Coxton (Campbell) Falls - January 18, 2018

by dseasholtz Fri, January 19 2018 22:19

Received an ice conditions report from Tim Gronski in NE PA. He sent some ice condition pics and a write up on Coxton Falls near Duryea. (I believe this location is also known as Campbell Falls WI3 70' in the Ice Climbing Pennsylvania guidebook by Rob Ginieczki.)

Tim writes:  The following attached pictures are from a climb in North East PA near Duryea, (about 10 miles south of Scranton). This is known as the Coxton Waterfall or Coxton Falls. The climb is literally right next to the road and there is typically enough parking for one or two cars. The road is a moderately traveled country road. There are no shoulders on the road and it is two lanes divided by a double solid yellow line. 

Once you park, you can take the small goat trail up to the left to get to the top of the falls. There is some minor "bouldering" moves that you have to do to get there. Once on top, there is a large clearing with a lot of big trees for natural anchors, and you have a great view of the Susquehanna river. I used a tree just at the top of the falls to maximize rope length. 

Three weeks ago, this climb was in the greatest condition it had ever been, and then we had a 60 degree day two weeks ago that really did damage. But with the favorable cold temps this past week, the falls started to take form again, and on 1/18/2018, it was again climbable.

I set up an anchor and rappelled off the top and then did a solo top rope. The ice felt good but it was a little wet because the left side of the falls still had a good amount of water running off, and there is still some running water behind the ice. I'm hoping they will be prime again by the end of January if we stick to these cold temps. Unfortunately, I think they are on the rise again though this weekend. This is a nice single pitch climb for anyone in the Scranton area that wants to get a quick lap in and avoid the drive to Ricketts Glen. I've never run into any other climbers at this particular waterfall, and I have been climbing it for ten years when the weather cooperates. Hope you can add this nice little climb to the site and I’m hoping that we get some good cold weather again to preserve this climb for another month or two.




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