Campbell Run Falls, Pennsylvania Grand Canyon - February 3, 2019

by Dave Seasholtz Wed, February 06 2019 23:09

Took a trip to Campbell Run Falls in the PA Grand Canyon with Chris Sommer, Jake Cramer, and Randy Edelman. We put in some time pulling laps on the short WI4 pillars at the lower falls, then moved back up to check out a line that had touched down on the South wall in the upper amphitheater. Jake Cramer's past 3 visits to Campbell Falls, this flow had not even been close to touching down, and it’s not mentioned in Griz's Ice Climbing PA guide. Northerly exposure and high groundwater flow definitely contributed to it coming in. Chris Sommer led it, while Jake Cramer held the dull end. Unless anyone has info on it being climbed before, we believe it may be a FA.  Highly doubtful that it will come in or be climbed again any time soon, but there is a jive ass root/sapling anchor up top for your rappelling pleasure - “Dirty Wet Pillar”, WI3/4 ~70 feet, FA Chris Sommer 2/3/2019.

Edit: (2/6/2019) Warm temperatures started on Sunday, and it has been in the 50's several days this week with rain, so unless this trend turns around, this may unfortunately spell the end of ice in PA this season.

Photos from the day...






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