Governor Stable Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The Entrance
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Governor Stable has a long history of access issues. It is located on private properety, and managed by a non-profit organization known as FrOGS (Friends of Governor Stable). Climbing here is available only to those willing to pay for the privelage. The cost as of January 1, 2012 is $10.00 for a day pass, or $60.00 for an annual membership. The preserve is open to climbing from January 1, 2015 thru August 31, 2015, then reopens January 1, 2016 thru August 31, 2016. Camping is not allowed at Governor Stable. The closest camping is the Elizabethtown KOA.
Governor Stable Nature Preserve is located just off of Route 441 in the small villiage of Bainbridge, outside of Middletown, Pennsylvania. The rock is diabase, much like Mount Gretna and Haycock, which provides a style of climbing unique to this part of the country. Many of the problems are friction based, meaning the best time to climb at GS is the dead of winter when the humidity is low and the temperatures are ripe for sending. That being said, spring and summer ain't bad either, just be sure to check yourself for ticks throughout your visit. The boulders at GS are much more condensed than those at Gretna, contained to an area of just over 30 acres. Despite it's smaller size, there are nearly as many established problems as the area at Governor Dick, most of them very high quality. And while it seems like there are a lot rules governing the climbing here, i can assure you that once you arrive you will have a bouldering experience unlike any other, where friendly folks and amazing lines come together to make this little boulderfield a truly special place. Come see for yourself.
Day passes and annual memberships, as well as a new full color 2nd edition guidebook assembled by Kevin Catlin and Ryan Shipp are available for purchase at friendsofgs.org
. The new book is also available at local gyms throughout the area. All proceeds go back into managing the preserve. Please Note: Passes and memberships can no longer be purchased at the boulders!!! Please use the internet. Any questions you may have regarding location, access, climbing, a link to the Facebook page, or anything at all pertaining to GS can also be addressed at friendsofgs.org
From the Harrisburg area and all points North and West: Find one of the many access points to 441 South and follow it through Middletown, past Three Mile Island on your right, until you come to Turnpike Road. Make a left on Turnpike and drive until you see Governor Stable Road on your right. Follow it to Conoy Township Park. PARK IN THE STONE PARKING LOT AT THE PARK! Walk down the hill and across a small one lane bridge, careful of traffic now, then cut into the woods on the obvious path.
Use the GPS Cooridnates listed above to reach the parking lot. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE STONE PARKING LOT
Weather station 1.5 miles from here
119 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Governor Stable
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Governor Stable:
Featured Route For Governor Stable
Jaganath V5-6 6C+
: South Central PA
: ... : Moby's and Friends
Jaganath means "lord of the universe". If you can complete this bloc, you may feel that way. This problem is the king line in all of Governor Stables. During the yearly competitions in the early and mid 2000's, this was a toprope. If any boulder problem deserved an "R" rating, it is this one. Jaganath is one of the most intimidating moderate problems I have seen on diabase, even including the massive boulders at Haycock.Jaganath climbs the diagonal shallow finger crack in the center of the ...[more] Browse More Classics in PA
A send of The 45 Sit. V8, Super Rad
Knead It. V3. Governor Stable
BETA PHOTO: Mushroom Cap. V3. Governor Stable
Jessica on Fisticuffs. One rad splitter roof crack...
By Seth Derr
From: harrisburg, pa
Dec 12, 2012
Memberships for 2013 are now for sale at friendsofgs.org. Looking forward to another great season!
By Jeffrey West
From: Anywhere, USA
Mar 27, 2013
This area is open. You must register on the website and daily or yearly passes CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE!