Governor Stable Bouldering
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GS IS CURRENTLY OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 31, 2020!
Governor Stable has a long history of access issues. It is located on private property and managed by a non-profit organization known as SCPC (South Central Pennsylvania Climbers). Thanks to the efforts of this organization, supportive landowners, and successful fundraising, climbing at Governor Stable has been open to the public from January - August. Camping is not allowed at Governor Stable. The closest camping is the Elizabethtown KOA.
Governor Stable Nature Preserve is located just off of Route 441 in the small villiage of Bainbridge, outside of Middletown, Pennsylvania. The rock is diabase, much like Mount Gretna and Haycock, which provides a style of climbing unique to this part of the country. Many of the problems are friction based, meaning the best time to climb at GS is the dead of winter when the humidity is low and the temperatures are ripe for sending. That being said, spring and summer ain't bad either, just be sure to check yourself for ticks throughout your visit. The boulders at GS are much more condensed than those at Gretna, contained to an area of just over 30 acres. Despite it's smaller size, there are nearly as many established problems as the area at Governor Dick, most of them very high quality. And while it seems like there are a lot rules governing the climbing here, I can assure you that once you arrive you will have a bouldering experience unlike any other, where friendly folks and amazing lines come together to make this little boulderfield a truly special place. Come see for yourself.
Currently, the 2nd Edition Governor Stable Bouldering Guide is sold out. There is a 3rd Edition Guide in the works and SCPC will let you know where to get it upon being available. There is also a GS App with Gunks Apps (gunksapps.com/governor.html).
Support SCPC to continue to keep GS and other areas preserved! Find them and their events here:
Use the GPS Cooridnates listed above to reach the parking lot. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE STONE PARKING LOT
SCPC works hard to maintain a good relationship with landowners as well as raise the funds necessary annually to pay the lease and insurance. You must register at SCPC's Mailing List BEFORE visiting. The reason for this is to contact everyone in the event of a access change. Register your email at scpclimbers.org/.
Classic Climbing Routes at Governor Stable
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