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Mount Gretna  

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Mount Gretna offers excellent bouldering inside Governor Dick’s Nature Preserve. Composed of groups of diabase boulders strewn throughout a dense forest, the area can be tricky to navigate without a guide or guidebook but once mastered it takes just minutes to reach the nearest boulders. A great place to train and run bouldering circuits. Fall and spring are the best times to visit. Summer greets you with humidity, deer ticks, flies and dense underbrush.

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Getting There 

From the PA Turnpike take Exit 266 (Lebanon/Lancaster) and turn Right after toll booths onto PA 72 (Lebanon Road). Travel approximately 2 miles then turn Right onto Cider Press Road. Continue to Stop sign and turn Right onto Pinch Road. Follow Pinch Road into nature preserve and park at Clarence Schock education center on Right just after State Game Lands sign.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

113 Total Routes

['4 Stars',15],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',48],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Gretna:
Serenity Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Prow Area
Posion Ivy   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Colflesh Area
Talking to Myself   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Shamoo Area
Jenn Savage   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Colflesh Area
Left Bookend    V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Bookend Boulder
Help Meat   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Shamoo Area
Porcelain   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 15'   Upper Matrix
Astroboy   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Prow Area
Smiley Face    V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Smiley Area
Bodysnap   V4 6B     Boulder   Colflesh Area
Crimptonite   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Otherlands : Rollercoaster
Colflesh Direct   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Colflesh Area
Fabulous   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   45 Area
Bashista Yo Sista   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Shamoo Area
Shamoo   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Shamoo Area
Paula   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Smiley Area
Spring Chicken   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   The Matrix Area
Year of the Dragon   V6 7A     Boulder, 8'   Upper Matrix
Bodysnap Sit   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Colflesh Area
Islander   V7-8 7B     Boulder   Prow Area
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Greg Sudlow on the Posion Ivy traverse (V0). Photo...

Posion Ivy V0 4  PA : South Central PA : ... : Colflesh Area
Great sustained bouldering on long traverse. Good footwork required. Start far left on large hold then traverse right and up diagonal crack to nose. Finish straight up on good holds and easy slab....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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The Wave original finish (move left to arete) V2. ...
The Wave original finish (move left to arete) V2. ...
Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
BETA PHOTO: Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012
BETA PHOTO: Governor Dick Park pamphlet from 2012

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By skinny legs and all
From: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Jan 23, 2011
Due to the Governor Dick Preserve being surrounded by State Game Lands, huge herds of deer are frequently seen in the area, where they are protected from hunting. I contracted Lyme disease in 2001 after picking up a deer tick after a day of climbing here. I also know of at least two other people who suffered it that same year or the next, so check yourself after every visit.
By matthewWallace
From: plymouth, nh
Nov 4, 2014
Is there a guidebook in print for Gretna?
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