• Dave Seasholtz

Pennsylvania Ice Climbing Conditions (2020 - 2021 Archive)

Updated: Nov 20

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Hidden Amphitheater, Lock Haven / Renovo - February 20, 2021 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 had not touched down, so we left that. The steep pillar made for some fun climbing. YouTube Videos from today's climbing at Hidden Amphitheater here:

https://youtu.be/-ZZw-RbSSyE

https://youtu.be/T_ArViXBsK



------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bear Creek Falls (AKA Buttermilk Falls), Luzerne County - February 13, 2021

Took another trip to NE Pennsylvania looking for climbable ice. We stopped and took a few laps on Bear Creek Falls in the Natural Lands' Bear Creek Preserve (Luzerne County). This is also known as Buttermilk Falls by the locals in the area.

YouTube Videos from our climbing at Bear Creek Falls here: https://youtu.be/J5qlIKhWEBY

https://youtu.be/BYzeMkpXhao


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Campbell Falls (AKA Coxton Falls or Falling Springs), Pittston, PA - February 7, 2021 Took a trip to NE Pennsylvania to check out Campbell Falls near Pittston, PA. These falls are also known as Coxton Falls or Falling Springs. It had gotten warm with bright sunshine the days prior to our visit, and a large window had opened up in the middle of the route. Because of the soft ice from the degraded ice conditions, we opted to just top rope the route instead of our normal lead. Still was a fun route, and highly recommended. YouTube videos from this outing can be found here: https://youtu.be/HK-Op_cB5mo

https://youtu.be/PH3XeH4obJk

https://youtu.be/g_P-JPE90tE


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Ganoga Falls Amphitheater, Ricketts Glen State Park - January 30, 2021

Randy Edelman and I took a trip to Ricketts Glen, and found the conditions on the right side of the Ganoga Falls Amphitheater favorable to put in a few laps. We mostly climbed various lines on the Cradleboard route to the far right of the amphitheater. Dutch Eagle and Savage still need to touch down, and War Bonnet needs to fill in. Ganoga Falls itself, is filling in nicely, but still has open water flowing over top of the ice. The left side of the amphitheater looks like it would go.


YouTube videos from our 1/30/2021 visit to Ganoga Falls here:

https://youtu.be/hXwHBm9JXIo

https://youtu.be/BgrZWNtg06M

https://youtu.be/7bOt180CI7s

https://youtu.be/Kzlx8fGMnHo


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