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Prow Area

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L to R R to L Alpha
Chet’s Children 
cousin IT 
Dark side aka Teachers Pet 
Prow, The 
Serenity Crack 
Vigilante (aka Warm-up Crack) 
Vigilante Direct 
White Dwarf 

Prow Area Rock Climbing 

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Getting to the Prow area involves a bit of a hike but it’s worth the effort. The area offers some of Gretna’s most inspiring lines and has quality problems across grades. Either hike straight in and warm up on the aptly named Warm Up Crack (V1) and Chet’s Children (V2) or project the area and send the classic Islander (V6) and Prow (V6). While you’re there be sure to check out the surprisingly good IT (V4) and crank out a few dozen laps on Serenity Crack(V0).

Most problems have good landings but a few wander so bring at least two pads.

Getting There 

Take trail beside nature center into the forest. At first three-way trail junction go Right. At second three-way junction go Right and head downhill a short way to third three-way junction. Go Left and follow white blazed trail for a while until you see the Highball boulder on left side of trail. Skirt around the backside of the Highball boulder and take the access trail leading uphill until the trail levels. Continue on the level ground for a few minutes until the trail winds into the Prow Area.

Climbing Season

For the Governor Dick Park (aka Mount Gretna) area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Prow Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Prow Area:
Serenity Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   
Vigilante (aka Warm-up Crack)   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   
Astroboy   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   
IT   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   
Dark side aka Teachers Pet   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   
Islander   V7-8 7B     Boulder   
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Featured Route For Prow Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Islander

Islander V7-8 7B  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : ... : Prow Area
Definitely worth a mention in any conversation debating the best route at Gretna, and could stack up against any area classic anywhere. Both the sit (V8) and the stand (V7) are amazing. The sit used to be V9 but a hold broke and brought it down a grade. No matter how you start it the top is tricky and there are a few different ways to do it. Whether you go with a heel hook, match, or all out dyno is up to you. No matter what you chose you'll be happy you stuck it. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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