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Upper Matrix Rock Climbing 

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Packed with classic problems and great landings, the Upper Matrix is worth hiking to. Plus, combining your trip with a visit to the nearby Matrix area gives you access to a ton of problems across the grades - a one stop shop for all your bouldering needs!

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 following cairns past the Prow Area until you come to the Upper Matrix area.

Climbing Season

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

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Matrix

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Matrix:
Porcelain   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   
Reunion   V5 6C     Boulder, 1 pitch, 10'   
Needle to the Vein   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   
Year of the Dragon   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Year of the Dragon

Year of the Dragon V6 7A  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : ... : Upper Matrix
Year of the Dragon is a bit of an anomaly for Mt. Gretna. It climbs a slightly overhanging face on, gasp, actual holds! Plus, the sequence is not cryptic. Start sitting on two crimps. Backstep and work up solid, small crimps to the obvious, beckoning sloping pinch. This hold is one of the best in all of Mt. Gretna. Slap out left around the slight corner to a sidepull. Keep it together and squeeze the right arete to topout. I always felt that it helped to be tall for this problem. I could...[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

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