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alexiskai


Dec 31, 2011, 11:22 AM
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Anyone still climb at Emmaus?  (North_America: United_States: Pennsylvania: Northeastern_Region: Emmaus_Boulders)
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I'm new to the area and was hoping someone could show me around. I walked around what I think is the boulder site, but it's in pretty poor condition. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.


joeforte


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When you say poor condition, what do you mean? Last time I was there it was fairly clean with little vegetation, and the occasional spray paint or beer can. The main area has about a half dozen or more large boulders, most 10+ feet high with a few 15-20'+ highballs. Does that sound like the area you were in?


alexiskai


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I crossed two footbridges and came to a spot where the trail was closed due to erosion. A new trail led off to the right and then petered out. I went up the hill and followed a series of white arrows painted on rocks up to a flat area with some boulders around.

I was expecting to see chalk residue, particularly along sheltered cracks, but I couldn't find any. Most of the available surfaces in the central group of boulders were spray-painted, and there was moss and dirt on the outer boulders. Large chunks of tree were lying around and on top of the boulders (I assume from the Halloween storm), making top-outs hazardous. They'd need to be removed before one could really climb much. It looked as though no one had climbed there for weeks.


joeforte


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We recently washed and brushed a lot of the holds because they were caked and full of tic marks. I personally don't use chalk there because the rock has such high friction that it is not needed. The use of chalk has actually made a lot of those holds worse, due to the chalk caking up the texture. As for the branches, we've just been climbing around them.

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Walk southeast of the main boulders for about 300 yards to find a real diamond in the rough!


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jangler


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i was there yesterday for bouldering and saw someone else doing the same. so yes, apparently it's still in use. as another poster mentioned, the site is not in ideal condition--some graffiti and broken glass, but there's a decent amount of rock and seems easy enough to find problems.

i think there are actual several potential boulder sites on the mountain, or at least that's what the map at the entrance seemed to indicate. i only got a chance to visit one before it started to rain.


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jangler wrote:
i was there yesterday for bouldering and saw someone else doing the same. so yes, apparently it's still in use. as another poster mentioned, the site is not in ideal condition--some graffiti and broken glass, but there's a decent amount of rock and seems easy enough to find problems.

in 20 years, i don't know of those boulders not being covered in graffiti and broken glass.


6pacfershur


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funk wrote:
jangler wrote:
i was there yesterday for bouldering and saw someone else doing the same. so yes, apparently it's still in use. as another poster mentioned, the site is not in ideal condition--some graffiti and broken glass, but there's a decent amount of rock and seems easy enough to find problems.

in 20 years, i don't know of those boulders not being covered in graffiti and broken glass.

someone should call the pigs....


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6pacfershur wrote:
funk wrote:
jangler wrote:
i was there yesterday for bouldering and saw someone else doing the same. so yes, apparently it's still in use. as another poster mentioned, the site is not in ideal condition--some graffiti and broken glass, but there's a decent amount of rock and seems easy enough to find problems.

in 20 years, i don't know of those boulders not being covered in graffiti and broken glass.

someone should call the pigs....

I think los huesos have greater concerns, such as the Heroin epidemic in NEPA...


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