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Elevation: 1,200'
Location: 39.86733, -77.52657 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, The Stoned Master, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jeff O'Farrell on Jun 12, 2011
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Description 

Pond Bank includes two main areas, Brown Rocks and White Rocks.

Brown Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of brown Antietam Quartzite rock facing northwest into the Cumberland valley. The crags are located on the northwest side of the Monalto Mountain, part of the Appalachian Mountains in Franklin County PA. This formation can be seen off to the right or south of White Rocks.

Climbs at Brown Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 45 feet. All the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected. It is also an excellent top rope area as well.

White Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of white quartzite (Antietam Formation, Early Cambrian age) on the west face of the Rocky Mountain facing west into the Cumberland valley, in Franklin County Pennsylvania.

Climbs at White Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 125 feet on the major Pillars. There are several sport routes, but the bulk of the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected.

Getting There 

From the north: From US 30, turn south onto PA 997 to Pond Bank (approx. 2.2 miles).

From the south: From PA 16, square in Waynesboro, PA, turn north onto PA 997 towards Mont Alto. Follow PA 997 to Pond Bank.

At the intersection of PA 997 and White Rock Road turn right (from the south) or left (from the north) towards the mountain. Go straight toward the mountain entering Michaux State Forest. Park in the lower parking lot at the water towers access gate (approx. 1.9 miles).

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.8 miles from here

90 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pond Bank:
The Great Chimney   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Classic Corner    5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Jim's Throne   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Patriot Act   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   White Rocks : 09-Calvin's Slabs
Well Groomed When Pruned   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   White Rocks : 10-Pillar 2
MeatHead   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   White Rocks : 07-Zorro Was Here Area
Calvin Corner   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   White Rocks : 09-Calvin's Slabs
Sign of Zorro   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Grumpy Gus    5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   White Rocks : 09-Calvin's Slabs
Thin Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Mister Gut Wrench   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   White Rocks : 10-Pillar 2
Super Crack aka Wise Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   White Rocks : 12-Angulation Wall
Pigs in Space   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   White Rocks : 08-Coroner's Area
Nasty Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Glenís Roof aka Linda Screams   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   White Rocks : 13-Glen's Roof Wall
Angulation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   White Rocks : 12-Angulation Wall
Eves Rib   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   White Rocks : 13-Glen's Roof Wall
Surf The Boogie   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   White Rocks : 12-Angulation Wall
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Southern Comforts goes up the middle of the wall.

Southern Comforts 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  PA : South Central PA : ... : Brown Rocks
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Photos of Pond Bank Slideshow Add Photo
White Rocks as seen from the Cumberland Valley
White Rocks as seen from the Cumberland Valley
Mister Gut Wrench follows the offwidth to the top.
BETA PHOTO: Mister Gut Wrench follows the offwidth to the top.
Jim's Throne on the left, Sign Of Zorro on the rig...
Jim's Throne on the left, Sign Of Zorro on the rig...
Patriot Act, 5.4, Calvins Slabs
Patriot Act, 5.4, Calvins Slabs
The view from Wise Crack.
The view from Wise Crack.
Andrew sinking sweet jams on Pigs in Space.
Andrew sinking sweet jams on Pigs in Space.

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By The Stoned Master
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From: Pennsylvania
Feb 1, 2013
ANCHORS: only the `angulation` wall, inbetween Jims throne and pillar 2 and on top of calvins slab have rappel anchors. even on those features expect to be building anchors. everywhere else here you definitly have to build your own anchors.

You'll have to build your own anchors on top for most climbs and walk off or walk on the cliffs top to the rappel bolts. There are enough options for anchor placements that most people have no problem building safe/strong anchors. There are plenty of trees, rock horns or boulders on top a lot of areas that easily/safely (for the trees) allow you to leave webbing (or whatever you use to rappel). Please DO NOT wrap your rope around a tree to rappel, it has been proven time and time again to hurt the trees. BRING WEBBING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK OFF and be mindful how and where you leave it.

This area is top rope only accessible (no leading required). Be mindful that not all
areas tops are easy to get to without leading, some will require effort to find a route of least resistence.
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 10, 2013
Hey Stoned, I'll make two sub areas under Jeff's Pond Bank main page, and assign them as yours. Then I'll shuffle the existing content under those to help visitors find their way.