Elevation: 491 ft
GPS: 40.132, -76.695 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Seth Derr on Dec 30, 2011 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Justin Johnsen, William Sonoma, SCPC
Access Issue: Private Property Climb Only When Open to Climbing (from the GS COMP - Aug 31st, Closed in the Fall for hunting seasons) Details

GS Boulders

 

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:
http://www.scpclimbers.org/
https://www.facebook.com/SCPclimbers/
https://www.instagram.com/scpclimbers/?hl=en

Getting There

From the Harrisburg area and all points North and West: Find one of the many access points to 441 South and follow it through Middletown, past Three Mile Island on your right, until you come to Turnpike Road. Make a left on Turnpike and drive until you see Governor Stable Road on your right. Follow it to Conoy Township Park. PARK IN THE STONE PARKING LOT AT THE PARK! Walk down the hill and across a small one lane bridge, careful of traffic now, then cut into the woods on the obvious path.

Use the GPS Cooridnates listed above to reach the parking lot. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE STONE PARKING LOT

Access

GS IS CURRENTLY OPEN from December 15th, 2019 - August 31st, 2020!!!!!!

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/.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Governor Stable

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V0 4
 22
Private Slabby
Boulder
V0 4
 27
The Scoop
Boulder
V1 5
 37
The Pyramid
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 28
Balarete
Boulder
V4 6B
 19
Breadloaf Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 17
Moby's Dick
Boulder
V5 6C
 18
Juggernaut
Boulder
V5 6C
 12
Herr Left
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Low Ride
Boulder
V5 6C
 26
Cobra
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
King Tut
Boulder
V6- 7A
 10
Karmic Power
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
Cave Wave
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 11
Herr Right
Boulder
V9 7C
 4
Gin & Juice
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Private Slabby Warm-up Area
 22
V0 4 Boulder
The Scoop Warm-up Area
 27
V0 4 Boulder
The Pyramid Pyramid Area
 37
V1 5 Boulder
Balarete Warm-up Area
 28
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Breadloaf Arete Breadloaf & Immediate…
 19
V4 6B Boulder
Moby's Dick Moby's & Friends
 17
V5 6C Boulder
Juggernaut Moby's & Friends
 18
V5 6C Boulder
Herr Left Herr Brothers
 12
V5 6C Boulder
Low Ride Circuit
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Cobra Breadloaf & Immediate…
 26
V5 6C Boulder
King Tut Pyramid Area
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Karmic Power Warm-up Area
 10
V6- 7A Boulder
Cave Wave Cave
 3
V6 7A Boulder
Herr Right Herr Brothers
 11
V7-8 7B Boulder
Gin & Juice Pedal Boulder
 4
V9 7C Boulder
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