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The Library Rock Climbing 

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Location: 41.14674, -76.13818 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jarred Cleerdin on Aug 7, 2009
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BETA PHOTO: Urine Over Your Head


40 foot tall great climbing one of the last places to dry since it only gets 3 hours of direct sun

Getting There 

In Mocanaqua near the bridge, park by the sewage treatment plant at the end of the road. From the parking lot, with the plant on your left, walk back to your right over the train tracks past the gravel. Take the 4WD path to the right, and keep to the right, passing Paradise and the Rambo wall on your left.

Go straight across the quarry (no not keep left by the cliff band) until you reach the Library.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Library

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Library:
Cornflake Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Block, Back Side
Urine Over Your Head   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Block, Front Side
Brass Monkey   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Block, Back Side
Lavwelle Latte   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Block, Back Side
Stairway to Heaven   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Rear Wall
Grey Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Block, Back Side
Great Expectations   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Block, Back Side
Flamer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Main Block, Back Side
Thunderstud   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   Rear Wall
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Thunderstud 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : ... : Rear Wall
Some balancing skill takes you to the third bolt crux, can be done statically but a tricky dyno gets the job done. The climbing eases after the crux but is still sustained. Coerce your partner to lead it first to brush off the spider webs. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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By kenr
May 24, 2014
I think it will be helpful to divide the routes for the Library into three sections -- because it's a bit complicated. The main thing you see when approaching from Paradise is the large detached block. Then when you get there you discover a corridor behind the block, between the 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.
So it makes sense to have these three sections:

  • Frontside (? or Outside?) : the west side of the detached block (visible on the approach from Paradise, away from the corridor. This section would include some climbs which are on the north end of the detached block (because they're on the west side of the widest entrance to the corridor). - . (includes Darling Dainty Feet, Nuclear Arms, Urine Over Your Head, Tales from the Crimpt)

  • Backside : the east side of the detached block (which is the west wall of the corridor). - . (includes Book of Four Words, Easy Day for a Layback, Lavwelle Latte, Flamer, Brass Monkey, Grey Face, Cornflake Crack, Warmup Route)

  • Rear Wall : the east wall of the corridor (not on the detached block at all). - . (includes Pine Line, K B, Stairway to Heaven, Thunderstud/Thunderbolt)
By Justin Johnsen
From: Nor Cal
May 30, 2014
Ken, done. I shuffled these into three new areas, and assigned them to you as owner!

I used the name "Main Block" from the Holzman guide book. Other than that, I followed your suggestions.
By kenr
Dec 26, 2015
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.

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.

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