The Bridge Pillar Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the south face of the Bridge Pillar
The bridge pillar used to support some bridge between Schenley Park and South Oakland. There are four bolted routes ones about 5.9, another 5.10, the other two are more difficult (5.11ish?). The blocks are cut stone about 3' by 6'. Amazingly there ae a variety of holds on each route. Jams, pinches, slopers, and of course crimps.
If you live in Pittsburgh its worth one trip. If you go to Pitt, well it may be the only climbing that won't get you arrested.
Underneath the Blvd of the Allies. Park at the small playground and then scramble thru broken glass down the hillside. You probably could rap in off the current bridge, but you might meet the boys in blue.
Climbing Season For the Southwestern Highlands area.
Weather station 7.3 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Bridge Pillar
BETA PHOTO: Anchor options for the pillar; bring a cordelette ...
BETA PHOTO: Here's the approach. Start in the dinosaur playgro...
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the North Facing wall of the Bridge Pillar
BETA PHOTO: Pillar south of main pillar directly under Blvd of...
Apr 9, 2012
I have been climbing here since I moved to PGH (15+yrs ago). The ratings given are a little high. The range is more like 5.7/5.8 to 5.11a. All the climbs here have a couple variations (IE: right/left of bolts direct).
This is a great place to start people in sport leads, as it allows an easy TR set-up and using a tailing dead line for practicing placing and clipping draws safely.
By Colin Schmucker
Oct 20, 2012
Can I get some more precise directions please? There are multiple bridges that could be considered as connecting Schenley and South Oakland. Is the park that you are supposed to park at called Ophelia park?
Nov 26, 2015
Worth a visit or two. Don't like the bolts or the bolt placement on the easier north face; wouldn't recommend this as a place to teach people how to lead. Maybe okay to teach how to rappel. South face bolts are pretty new and ASCA approved: Bomber Bolts. Lower Pillar: send me a message if you can finish the problem that has a question mark on it on the Topo. Feels a bit harder than a V2 with the crux coming at the last 5ft. Too high ball for me.