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The Narrows Rock Climbing 

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The Narrows, located in Kintnersville, PA is home to maybe the best ice climbing in Pennsylvania. This area is filled with 400 foot high Brunswick Shale and has reliable routes. There is convenient parking which offers practically no approach. If it happens to snow a lot make sure to bring a shovel to get into the parking lot. Over the winter, this summer choss pile turns into a pretty great place considering it's in PA, but still be careful, theirs still plenty of loose rock.

The three most popular and most reliable routes are, Main Flow, Main Gully and Dead Deer Gully.

Getting There 

From Knitnersville at the intersection of State Highway 611 and State Highway 32, turn onto State Highway 32 and drive about 5 miles.You will start to see some ice along side the road. You will see a dirt parking lot on the right and an abandoned factory on the left across the river.
From there it is a matter of walking along the road to get to the climbs. At the parking area you will be in between Main Gully and Dead Dear Gully. Facing the cliff Main Gully will be to the Left and Dead Dear Gully will be to the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Narrows

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Narrows:
Main Flow   WI4     Ice, 3 pitches, 330'   
Main Gully   WI2-3     Ice, 3 pitches, 290'   
Left Corner   WI3     Ice, 110'   
Homeland Insecurity   WI4     Ice, 3 pitches   
Dead Deer Gully    WI3     Ice, 3 pitches, 350'   
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Featured Route For The Narrows
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Weiss on what we called Central Headwall

Main Flow WI4  Pennsylvania : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : The Narrows
This is probably the best route at the Narrows. This can be done in 2 or three pitches. Most people do it in 3. Pitch 1: About 70 feet and is maybe a WI3. At the top you can belay off a tree from the right or the left. There are no chains at the top of this pitch. Pitch 2: This is about 75 feet and is the crux of the climb at a WI4. This is the pitch that comes in last. Make sure that you look from the road to see if the curtain/pillar is touching down. Pitch 3: This is the final 185 foot pitch....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

Photos of The Narrows Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Linnane leading up the Center Headwall of Mai...
Matt Linnane leading up the Center Headwall of Mai...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tanya Chupa climbing Main Gully Left, Dec. 18 2013
Tanya Chupa climbing Main Gully Left, Dec. 18 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Ross Purnell Finishing up on Left Corner
Ross Purnell Finishing up on Left Corner
Rock Climbing Photo: The Palisades or Narrows seen from the power plant...
The Palisades or Narrows seen from the power plant...

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By Ben Woodworth
Oct 23, 2013
When do these climbs usually come in? Or rather, how long does the weather need to be consistently cold for these climbs to come in? I live in Utah but am from PA and will be visiting my family this winter. Wondering if I should bring my ice gear.
By SinRopa
From: parts unknown
Dec 7, 2013
FYI - Locals do a good job of updating conditions under the PA forum on once the ice is in. Once it gets close you'll see a lot of "is X climb in?" posts. Good resource if you're planning on visiting/passing through early/late in the season.
By Jonathan hudson
From: baltimore, MD
Feb 14, 2014
Also check out the Facebook page DC, MD, VA, WV and PA Ice Climbing Conditions
By Jeffrey Dunn
Mar 3, 2015
Just a heads up, the main parking lot is subject to rockfall. I had heard (and expected as much) but this weekend we were socializing about 20 ft away from a car that got its windshield smashed. It was still well below freezing so its not just during warm-up's. There appears to be some degrading rock below the upper roof.

Also, I have to note that the two times I was at the narrows this year, everyone did a stellar job parking and not leaving extra space. Props to the community for that.
By Doylestown Rock Gym
Jan 30, 2016
CLOSURE: Due to a endangered species nesting. This area will be closed from Feb 1 to July 31 per the park service. More information will be posted when it is received. Please obey this closure as to not impact our future access to the area.

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