From the top of Metamorphisis. A really fun second...
Aka Second Mountain. Along the 322, just South of Dauphin, PA are two prominent buttresses named North Buttress and South Buttress (aka Linoy Buttress). The North Buttress has looser rock, some routes, but rarely if ever climbed upon. The bulk of the established routes are on the Southern buttress. This place is unique because you can/will climb through different layers of rock, different stone types. I've heard this place called a blend between the Gunks and Eldo Canyon, Colorado. Ill let you decide for yourself.
It is HIGHLY recommended you wear a helmet because there is loose rock. Some parties also bring radios because sometimes the traffic noise makes communication hard.
This place offers the rare (to PA) opportunity to multi-pitch "adventure" climb. There are numerous multi-pitch routes. Albeit routes were being established back in the 70s and has some fine, fun lines, it isn't climbed on that often any more (maybe that'll change?). Probably due to previous access issues.
This place is OPEN however consider it ACCESS SENSITIVE please! Your interactions with the locals, with the railroad companies do matter! Don't be "that guy" that fudges our sensitive access up.
On Second Mountain. From the 322 get off on the 443/Fishing Creek Valley Rd, head away from the river (East) and turn immediately onto Cemetery Rd. Follow this until its end and park in one of the pull offs or pull just off the road. People do live here PLEASE DO NOT block this road in any way. The railroad company commonly has their engineers/conductors/crew picked up here plus it is still a residential neighborhood.
A wonderfully fun climb. The second pitch is the "money" pitch for sure. P1 - climb straight up (make your way up) to a two bolted belay that sits just below the overhanging rock. P2 - you start immediately pulling the first overhang (protected by a bolt) and climb straight up through two vertical sections to the top. There is a large evergreen +/-15ft back from the cliffs edge (probably slung with webbing but don't count on it!) to belay and rappel from.Use your best judgement for the descent. ...[more]Browse More Classics in PA