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Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, 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 : 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 : Birdsboro Quarry : i. 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 : Birdsboro Quarry : h. 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 : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : 2. High Wall Center : 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 : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : 2. High Wall Center : 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 : Delaware Water Gap NRA, 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 : Delaware Water Gap NRA, 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 : Delaware Water Gap NRA, 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.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi
By: Larry S When: Jun 15, 2012

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Comments: Minsi is back in business, they're re-opening it tomorrow (6/16/12). They believe the peregrine nest is empty/failed. The nest was on the climb "Raptor of the Steep", which is next to "Hell and High Water". If you notice any nesting activities, call Al Ambler @ (570) 296-6952 x 22 and let them know.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi
By: Larry S When: Jun 13, 2012

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Comments: Still closed, looks as though the nest failed, unfortunately - but no one has been up the cliff to peek in and verify; they're judging based on the activity of the pair at the nest. They may be re-opening the cliff this coming weekend.


Location: PA : Birdsboro Quarry : d. Zorro Face : Face is Great - Choss is Of... (5.8+)
By: Larry S When: May 29, 2012

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Comments: If you climb the choss in the corner, it's much easier than 5.8.


Location: PA : Birdsboro Quarry : b. Orange Sunshine Wall : Sultans of Swing (5.6)
By: Larry S When: May 29, 2012

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Comments: Climb easily up the left slab past 4 bolts to anchors with rings.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi
By: Larry S When: Apr 26, 2012

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Comments: Just called Al to verify, the raptor closure is still in-effect, and they believe that that have eggs in the nest. Climb on the other side of the river at Mt. Tammany.


Location: PA : Birdsboro Quarry
By: Larry S When: Apr 10, 2012

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Comments: Pete - the local police occasionally use the quarry as a gun range. A 60m rope will do fine with the lower offs on the big wall - It's not really two pitches... it's just got first anchors and second anchors. The long slabs are two real pitches, you need to do two raps if you do both.


Location: NY : The Gunks : The Trapps : c. Frog's Head - the Arch : Bloody Bush (5.7)
By: Larry S When: Mar 23, 2012

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Comments: I thought it was a bit easier than most 6's, like Moonlight or Frog's Head. Also, i found the belays to be a bit funky - do what Neil says above, it works out nicely. The second belay near the tree with the detached block. Rap from the tree or do a short little scramble 3rd pitch to the top and do 3 raps from bolted anchors on Ribs/Calisthenic.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : There Goes the Hood (5.7)
By: Larry S When: Mar 10, 2012

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Comments: Appears the bolts have pretty recently been replaced with some glue-ins. The last one looks a little funky.


Location: PA : Delaware Water Gap NRA, PA : Mount Minsi : h. The High Wall : 3. High Wall Right : Osprey (5.6 PG13)
By: Larry S When: Feb 26, 2012

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Comments: Climbed this again today... New recommended strategy - 2 pitches - belay on the decent ledge just above the first crux (30 feet above the normal first pitch belay).


Location: PA : Haycock Mountain (Nockamixo... : Hangar 18 : Unknown2 (V2)
By: Larry S When: Feb 19, 2012

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Comments: This is on the last boulder before the trail exits into the clear-cut section. If you're facing in from the clearing, it's on the right hand side, traversing left.


Location: PA : Haycock Mountain (Nockamixo... : Hangar 18 : Bubblegum (V3)
By: Larry S When: Feb 19, 2012

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Comments: Starts at an entrance to a cave under the boulder on an microwave sized block. Move left out the horizontal, then back right up the seam/gaston. Immediately to the right of this problem is a line of heavily chalked juggy holds that belong to the unnamed warmup problem (V0+)


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector : Safe Harbor Direct (5.9+)
By: Larry S When: Dec 20, 2011

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Comments: Apparently, when you hit the crux, if you head Left to the arete the climb is in the 5.7 area, and if you head right and up then traverse back left using the diagonaling crack, it's around 5.8. The true 5.9+ goes straight up the blank face.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : b. Electric Co. Sector : Lost Boys (5.10b)
By: Larry S When: Dec 5, 2011

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Comments: The mini guide over at safeharborclimbing.com lists this as 10d, i think the rating of this and Jump Start next to it are backwards, as this is definitely easier of the 2.

Edit - After talking to a local, this is traditionally a 5.9.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : Le Eaglet (5.7)
By: Larry S When: Dec 5, 2011

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Comments: This can be lead on gear and makes a good intro for those looking to transition from sport to trad.


Location: PA : Safe Harbor : Safe Harbor South : j. Hydroman Sector : Le Eaglet (5.7)
By: Larry S When: Dec 5, 2011

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Comments: More info on the bad anchor - it is the Left anchor bolt pulls out. It cannot be tightened and probably needs to be replaced. Due to the angle it's placed it's probably OK for a downward pull. The other bolt seems solid. Be Careful.


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