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The Narrows

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L to R R to L Alpha
45 MPH 
Air Mattress S 
Banana  
Center Pillar 
Cigar 
Dead Deer Gully  
Evil Twin 
Homeland Insecurity 
Left Corner 
Locktenders T 
Main Flow 
Main Gully 
Pencil  
Rubber Sheets S 
Specific Gravity S 

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The Narrows 


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Tanya Chupa climbing Main Gully Left, Dec. 18 2013

Description 

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.


15 Total Routes


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The Classics

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

Main Flow WI4  PA : 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 PA

Photos of The Narrows Slideshow Add Photo
Matt Linnane leading up the Center Headwall of Main Gully.
Matt Linnane leading up the Center Headwall of Mai...
The Palisades or Narrows seen from the power plant, Central Headwall, Banana, Pencil and Main Gully are left to right. When the plant ran you could climb all night, no headlamp required!
The Palisades or Narrows seen from the power plant...
Ross Purnell Finishing up on Left Corner
Ross Purnell Finishing up on Left Corner
Mike cleaning first pitch of Main Flow, WI4. The Narrows, PA. February 2011.
Mike cleaning first pitch of Main Flow, WI4. The N...
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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 NEice.com 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.

www.iceclimbingforums.com/forumdisplay.php?7-Condition-Repor>>>

By Jonathan hudson
From: baltimore, MD
Feb 14, 2014

Also check out the Facebook page DC, MD, VA, WV and PA Ice Climbing Conditions