Elevation: 1,200 ft
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Shared By: Jeff O'Farrell on Jun 12, 2011 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Justin Johnsen, William Sonoma, SCPC

Description

Pond Bank includes two main areas, Brown Rocks and White Rocks.

Brown Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of brown Antietam Quartzite rock facing northwest into the Cumberland valley. The crags are located on the northwest side of the Monalto Mountain, part of the Appalachian Mountains in Franklin County PA. This formation can be seen off to the right or south of White Rocks.

Climbs at Brown Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 45 feet. All the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected. It is also an excellent top rope area as well.

White Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of white quartzite (Antietam Formation, Early Cambrian age) on the west face of the Rocky Mountain facing west into the Cumberland valley, in Franklin County Pennsylvania.

Climbs at White Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 125 feet on the major Pillars. There are several sport routes, but the bulk of the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected.

Getting There

From the north:From US 30, turn south onto PA 997 to Pond Bank (approx. 2.2 miles).

From the south:From PA 16, square in Waynesboro, PA, turn north onto PA 997 towards Mont Alto. Follow PA 997 to Pond Bank.

At the intersection of PA 997 and White Rock Road turn right (from the south) or left (from the north) towards the mountain. Go straight toward the mountain entering Michaux State Forest. Park in the lower parking lot at the water towers access gate (approx. 1.9 miles).

Parking Update:  The lower and upper parking lots are now in private property. You'll have to continue up the road about 300 feet where there are several pull offs for single cars / trucks. There is a orange blaze trail leading to the top of the cliffs. The trail on the upper parking lot is the best route in. You can stay on state lane The whole way to the base of the rock. Enjoy!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pond Bank

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 14
Patriot Act
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 39
Jim's Throne
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 9
MeatHead
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 14
Calvin Corner
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 22
Super Crack aka Wise Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 20
Thin Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
Mister Gut Wrench
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Cal's Ceiling
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Big Mama
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 17
Surf The Boogie
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Screams
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
Nasty Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Pigs in Space
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Eves Rib
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
Angulation
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Patriot Act White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs
 14
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Jim's Throne White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 39
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
MeatHead White Rocks > 7 - Zorro Was Here Area
 9
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Calvin Corner White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs
 14
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Super Crack aka Wise Crack White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 22
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Thin Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 20
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mister Gut Wrench White Rocks > 10 - Pillar 2
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cal's Ceiling White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs
 3
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Big Mama Brown Rocks > Brown Rocks
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Surf The Boogie White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 17
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Scre… White Rocks > 13 - Glen's Roof Wall
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nasty Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pigs in Space White Rocks > 8 - Coroner's Area
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Eves Rib White Rocks > 13 - Glen's Roof Wall
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Angulation White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
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