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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If you are unsure how you arrived at this location, flip a coin to see which way gravity is working and head in that direction.