Pole Steeple

Michaux State Forest, Pa.
Pine Grove Furnace, Pa.

Pole Steeple is located a short hike west of the Appalachian trail. This section of the Appalachian Trail is the mid point. The rock here is quartzite. The strike is a few degrees from above horizontal. This results in lots of hand holds. This is seen in the picture of "Don Clinging On." Climbs range from 5.0 to 5.8. There are some great introductory climbs that an average climber can accomplish with one hand tied behind the back, not recomended; just hold it there. Some of the natural anchors are far back from the edge so bring the long webbing. Use of pro is sometimes possible to set anchos closer to the edge . This areas is very popular with Typical Tourists so make your anchors obvious and protect your head from falling debri, cameras, water bottles, etc.. The area can be crowded, especially when organized groups use the area. Many Boy Scout troops and some vendors use the area. Organized groups must preregister and provide $1,000,000 of liability insurance to Penn DNRE though individuals are not required to. It is asked that when the ravens are nesting, climbing not be done in the area.

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