February 3, 2015 - Confluence - SW Pennsylvania

by dseasholtz Thu, February 05 2015 21:32

Todd Baker, the Product Manager at Immersion Research, sent us a few shots from their local ice bouldering spot. Its a few minutes outside of the town of Confluence. Good to hear that the folks in SW Pennsylvania are getting their "ice fix".

 

    

 

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Laurel Highlands

January 31, 2015 - Hidden Amphitheater

by dseasholtz Sun, February 01 2015 00:15

Wayne Barnard and I slogged up the ravine into Hidden Amphitheater and found the ice in fine shape, except for some thin spots topping out. Videos here: http://youtu.be/meoCWpqiLas and http://youtu.be/yXT7Fr8lyVc .

 (L) - First tier of Hidden Amphitheater    (R) - Wayne leading the center variation on the steep second tier.

    

 

 (L & R) Wayne enjoying the steep NEI4 pillar on the right variation of the second tier.

     

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Lock Haven / Renovo

January 18, 2015 - West Rim, Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

by dseasholtz Thu, January 22 2015 11:10

Ben Nevin passed us some pics of their outing in the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon this past weekend. It's amazing what you can find to climb in Penns Woods if you do a bit of exploring and get off the beaten path. Sure beats dealing with the crowds at the Narrows... 

(L) Bear Run Falls.         (R) Chimney Hollow Falls.

    

 

(L) Two parties on Chimney Hollow Falls.          (R) View up Chimney Hollow Falls.

    

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North Central Mountains

January 17, 2015 - Gemini Gullies

by dseasholtz Sat, January 17 2015 21:36

The conditions at the Gemini Gullies are best described as "thin, but definitely in". Wayne Barnard, Randy Edelman, and I  trekked up the Left Gemini Gully today, topping out in the right corner. Videos here: http://youtu.be/7ng4crfSmL0 and http://youtu.be/rp5UqSTt8yw . Another party led by Matt Hirt, climbed a nice shaded flow to the left of the Gemini's.

The lower section needs some running water to fatten it up. It appears you can top out on either gully, with a couple of mixed moves and dirt sticks.

     

 
Our usual route is the pillar immediately to the left of Wayne on lead. It was quite chandeliered, so we left that to fill in a bit more, and stemmed the right corner.

     

 
(L) Stemming the last moves in Left Gemini - (R) Roadside Gully has filled in a bit more from last week, We saw a party enjoying the low angle approach on our way home.

     

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Lock Haven / Renovo

January 10, 2015 - Roadside Gully - Hidden Amphitheater

by dseasholtz Sun, January 11 2015 00:22

Ice conditions are coming along nicely at Lock Haven. Hidden Amphitheater needs another week to fill in, and the steep tiers higher in Roadside still need to touch down and fill in. Surprisingly, the low angle approach to Roadside is ready and I scrambled up the lower bulges to get the first sticks of the season. With the weather that is on tap for the coming week, I would bet both areas will be ready by next weekend. Video of the low angle approach on Roadside: http://youtu.be/SrG_zSl6x-s.

Hidden Amphitheater still has some open water and needs to fill in.

    

 The low angle approach to Roadside Gully is in, but the upper tiers need to touch down.    Little Roadside looks good.

    

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Lock Haven / Renovo

November 24, 2014 - Ricketts Glen Early Season Conditions

by dseasholtz Mon, November 24 2014 10:49

Ben Nevin visited Ricketts Glen over the weekend and posted the following photos on his Facebook site. Both he and I are pleasantly surprised on the amount of ice that formed in the short cold snap we experienced this past week.  Ben refrained from tooling around on it for various reasons. While there, another party broke off a large chunk of overhanging ice in the War Bonnet area. Ben explained to them that is a popular ice formation, and it won't completely form if people break it. (let alone the danger).

 

    

Ganoga Falls

    

Dutch Eagle (left) and the War Bonnet (right) areas on the right side of the Ganoga Falls Amphitheater.

Kind of hard to accept that the temps are raising today to a near record high, so this great early season start may take a big hit.

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Ricketts Glen

November 13, 2014 - WELCOME!

by dseasholtz Thu, November 13 2014 14:14

We are off to a good start this season with surprisingly cold temps coming. Hope the trend continues... 

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 to this site.

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Delaware Water Gap | Laurel Highlands | Lehigh Valley | Lock Haven / Renovo | Montgomery | North Central Mountains | Poconos | Ricketts Glen | The Narrows