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ekoostkclimb


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Climbing around Indiana, Pa?  (North_America: United_States: Pennsylvania)
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I may be going to Graduate School at this institution, but I can't find anything to climb Frown Does anyone know of anything in the area?


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Head down to Connellsville/Dunbar, there is a lot to climb down there and probably only about a 1-2 hour drive, maybe less heading down 119. Seneca is about 3 hours or so. McConnell Mills is about 90 minutes.


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hey ekoostclimb,

climbing around the area is almost nil but like there are areas around, like the other guy said.

IUP does have an Outing Club. The go rock climbing, backpacking, rafting, etc. and they are going climbing to the New River on April 24th and 25th. this forum has some more info but attending a meeting is cool too. they meet in keith hall room 233 at 9pm on Mondays. http://outingclub.19.forumer.com/


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You have to drive a little for good stuff.
The other poster is right Connelsville and Dunbar has tons of stuff. You can also drive out to Heshbon, Diltown, Windber, and areas around Jtown.
Its a bit of a drive too but there is some so so stuff near Dubois and in Karthaus also.


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*the heshbon and diltown areas are bouldering. a top rop can be set up on a few spots but are only 30ft at the highest point which isn't worth the work.

If you are looking at Derry Rocks, it is closed. You will be fined for tresspassing. The game commission patrols this area and will fine climbers.

Bilger's Rocks seems to be the closest. Going tomorrow but haven't been there yet.


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roclimb wrote:
You have to drive a little for good stuff.
The other poster is right Connelsville and Dunbar has tons of stuff. You can also drive out to Heshbon, Diltown, Windber, and areas around Jtown.
Its a bit of a drive too but there is some so so stuff near Dubois and in Karthaus also.
My in-laws live in Dilltown and I travel there often., can you give me more info about the climbing in Dilltown/Johnstown etc...?


synrock


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roclimb wrote:
You have to drive a little for good stuff.
The other poster is right Connelsville and Dunbar has tons of stuff. You can also drive out to Heshbon, Diltown, Windber, and areas around Jtown.

The Heshbon area is called ghost town. And despite what roclimb said about the area on his web page...

"Some of the rock is decent quality; some of the rock
is unclean. Overall some halfway decent rock if you live close. Not a major destination."

Of course he hasn't been there when wrote that.

Ghost town not only has the "best" rock in the northeast but also the greatest number of really classic boulder problems in the northeast (around 200+). And now that Matt Bosley and his crew have discovered the area it probably also has the greatest number of hard (over v10) problems in the state as well.

So Rob - it really feels good when you let your animosity and smug attitude guide you to put into writing stuff that future climbers can look back on and say with certainty - "you had no idea what you were talking about."

LOL LOL LOL

Oh - my point here is that Indiana is very close to the 2 best bouldering areas in the northeast. Best being defined as concentration and quality of problems.


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synrock wrote:

So Rob - it really feels good when you let your animosity and smug attitude guide you to put into writing stuff that future climbers can look back on and say with certainty - "you had no idea what you were talking about."

LOL LOL LOL

Oh the ethics! I mean irony.Unsure


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I have no problem with animosity and smugness - as long as it doesn't blind you to the facts or keep you from learning the facts. I've been saying what a great area Ghost town was for many years now - and Rob - who has never been there - was dismissive because of his animosity toward me and smugness that he knows everything there is to to know about pennsylvania climbing. Now that people are actually visiting the place and seeing what a great climbing destination it is - I have no compunction about throwing out all the smugness in the universe. And my animosity is only directed toward HIS animosity. Not him personally.


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well said


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Wow everyone has been incredibly helpful. Thanks. One question, does ghost town have a lot of top roping or is it mostly bouldering?


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It's bouldering. We have never done any top roping there, although I guess you could on some of the larger boulders with trees on top. The majority of the tall lines have been bouldered ground up or are projects. Please no bolts. Hope that helps.


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Can I get more info on stuff in dilltown? Any top roping? Also does anyone know anything about this: http://www.mountainzone.com/mountains/detail.asp?fid=2369456


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synrock


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difficult to get to - private property - let me know if you have any luck finding access.


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I've only found some really chossy small boulders near dilltown, but I could be missing something...although I've done a fair bit of exploring around there.


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Suncliff is nothing more than a glorified shale cliff. People rap there but there is not rock climbing. The trails used for access to the bottom are sketchy at best and can give way, I have experience in this one. Shale sucks. keep going north and you will get to Bilger's. Cool place. Kind of like a mini Mills.


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