Toprope face climb on the main wall circa 2000 5.9...
The largest and most accessible wall at Boxcar Rocks. Climbs are on the south facing (sunny) side of the wall. The routes run around 45-50 feet tall.
Most or all of the Main Wall now has bolts for anchors just below the top of the wall. In the past they were directly on the top, and subject to much vandalism. These bolts can be reached most safely by lead climbing an easier route.
Alternately you can scramble up blocks on the back/north side of the wall. You'll still have to free climb easy class 5 rock to reach the top and set anchors from the back. We sent our anchor setter up wearing his climbing shoes, let him clip in to an anchor bolt for safety, then let him haul up the heavy gear and rope on a cord.
Routes from left to right:
Just right of the Turtle Head:
- Locomotive Breath 5.10c TR
- Bam Bam 5.10a TR: the wall immediately left of Pebbles crack. I think I noticed some bolts there.
- Pebbles 5.6 G: the almost-vertical crack. It goes up 3/4ths of the way up the wall, shifts slightly right at the horizontal, then resumes verticality to the top.
- Snap Crackle Plop 5.10a (bolts)
- The Apprentice 5.9 (5 bolts)
Margie's curves: look for the only Y-shaped crack on the main wall. The area between the arms of the Y is the Headstone.
- Margie's Curves Left 5.7 G
- Margie's Curves Right rating?
- Birthday Girl 5.7 G (2 bolts)
This list covers most but not all climbs we saw there in winter 2012. More face lines are bolted now than I have listed here. The obvious crack climbs are all named in this list, and graded 5.5 to 5.7 G. The farthest left crack was wider than others, and 4" or wider SLCDs might work best there. Most others look doable with standard 3" and smaller gear, unless we missed some surprises higher up.
Hike 5 or 10 minutes east of the parking lot to reach the Main Wall.
From the lot, walk east past the gates until you reach a burn site - if you're attentive you might see a small wood sign saying "Boxcar Rd" on the left. Continue waling and take the first real trail on the right (southward). This takes you to the back side of the rocks near the "turtles head" (Moby Neil end) on the Main Wall.
Climbing Season For the South Central PA area.
Weather station 7.9 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Main Wall
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Margies Curves - Left 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PA
: South Central PA
: ... : Main Wall
Fine, fun crack. Third splitter on the Main Wall.Above the horizontal at 35 feet, you can finish up the offwidth (5.6) or climb the face to the right of the crack (5.4R), to reach a 2 ring anchor at 50 feet.Well protected with plenty of options for feet outside the crack as well....[more] Browse More Classics in PA
By Justin Johnsen
Oct 10, 2013
Sorted your routes, thanks for adding those S.