Elevation: 492 ft
GPS: 40.132, -76.695 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Seth Derr on Dec 30, 2011 · Updates
Admins: SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Private Property. Details

GOVERNOR STABLE BOULDERS

GS is currently OPEN as of FEBRUARY 1st, 2021. Know before you go...

  • 2021 GS Rules
  • GS is private land and we all need to abide by the rules to ensure that we will have future access to climb here.
  • