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Bellefonte Quarry

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Coleman's Crack T 
El Crackitan T 
Left Hand Eliminate T 
Manufractured S 

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Bellefonte Quarry 


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Location: 40.92357, -77.77977 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, The Stoned Master, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Patrick Mulligan on Sep 12, 2012
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Description 

Excellent climbing on three main sections of cliff. The cliffs are made of of a tilted bed of limestone that were exposed when the area was quarried years ago. Both face and crack climbs are prevalent. Several of the face routes were put up 20+ years ago, so the bolts may be suspect. Also care must be taken when placing gear in limestone.


Getting There 

See the GPS location. In general, park on the street discretely and discretely walk into the quarry off of Armor Run Road.


4 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bellefonte Quarry:
Left Hand Eliminate   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
El Crackitan   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Coleman's Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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Featured Route For Bellefonte Quarry
El Crackitan

El Crackitan 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  PA : Bellefonte Quarry
This is a finger to wide hand crack that starts at the far end of the upper wall. In an old guide book the author said "your sole reason for existance as a climber is to do this climb". I agree.The crack starts with finger locks for the first 50' or so then after a fingery traverse with slopey feet the crack widens to hands with a fist or two thrown in for good measure till you reach the top. Classic!...[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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Rick Thompson on Realm of the Senseless (5.11c), Bellefonte Quarry. Photo by Carl Samples.
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By Rick Mix
From: Nederland, Colorado
Nov 25, 2012

El crackitan 5.9+ bwaaaahhhaaaaaaaaa!

The "20 y/o" bolts we put in (20+years ago) are mostly very long so as to penetrate multiple layers in the bedding plane of the rock. Yeah, I typed penetrate... Should still be okay...Prior to that the standard Bellefonte bolt was the total POS self-drive lag shield. Not a bad bolt for the dude placing it,otherwise crap. (Though most of them did hold some long falls.) The change occurred of course when we bagged drilling by hand from stances and went French, er a Sport,nope let's see..ok- top-down on rappel.
Saddens me to see the quarry closed. Lots of memories there.

By Patrick Mulligan
Dec 14, 2012

Then again. I don't ever remember climbing at the Quarry when it was "open".

By John Groh
Nov 9, 2013

Note that the left-to-right sorting of the routes here is not correct. It should be, from left to right:
El Crackitan
Manufractured
Coleman's Crack
Left Hand Eliminate

By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Nov 10, 2013

Thanks JCG, fixed those.

By scott fuzz
Feb 25, 2014

hey rick mix, any info on the bouldering start crack to the left of el C. maybe something lighting?? 12-ish?? thanks-

By Patrick Mulligan
Feb 28, 2014

I can't seem to track down my old guide which has me somewhat freaked out at the moment, but I think you may be confusing White Lightning (the 5.7 discontinuous crack and pg-13 or R rated lead on the beginner wall)with White Line Fever. White Line Fever was a very narrow calcite filled crack at almost the end of the wall with crazy sharp and painful jams that went at roughly 5.12a or .12b and ended with some crazy run out hard slab moves. If that's what your talking about I believe its White Line Fever.