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An adventure in CPA

September 20, 2011

Exploring a bouldering area where you’ve never been can sometimes be a challenge, especially if it’s in central Pennsylvania.

The climbers: Jackie and Art
We met up with: Ben
Hydration: 21st Amendment Back in Black, Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, Stone Ruination IPA

Here’s the short story: Jackie and Art met up with Ben, Jackie’s friend from college who lives in Philly, and the three wandered around for hours before FINALLY finding some cool problems.

While these directions found on managed to get us to the parking area for Tumbling Run okay, the lack of mappage and multitude of trails in the area had us quite confused.  It turned out that the rocks were way farther uphill and upstream than we had imagined.  But after following a few of the wrong trails, a bit of bushwhacking and fording the stream a few times, the three saw the magical waterfall described in this post up ahead.  They knew they were close.  And then, after some more hiking straight up…there they were, ROCKS!

(By the way, thank you to the IPad and Google maps for providing us with a sense of how close we were to the AT and the contours of the area.)

Bank Robber's Cave V8

Jackie on Bank Robber's Cave V8

Although the trio was pretty exhausted from hours of wandering, after surveying the Element and Streamside Area that they had happened upon, they warmed up on a pretty cool slabby crack that was a bit scarier than it looked.  They then found a fun one-move problem near Psycho 78, as well as a short traverse from the same start that Ben named Smirk.  After some unsuccessful attempts at Pyscho 78 (V7), they continued down to the Bank Robber’s Cave and Tranquility Area.

Sloper Dragon V4

Ben on Sloping Dragon V4

Bank Robber’s Cave (V8) turned out to be the project of the afternoon. Overhanging, with a series of crossover moves and toe cams, the problem almost gives a reason to return to Tumbling Run.  While all three climbers made good progress, the problem didn’t get any easier – although the top did look pretty juggy.

Next, Ben and Jackie sent Sloping Dragon (V4), an extremely balancey problem with a sloping (huh, couldn’t tell by the name) topout.  But not before Ben managed to crashpad surf down the hill after falling off the problem.  Jackie and Art then attempted Gunfighter (V5), but decided more than 3 crashpads were needed.

It was dark out by the time the climbers returned to their cars.  The walk back, while still shorter than the hike up, still seemed to take forever.  Even though there were a few fun problems at the top of the ridge, all three concurred that the place was probably not worth a return trip, at least not in the near future.

Here are Art’s photos from the day:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2011 4:34 pm

    Best read..

  2. May 9, 2017 9:10 am

    Wow! Great to find a post with such a clear megsase!

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