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Location: VA : Old Rag : Reflector Oven
By: Larry S When: Mar 25, 2013

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Comments: The wall continues well past the popular area with strawberry fields. Walk along the wall till you reach a detached boulder with a 20' drop into a chimney (start of Chasm Crack). Head left along the face of the boulder to another gap with another large boulder. Climb up thru the gap and do some class 3/4 scrambling down the rubble between them. There are a number of shorter moderates back here. The aspect is southwest, so they get some very nice evening sun when the rest of the reflector ove... more >>


Location: VA : Old Rag : Reflector Oven : Loki (5.7 PG13)
By: Larry S When: Mar 25, 2013

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Comments: A nice line. Has a mossy green smear above the first bolt and could be a little wet above the second, but you can step over that part. Up to the first bolt protects ok with a 2tcu sized piece, and the horizontal between 1st and second takes either a small cam (.3 Camalot) or a 2" piece. I had to do some gardening with a nut tool to clear some dirt from the cracks. Nothing else needed aside from some draws.

Has 3 bolts for an anchor at the top. One is new, the other two are old rusty cold ... more >>


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Mocanaqua (Shickshinny) : Paradise
By: Larry S When: Mar 13, 2013

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Comments: They used to throw quarry/coal millings down these cliffs to dispose of them, as such, there's a great deal of loose rock at the top and there is no top access. Helmets are very advisable here as projectiles can come down even when noone's at the top. It's also worthwile to have some webbing and rap rings handy as the anchor situation isn't always good.

In general, the rock is solid and takes good gear. There are a number of old questionable bolts that could use replacement.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi
By: Larry S When: Feb 14, 2013

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Comments: I've had some contact with the NPS regarding the cliffline closure and the possibility of changing it to a partial closure. They did give the idea a very good bit of consideration, and were very forthcoming with the reasons they can't right now. The most important reason is they have yet to have a successful falcon nest, and they need to provide the best opportunity they can. In addition, the nesting location changes from year to year, they utilize multiple perches along the cliff, and the clo... more >>


Location: PA : South Central PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : f. Autumn Arch Sector : Locomotion (5.10a/b)
By: Larry S When: Jan 29, 2013

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Comments: A little awkward/chossy on the bottom, but things get great up at and after the roof. I don't recommend you try and clean it on rappel, you'll swing out into space over wonderama and chew your rope up in the process. Either lower and tram, or better, top rope thru the gear and then rappel.


Location: PA : South Central PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : f. Autumn Arch Sector : Autumn Arch (5.10b)
By: Larry S When: Jan 29, 2013

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Comments: This is such a good climb, I can't wait to climb it again. The bottom is often wet, but it's worth climbin thru it to get to that corner above.


Location: PA : South Central PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : Mental As Anything (5.9+)
By: Larry S When: Jan 29, 2013

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Comments: This is a great route, on of my favorites at safe harbor. Fun thoughtful moves the whole way.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : Photo (Copy)
By: Larry S When: Dec 19, 2012

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Comments: Captain, that's the NJ side of the water gap in the background - its got plenty of climbing. Look up Mt Tammany


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : f. Land of the Giants : Crackpot (5.4)
By: Larry S When: Dec 17, 2012

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Comments: I've been wondering what this climb was. Thanks Mike!


Location: AZ : Central Arizona : **Phoenix Areas : Superstition Mountains : Weavers Needle : West Chimney (5.0)
By: Larry S When: Dec 3, 2012

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Comments: Took my wife up this, the class 4 bits on the way up are not for a beginner, she did them like a champ. I say this because, given the 5.0 rating of this climb, you might be inclined to take a beginner up this.

We left the car a little late at 8:35, roped up at 11:15, got the summit by 1:45, back at the base by 3:30, and back to the car in darkness at 6.

We roped up at an obvious spot 60' below the pipe. The first pipe has a decent bolt. We belayed here and I ran up to and under the chocks... more >>


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Easy Overhang (5.2)
By: Larry S When: Nov 12, 2012

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Comments: The anchor/rap station shared w/ son of easy o seems to have been replaced recently. 3 good looking angle pitons with chains. Still lots of loose gravel at the top, so be mindfull of those below if you opt for the top out.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : i. High E : High Exposure (5.6) : Photo
By: Larry S When: Nov 6, 2012

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Comments: Hah! that's great that you can tell it's high-E just from the sign.


