Hidden Amphitheater, Lock Haven / Renovo - February 20, 2021

by Dave Seasholtz Sun, February 21 2021 21:15
We finally have some climbable ice in Central Pennsylvania. Wayne Barnard, Randy Edelman and I spent the day in Hidden Amphitheater (Rt. 120 between Lock Haven and Renovo). The first short pitch offered an easy lead, but the conditions on the grade 4 pillar, on the right side of the second tier, was a bit too thin and candled, to support a safe ascent on the sharp end. We instead scrambled up the easier left side, and opted to setup a top rope. The third tier has not touched down, so we left that. The steep pillar made for some fun climbing.
YouTube Videos from climbing at Hidden Amphitheater here:











 We did see another party up high on Roadside Gully. Not sure how the conditions are, on the steep upper tiers.

Unfortunately, with the forecasted warmup this coming week, this may indeed be the last weekend for ice climbing in PA.

Roadside Gully and Little Roadside Gully - February 20, 2021


Lock Haven / Renovo

Lock Haven / Renovo - Ice Report - February 12, 2021

by dseasholtz Fri, February 12 2021 21:13

Took a ride up Rt 120 past Roadside Gully this afternoon on our way to XC Skiing in the Black Forest. Here are a couple pics. The low angle approach is showing promise, and looks like most of the route is now ice. It appears to still be a bit thin, so leading it will require some run out placements. Higher up, the second tier looks like some mixed climbing will be required to top out. Glass Menagerie, on the right side of the third tier, looks like it has touched down, and may be a good route. I am not sure of conditions on the Gemini Gullies, or Hidden Amphitheater. If anyone gets up there, please send me a report and some pics to share.



Lock Haven / Renovo

Lock Haven / Renovo - Ice Report - January 23, 2021

by Dave Seasholtz Sat, January 23 2021 23:25

I have had several fellow ice climbers contact me to see if any ice has been forming in the Lock Haven / Renovo region. So far, this year has been a bust. These three photos show the lack of ice in Roadside Gully. There is also no ice forming in the Gemini Gullies. After witnessing these dismal conditions, I did not even bother to check out Hidden Amphitheater. We desperately need a week of single digits to resurrect this season.


The only route that appears to be forming is Glass Menangerie on the right side of the third tier.


In a good year, this is what conditions should be like at this time in January, at Roadside Gully.




Lock Haven / Renovo

WELCOME - 2020- 2021 Ice Climbing Season is on the Horizon.

by dseasholtz Tue, September 18 2018 16:46

The 2019-2020 ice climbing season was a bust. In Central Pennsylvania, it never remained cold enough for the ice to fully come in. Lets hope for better conditions this coming season.

Feel free to check our Ice Condition Archive Pages located along the right sidebar to see what we can expect if the weather cooperates. Please use this site and www.NEIce.com to assist you in determining where to climb.

HELP WANTED! Please help keep this site up to date. Use the conditions form listed on the "Submit" tab above, or email your Pennsylvania Ice Climbing trip reports and photos to dave@hikebikeclimb.net and I will post them 


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