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Main Block, Back Side

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Brass Arete S,TR 
Brass Monkey TR 
Cornflake Crack T 
Easy Day for a Layback TR 
Flamer S 
Great Expectations S,TR 
Grey Face S 
Grey Nose TR 
Lavwelle Latte S 
Murky Way, The S,TR 
Warm Up Route S 

Main Block, Back Side Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: kenr on May 30, 2014
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The west side of the interior corridor of the Library -- which is the east wall of the big detached block.

When approaching from Paradise, the main thing you see is the large detached block. Then when you get there you discover a corridor behind the block, between the main block and a "normal" non-detached cliff face. The corridor and the two main faces of the block all run roughly SSW to NNE. The widest and easiest entrance to the corridor is on its NNE end.

Getting There 

Parking is by the east bank of the Susquehenna River about half a mile north from the village of Mocanaqua (across the river from Shickshinny).
GPS latitude longitude approx (N41.1482 W76.1447).

Walk NNE through entrance gate to sewage treatment plant and onto dirt road. About 650 feet from parking the road climbs and curves around Right until going aiming South (N41.1500 W76.1426).
. . (Here bearing right SSW for 650 feet gentle, then curving to SE leads to the Paradise cliffs and the deep gravel pit, which is the shortest way to the Library on the other side of the pit).
The overall gentler way to the Library is to bear Left SSE uphill on dirt road, soon gentler SE, then curve to go E then ENE to a junction (N41.1483 W76.1370). Turn Right and go SW on dirt road then SSW to reach steep gravel slope (N41.1461 W76.1385). Turn off Left ESE and up steep to the north entrance of the Library.

Turn right SSW into the interior corridor, and the Back Wall of the Main Block is on the right side.

Estimating ...
+260 vertical feet uphill over 0.85 mile distance from Parking
. . (+80 meters uphill over 1.35 km distance).
Typical times for approach (gentler way) in the range of 15-30 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Block, Back Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Block, Back Side:
Cornflake Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Brass Monkey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   
Lavwelle Latte   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Grey Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Great Expectations   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Flamer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   
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Cornflake Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : ... : Main Block, Back Side
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By kenr
Aug 24, 2014
Bolts for "Easy Day for a Layback" (on the left of Lavwelle Latte) are missing hangers as of August 2014.
By kenr
Aug 24, 2014
Many people like to lead the (bolted) Warm Up Route to set up Top-Ropes for routes on this wall (also for routes on the Front wall of the main block).
Note that the lower half of that route is way harder than 5.6, and does have ledge-hit fall potential.

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