Location: PA : Southeastern Lowlands : Haycock Mountain (Nockamixo... : Caves Trail West : 3-Star (V1)
By: Larry S When: Oct 15, 2012

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Comments: You can get too and from this route via the top rock trail between hanger 18 and area 51 easier than from the caves trail. After you re-enter the woods from the brush-field that was clear-cut a few years ago heading towards area 51, walk a few hundred feet and look for white splotches painted on the trees to your right. If you follow these (there is no trail, just bushwacking) and trend a bit left off of them, after about 200 yards, you'll end up at the top of 3 star. It's tough if you've nev... more >>


Location: PA : Southeastern Lowlands : Birdsboro Quarry : 6. Big Wall : Batman (5.11)
By: Larry S When: Sep 17, 2012

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Comments: Between the first and second bolt, the rope always runs behind a flake/arete. It's easy for the belayer to unclip the first bot to solve the problem, but if your leader takes a big fall, the belayer will get pulled off the belay ledge towards Laid Back and end up hanging in space. Recommend tethering the belayer to the tombstone block on the left.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : f. Land of the Giants : Surprise (5.4 PG13)
By: Larry S When: Sep 17, 2012

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Comments: Replaced the sling-salad at the very top rap tree yesterday. Installed some beefy 1/4" galv steel cable. It's got two redundant loops routed thru hose to protect the tree and some 1/2" quicklinks.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : d. Cat Wall : Pussytoes (5.5)
By: Larry S When: Sep 16, 2012

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Comments: Climb the middle of the cat wall starting right where the "Cat Walk" traverse to the practice face begins. There is a bolted belay next to a medium size tree directly above, halfway up the wall. It is 5.5, but you may have to hunt for the 5.5 moves, a direct line will be a bit harder. Gear in the beginning seemed sparse, better up high.

For P2, the crux is right off the belay ledge. Start just left of the belay/tree and move up in an alcove, Get good gear and pull the overhang, then sprint... more >>


Location: PA : South Central PA : Safe Harbor
By: Larry S When: Sep 7, 2012

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Comments: minquatrails - I think there has been some discussion of this over on the facebook page for safe harbor. If you ask there you usually get a quick reply from Eric Horst. I think the summary is the town is supposed to acquire the land sometime soon, but they don't have a usable bridge from south to north, so once they do that will need to be built, otherwise the only access is from a trailhead 4 miles north.


Location: PA : Southeastern Lowlands : Birdsboro Quarry : 9. Giant Wall (Long Slabs) : Virgin Suicides (5.9+)
By: Larry S When: Aug 21, 2012

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Comments: At the intermediate anchor, two (of the 4 total) bolts are a bit loose. If someone could bring a wrench with them next time their on this, they could use a little tightening.


Location: PA : Southeastern Lowlands : Birdsboro Quarry : 8. West Wall
By: Larry S When: Aug 20, 2012

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Comments: The tree the bottom of the fixed line was tied to has fallen as well. The rope has been cut in the middle and is core-shot near the top. The wooden stairs where the bottom of the rope used to be are getting eroded underneath. This approach really needs some love.


Location: NY : Adirondacks : Lake George Region : Rogers Rock
By: Larry S When: Aug 3, 2012

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Comments: I see some comments about wanting 2 ropes for the rap (little finger). anyone know how essential this is? I'm going to be travelling thru on a motorcycle and won't have space for a second rope.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : ... : Snow White and the Seven Dw... (5.9)
By: Larry S When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: by AEM june 2nd, 2012:
There is a hornets nest just below the 4th bolt on 7 Dwarves, right behind the loose flake with the X on it. Nasty buggers got me 3 times before I could downclimb. Its possible to avoid the nest by traversing to the right on lichen covered ledges. Time to add a can of raid to the rack, along with pruners, bug spray, wire brush, machete....


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : ... : Snow White and the Seven Dw... (5.9)
By: Larry S When: Jul 16, 2012

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Comments: Right now, the first bolt above the ledge is a spinner. I was unable to move the nut w/o a wrench, so it's not likely to fall off. The hardware is all high quality stainless and well spaced after the first bolt, but a few of them could have been installed better. At least one has the stud sunk in too far so not all the threads on the nut are engaged.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : c. The Practice Face
By: Larry S When: Jun 26, 2012

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Comments: You can rappel from the top of the practice face down a bolted rappel line with a single 60m rope.

From the top, traverse carefully to the left corner of the buttress to a smallish tree with two rap-bolts by it's base. The bolts are hidden behind some rock, so it's tough to find. There is a tree with slings and rings about 20 feet above this rap station if you need to protect this approach (it is loose/slippery). Rappel on a single 60m rope to a second set of rap-bolts hidden next to the sec... more >>


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : c. The Practice Face : Drifting Arrow (5.7+)
By: Larry S When: Jun 26, 2012

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Comments: Crux seemed stout for a 7. Felt on par w/ High Falls, but a bit lower quality.


Location: PA : Northeast Ridges and Valley... : Delaware Water Gap (PA) : Mount Minsi : c. The Practice Face : High Falls (5.8+)
By: Larry S When: Jun 25, 2012

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Comments: The bottom between the ledge and the corner, and the top above the last ledge could use a little cleaning, but the middle bit is very high quality for a route at the gap. There is (currently) a shoebox size flake/block on the face at the start of the crux that you can really wrap your hand around, but be carefull, it's a bit loose. The traverse after the crux is not to be missed.


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