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Brown Rocks 16 / 0 / 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
White Rocks 64 / 4 / 28 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 75
Elevation: 1,200 ft
GPS: 39.867, -77.527 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jeff O'Farrell on Jun 12, 2011
Admins: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp
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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).

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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
Patriot Act
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Jim's Throne
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
MeatHead
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Calvin Corner
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Super Crack aka Wise Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thin Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mister Gut Wrench
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cal's Ceiling
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Big Mama
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Surf The Boogie
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Screams
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pigs in Space
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Nasty Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Eves Rib
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Angulation
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Patriot Act White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Jim's Throne White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
MeatHead White Rocks > 7 - Zorro Was Here Area 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Calvin Corner White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Super Crack aka Wise Crack White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Thin Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mister Gut Wrench White Rocks > 10 - Pillar 2 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cal's Ceiling White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Big Mama Brown Rocks > Brown Rocks 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Surf The Boogie White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Scre… White Rocks > 13 - Glen's Roof Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pigs in Space White Rocks > 8 - Coroner's Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nasty Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Eves Rib White Rocks > 13 - Glen's Roof Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Angulation White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
Hey Stoned, I'll make two sub areas under Jeff's Pond Bank main page, and assign them as yours. Then I'll shuffle the existing content under those to help visitors find their way. Dec 10, 2013
Kyle Stapp
Pennsylvania
Kyle Stapp   Pennsylvania  
ANCHORS: only the `angulation` wall, inbetween Jims throne and pillar 2 and on top of calvins slab have rappel anchors. even on those features expect to be building anchors. everywhere else here you definitly have to build your own anchors.

You'll have to build your own anchors on top for most climbs and walk off or walk on the cliffs top to the rappel bolts. There are enough options for anchor placements that most people have no problem building safe/strong anchors. There are plenty of trees, rock horns or boulders on top a lot of areas that easily/safely (for the trees) allow you to leave webbing (or whatever you use to rappel). Please DO NOT wrap your rope around a tree to rappel, it has been proven time and time again to hurt the trees. BRING WEBBING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK OFF and be mindful how and where you leave it.

This area is top rope only accessible (no leading required). Be mindful that not all
areas tops are easy to get to without leading, some will require effort to find a route of least resistence. Feb 1, 2013

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