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letitworknow


Apr 4, 2012, 6:23 PM
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noob info needed  (North_America: United_States: Pennsylvania: Northeastern_Region: Delaware_Water_Gap__Mt__Minsi_)
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Hi, i will be going to MT. minsi this weekend. i have never been to the area could anyone tell me where a good place to camp and hike would be. I have the Pennsylvania guild book that has about 4 pages of routes for this area. is there a better guide then this? im looking to climb up to 5.8, any classic climbs i should try? will a gunks rack work or do i need bigger pieces? i have up to a 3 camalot .
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mheyman


Apr 4, 2012, 8:24 PM
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The PA/Minsi side of the Gap is far nicer to climb than the Jersey side.
Gunks rack is fine.
The standard guide to have is the Steele
The stared routes in it are the better ones.
The climb NJ guide has some info and probably only lists good routes. I thought it listed the PA siide too - pretty sure it did at one time.

There is a NJ state campsite near the river, and private ones not to far.

Hike anywhere on the AT. Startting at the Gap is the busiset part in the area though. There are other hikes in the are too.


skurdeycat


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Check that the Peregrine closures are not in effect before you set off. See NPS website, closures have been very badly posted online in the past.
If by noob, you mean new to the area, have fun. If you mean inexperienced trad leader, stay away, really. This is like no other nearby climbing area, there will be nobody else there to help you if something goes wrong, routes and trails will be overgrown, no chalk to guide you, anchors are hard to find, and have proven fatally inadequate in the past. Bring walkie talkies to communicate with the leader, you will not be able to hear over the noise of the interstate.
Surprise (5.4) and Osprey (5.6) are my favorites. Hell and High Water is not considered the 3star climb it was rated in the Steele book due to huge loose blocks.


TradEddie


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The Climb NJ book has most, if not all worthwhile climbs listed for the PA side, with much more recent photos and details than the Steele guide. More recent yet would be the 2011 PA guide, but I haven't actually seen it.

Have fun, be careful.

TE


joeforte


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The most recent PA climbing guide is the best. http://www.bluebiner.com/

As stated above, don't take the water gap lightly. It is for the experienced trad leader only, due to the difficult route finding, lack of bolts and rap stations, loose rock, vegetation and relative isolation. That said, it is one of my favorite areas in the state, because of its alpine feel. Try surprise and osprey first. They are the cleanest and tamest.

Last time I was there, a few weeks ago, the PA side was closed due to peregrine nesting. If you have to go to the jersey side, start on triumverate.


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