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Don’f Fret the Areté S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Friction Fun S,TR 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
Is A Truth V1 5
Lower Pillar Traverse V2 5+
Never Enough Chalk S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V2- 5+
North Face Traverse V1 5
Rail Blazzin' V0 4 PG13
Rock Hug V2- 5+
Shoulder Shrug S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stop Watching Television S,TR 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a V2+ 5+
Throw Away Your Keys S,TR 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a PG13
To the Top V-easy 3
Warmup V-easy 3
Elevation: 35 ft
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Shared By: Brian Adzima on May 18, 2007
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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.

Getting There

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.

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cwright86   pittsburgh, PA
I just went here for my first time. Climbed the never enough chalk route. It was actually my first time climbing ever. The face was really moist and lost of moss. I suggest bringing brushes to clean the face up. I found it first try no problem but if you're not familiar with area here a crappy map best I could do lol

Oct 8, 2016
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. Nov 26, 2015
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? Oct 20, 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. Apr 9, 2012

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