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.
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).
Pond Bank is as frustrating at first to navigate (locate areas/routes) as the Shawangunks, New York. Locate landmarks in the photos, photos are your friend here for navigating due to so many (similar) features. Hopefully this helps:
Areas starting from closest to the parking lot (starting far south for white rocks and heading North):
Rock one (closest to forest road) Indian rocks Hidden delights Lonely slabs Last of the summer wine Hard scramble corner Zorro was here Coroners south (just coroners on mtn proj) Coroners north (just coroners on mtn proj) Calvin`s slab Pillar #2 Jim`s throne Angulation wall Glen`s roof area Craggy Pines Binocular rocks Pulpit area Way of the alpine buddha boulder (no trail to it)(bouldering only) Rune Stones (bouldering only)
ANCHORS: only the `angulation` wall has bolted top anchors. There is a rappel chain inbetween `Jim`s Throne` and `Pillar 2`. If your rope gets stuck (not the best overall setup) there is a cave in the area that you can climb up/through.
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 chain. 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.
The area layout/description above (previous comment) is for White Rocks or North of the road (when driving in, facing the ridge, on the left of the road). Here is for South of the road or Brown Rocks:
Take the 4x4 trail across from the `Rock One Area`, cross over the creek (right near the road) and at the first chance to veer/take a left do so. Follow this up (you'll see an old very small quarry like area) and keep right and follow the foot path to Brown Rocks.
Brown Rocks (closest to road eading South or right when driving in) Brown Rocks Boulders (in front of/West of Brown Rocks and in between Brown Rocks and Exploration Wall) Exploration Wall