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Here's an overview of the Bird from 2015: "The best choss you've ever had break off in your hand
" - Lisa Hathaway, pro climber, talking about somewhere else.
Birdsboro has the most sport climbs of any open area in eastern Pennsylvania, on variable quality diabase rock. It’s a former quarry located on the north side of Trap Rock in Birdsboro, PA. There are dozens of bolted sport routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.14. There are also multi pitch slab climbs located across the reservoir. The first climbs here were put up by Bob Perna and friends and these days it's being developed by Ted Coffelt and company. Ted Coffelt has produced Birdsboro Routes
, a digital guidebook with Gunks Apps, which is the latest source of complete information. You can contribute to the bolt fund in a signed drop pipe where the trail reaches the quarry.
A single 60m rope does fine for most climbs here. Only the long slabs on the far wall are two real pitches, you need to do two raps if you do both. Since the climbing walls are machine cut, there's more loose rock than in most natural climbing areas. The Birdsboro Climbing website is the best place to learn about climbing here and contact the crag's stewards and other Birdsboro climbers. It also has a link to Birdsboro climbing's Facebook group. The quarry lies in Birdsboro township. Given their good relationship with the climbing community, it's nice to reciprocate and patronize local merchants on your way in and out of the crag.
Guidelines for Birdsboro Access:
The Birdsboro Climbing Area is public land owned by Robeson Township and managed by the Birdsboro Municipal Authority. Access and recreational usage are granted to us as a privilege not a right. As the land managers all users are required to observe all posted signs and regulations. Please obey these rules. Remember, climbers are guests here!
- If the Police or Birdsboro employees come out to use the shooting range, we must vacate areas 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13 until they are done.
- Climbing etiquette: Build anchors using bolts – top rope or lower through your own quickdraws. Do not rappel or set top ropes above climbs off webbing anchors. Do not remove fixed protection on climbs. Do not tamper with or modify existing routes. Ask the local climbers before establishing new routes. Lead climbers have the "right of way" when top rope lines are used for groups.
- Pets: Dogs are welcome provided they don't bark obsessively and don't growl/bark at climbers or other dogs.
- Music: respect other climbers - ask before you blast.
- Trash: Please carry it all out: organic waste, cigarette butts. especially.
- Camping is allowed for events and by request at other times. Please contact us for more information and permissions about camping. No fire rings are allowed. This is a Wilderness Area restriction.
- The lower water reservoir is part of the Borough's drinking water supply. No deep-water soloing is permitted. Swimming and fishing are prohibited in the reservoirs.
Take 422 west, take a left on 345 into Birdsboro. Ignore the "road closed" signs and go all the way to the closure into Hay Creek Park. Cross the creek twice, using the cables (or walk through the creek). Please do NOT trespass on to Haines and Kibblehouse property. Turn right when the road forks after the second creek crossing. From here you can access the Main Wall and the upper climbing area area. Take the Big Wall Stair/Trail to access the lower reservoir climbing area. Detailed directions here: birdsboroclimbing.com/direc…
alt parking spot:If you park at the other parking spot please do not block the gates. those gates are the only way for emergency services to access the quarry.