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 · Updates
Admins: SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC, Justin Johnsen

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. 

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 land the whole way to the base of the rock. Enjoy!

Bat Conservation | How You Can Help

See a Bat on a Route, Give Us a Shout! 

Hey climbers, one of our SCPC members is working with Rob Schorr at Colorado State to help him spread the word about his bat research. Here’s a message from him about this important work and how, we as climbers, can help.

"Climbers for Bat Conservation is working with climbers to understand bat ecology and why bats choose certain cracks and flakes. We’re a collaboration between climbers, bat biologists, and land managers to understand where bats roost and where large populations may reside. We are interested in finding bats because of a new disease called white-nose syndrome (whitenosesyndrome.org) which has killed millions of bats in North America. This collaboration has identified bat roosts throughout the U.S., and as far away as Norway and Bulgaria. CBC was developed by biologists who climb and they are advocates for climbing access and bat conservation.

So, if you see bats while climbing, please let us know by emailing us at climbersforbats@colostate.edu, or visiting our website to learn more. climbersforbats.colostate.edu."

Thank You!
Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (warnercnr.colostate.edu/rschorr/)
Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation
Robert.schorr@colostate.edu

90 Total Climbs

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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
 16
Patriot Act
Trad, TR
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 44
Jim's Throne
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 11
MeatHead
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 17
Calvin Corner
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 26
Super Crack aka Wise Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 21
Thin Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
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
 21
Surf The Boogie
Trad, Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Big Mama
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Screams
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Angulation
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Nasty Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Pigs in Space
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Eves Rib
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Patriot Act White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs
 16
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad, TR
Jim's Throne White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 44
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
MeatHead White Rocks > 7 - Zorro Was Here Area
 11
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Calvin Corner White Rocks > 9 - Calvin's Slabs
 17
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Super Crack aka Wise Crack White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 26
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Thin Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mister Gut Wrench White Rocks > 10 - Pillar 2
 14
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
Surf The Boogie White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 21
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Big Mama Brown Rocks > Brown Rocks
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Glen’s Roof aka Linda Scre… White Rocks > 13 - Glen's Roof Wall
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Angulation White Rocks > 12 - Angulation Wall
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nasty Crack White Rocks > 11 - Jim's Wall
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pigs in Space White Rocks > 8 - Coroner's Area
 14
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
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