Roadside Gully, Lock Haven - 2/13/2011

by Dave Seasholtz Sun, February 13 2011 23:55

Jason Erdman reports: Tom Mrotek and I climbed at Roadside Gully today.  We soloed up the first section to the head wall.  The ice was pretty good, but it was a little thin at the top of some of the bulges.  I led Mixed Madness and it was in great condition and really fun.  Almost all of the other sections of the second tier looked climbable with the exception of Thriller Pillar.  The third tier was in pretty good condition.  Motorhead is just about touching down and could probably be climbed by someone with a little more skill than Tom and I.  Tom led Glass Menagerie, which was in pretty solid condition.  The bottom was a little hollow but it improved with every swing.  We put new cord on the rap anchors for the second and third tiers.  The first tier rap anchor looked to still be in pretty good condition.  With the warm weather forecast for next week, this may have been the last day to get on Roadside, unless we get a severe cold snap at the end of February.


Low angle approach to Roadside Gully and Tom Mrotek leading Glass Menagerie on the third tier - 2/13/11

Closeup of the steep upper tiers in Roadside Gully - 2/13/11

Ganoga Falls, Ricketts Glen State Park - 2/5/2011

by Dave Seasholtz Mon, February 07 2011 22:25

Randy Edelman reports: Ben (from D.C.) and I climbed at Ricketts Glen on Saturday 2/5. The Left Wall was in fine shape with the second tier forming steep. We also climbed two fun lines on the far right side of the Right Wall (Cradleboard). Dutch Eagle and War Bonnet were also in with a party running a toprope on the latter. Ganoga Falls was thin and crashing down as we were there. All in all the climbing was good and the driving was by far the most dangerous part of the day.

Hiden Amphitheater, Lock Haven - 1/30/2011

by Dave Seasholtz Tue, February 01 2011 22:32

Randy Edelman passed me this conditions report: Met up with Bob and Earl from Middletown to climb Hidden. Bob led the first pitch which was thin in spots but fun just the same. I led the second pitch which was in fine shape (good stuff). I got on the third pitch only to realize that the curtain was fractured all the way across at the bottom, maybe a foot thick of brittle ice, and also not well bonded at the top. I backed off and went up far left to set up a toprope. Even the toprope was somewhat unnerving. Beware! Bob and Earl then went to roadside. Maybe they can follow up this report with pics and more info.