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The Highball Rock Climbing 

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The highball boulder is probably the single largest chunk of diabase in Mt. Gretna or any of the surrounding outlying areas. It is an impressive boulder with many characters. This blocky boulder has proud, tall problems on each of its sides and aretes. There are three arete climbs, the best being Delerium Tremens (V5). The steep faces are flakey and friable, but there is a smooth, clean slab on the back and a wonderful easy crack. The slab is home to the perplexing and unrepeated problem Squeak (V tricky).

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

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Highball

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Highball:
The Original Route   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 18'   
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Delerium Tremens V5 6C  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : ... : The Highball
Delerium Tremens is the alluring east arete. Begin on the sidepulls at head height. High step, lock off on the gaston and reach to an edge. Get established on the face and climb up crimps leading to the obvious pinch on the arete. Snag the lip with the aid of a crimp on the other wall. The topout is easy, thankfully. The crux is the first move and gets progressively easier the higher one climbs. Until 2003 or so there was a tooth on the initial gaston that make it easier but more painful....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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By Robin Close
From: Columbia, Maryland
Jun 5, 2014
First ascent video of The Squeak (
By Robin Close
From: Columbia, Maryland
Jun 5, 2014
For some reason my first comment got cut off. Here's another video of a recent repeat of The Squeak, using slightly lower footholds for the traverse. (

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