Elevation: 138 ft
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on Aug 16, 2010 with 1 Suggestions
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Description

Wissahickon Valley Park (the Wis) contains most of the outdoor climbing on natural rock within the city limits of Philadelphia. Most of the climbing here is bouldering on Wissahickon Schist along the valley of Wissahickon Creek. There are also a handful of toprope, sport and/or buildering routes. The setting is mostly forested, giving it a scenic, isolated feel despite being so close to a major urban area. This makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts; you'll usually see hikers, runners, bikers, swimmers and tourists in decent weather.

The best bouldering is on the Manayunk end of the park along the bike path on Lincoln Drive. There are about 50 problems from V0-V11 (some pure lines, some are eliminates). If you enter from Ridge Ave, there are 5 distinct "areas"/boulders within a half mile (Urination Amphitheater (just off ridge), Main Area (top of the hill), Slab (just past 100 steps), Long Wall, & Torque (directly across from the (old) police station on Lincoln Drive).

The main spot for roped climbing is off Livezey Lane near Chestnut Hill.

Fiends of the Wissahickon are a non-profit group that care for the park, beyond what the city does itself. You can volunteer for a trail maintenance day, learn about the park, or help out in other ways through their website.

A new digital guidebook is available in the Gunks+ app, which includes high-res photos, GPS navigation and maps.

Getting There

There are countless parking areas around Wissahickon Valley Park, and climbing areas can be accessed by a network of trails.

Governance

Fairmount Park, supported by Friends of the Wissahickon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wissahickon Valley Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 5
Up schist creek
Boulder
V1- 5-
 3
Teedyuscung
Boulder
V1 5
 11
Ben Franklin
Boulder
V1 5
 4
Hips and nips
Boulder
V1 5
 4
I'm Bringing Lobsterbacks
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
I'm a Man Cheetah
Boulder
V3 6A
 6
Rich's Arete
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 5
Dirty Dishes Variation
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Zig Zag
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
The 5.7
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Unnnamed
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Directissima
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
The 5.9 (a.k.a. New Frontier)
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Great Society
TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a V3 6A
 3
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10)
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Up schist creek Gorgas Creek Cave
 5
V0 4 Boulder
Teedyuscung Council Rock
 3
V1- 5- Boulder
Ben Franklin Revolutionary Ridge B…
 11
V1 5 Boulder
Hips and nips Gorgas Creek Cave
 4
V1 5 Boulder
I'm Bringing Lobsterbacks Revolutionary Ridge B…
 4
V1 5 Boulder
I'm a Man Cheetah Revolutionary Ridge B…
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Rich's Arete Danger Dam
 6
V3 6A Boulder
Dirty Dishes Variation Revolutionary Ridge B…
 5
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Zig Zag Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
The 5.7 Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Unnnamed Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Directissima Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
The 5.9 (a.k.a. New Frontier) Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Great Society Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Lammy Pi (a.k.a. the 5.10) Livezey Rock > Main Rock
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a V3 6A TR, Boulder
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