Approaching the main climbing area from the stream...

Description 

Not world-class climbing, but close to State College and PSU.

Top Rope, Bouldering, Possible Trad.

Cliff runs parallel to Spring Creek on the opposite side from Rock Rd. There are multiple faces along the cliff. Around 50ft in most places. The rock in some areas is pretty crumbly and hard on the hands. Good trees for top-rope anchors at the top of the cliff with easy access from around the sides of the cliff.

At this point only the large bowl-like section of the wall on the far right (when facing the cliff) has been climbed. There are 4 established routes there. Still a lot of unexplored climbs at Little Scandinavia!

Will be putting up photos showing the 4 established routes soon.

Getting There 

From Penn State and State College take Fox Hallow Rd to Fox Hill Rd NE and go past the University Park Airport. Take a right on Rock Rd. Follow Rock Rd down the hill and park in the parking lot at the bottom of the hill where the road curves.

To cross Spring Creek there is a shallow area to the right of the parking lot when looking at the creek. It is an easy wade across the creek (knee high water). The bridge to the left of the parking lot is a restricted area.

To get to the large bowl-like section of the wall where the established routes are, follow the wall to the right after crossing the creek. You will know it when you see it. There is a little clearing of the trees in this area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.1 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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By Andy P.
From: Wisconsin
Nov 15, 2016
I was roadtripping by on I-80 and decided to stop by for an hour for some TR solo. The access is really easy, just take off your shoes and go for it across the creek. The rocks are not exceedingly slippery but it would be nice if people started stashing some walking stick/branches on each side of the creek. Top of the cliff is easily accessed and there are big enough trees that I felt comfortable with a simple single point anchor.

I found the climbing to be harder than I expected, especially the first half of the cliff, I didn't climb a line that I felt was under 5.10 (although after the halfway point there are plenty of sub-5.10 options). Topping out looks almost impossible right now due to slippery dirt/soil/shrubs up top. Granted, I did not have a lot of time to work out the moves and find the holds (the color of the rock and moss/lichen make it almost impossible to see tick marks). It looks from the bottom to be really enjoyable horizontal ledges but I had trouble getting my feet to stick so I got super pumped very quickly and really flailed a lot. Maybe some cleaning of the rock face would make it a bit better; as for now it is awesome that a 5.10 leader can come here and get a good pump in.

Despite some dirtyness, I really enjoyed the climbs. I did a bit of cleaning of shrubbery growing out of the side of the wall and I also knocked down a couple of loose rocks. But, there is still plenty of development potential here, especially to the left of the bowl. I took a couple of pics and will try to post later.

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