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Main Flow - WI4

Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 3
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (2)
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Standard ice rack.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty WI4
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 4.50/5
  Fun Factor 5.00/5


THE Classic Eastern Pennsylvania ice route!...and unfortunately the scene of two accidents, one fatal. One of the best routes in the state due to it’s consistent formation and length. The route is typically climbed in 3 pitches but skilled leaders can link pitch 1 and 2 with a 60-meter rope. P1: Climb 70’ to a ledge where you can belay on the right or left (preferred due to icefall) at small trees. P2: Climb 75’ up curtain/pillar (crux) to gain a large, sloping ledge. Belay on the right near the rappel tree. P3: Climb 185’ up a beautiful headwall (right side more challenging) to stepped and brushy terrain above. Follow main ice feed to a good-sized tree on the left with rappel slings. In lean conditions, the upper ice may be reached by scrambling up left on talus and broken ledges to a point where you can traverse back right to the top of the 1st or 2nd pitch, often very vegetated and dangerous.

Descent Options:

Two double-rope rappels will bring you down to the road. Rappel from the large tree atop the cliff to the midway sloping ledge. Another double-rope rappel will take you to the bottom. You can also walk off right and descend down into the Main Gully.

Submitted by: LarryHorwitz on 2010-01-30
Views: 739
Route ID: 103408

2 Ascents Recorded

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  Safety Rating G
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: beattyjo on 2003-01-30 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Classic route anywhere

Great route. The first pitch is a good warm out of the car to get the blood flowing for the crux curtain. The crux can be intimidating if curtain is thin. Right side is generally easier and more consistent. I would say more like 4+. 3rd pitch is fantastic until you get to the bushes, which are a pain. There are bolts w/ chains at the top, if you can find them and at the end of the 2nd pitch.

Added: 2012-05-30

  Difficulty WI4
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: lumineferusother on 2011-01-18 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Great Climb!

I broke the number one rule in ice climbing, which is don't fall, and I fell, haha. Got pretty banged up but continued the climb. My partner forgot his pack up from where we first started rappelling. We worked out a deal with a group who was rapping as well for them to bring the pack down and they could rappel off of our rope to where we were, join their rope with ours, and rappel all the way down to the road. Fun route! Good gear, plenty of options for a descent. Good times!

Added: 2011-01-18