Elevation: 35 ft
GPS: 40.435, -79.949 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Adzima on May 18, 2007 · Updates
Admins: SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Formal talks to secure formal permission to climb on City structures are underway with City of Pittsburgh officials, through the ClimbPittsburgh initiative of the SWPACC. However, no formal permission has been granted to date. Details

Description

The bridge pillars used to support a bridge connecting Schenley Park and South Oakland. There are seven bolted routes rating between about 5.9 to 5.11b/c. Many of these routes have been stainless steel bolted/rebolted between 2018-2020. The two pillars offer some opportunity for bouldering. The larger pillar rises ~25ft from the base, so call it what you want if you decide to climb the bolted lines without a rope.

The blocks are cut stone about 3' by 6'. Amazingly there are a variety of holds on each route: jams, pinches, slopers, and of course crimps. Any route can easily be made more difficult if your goal of coming here is training. 

If you live in Pittsburgh its worth a trip.

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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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bridge Pillar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
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Friction Fun
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
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Throw Away Your Keys
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Friction Fun
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Sport, TR
Throw Away Your Keys
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport, TR
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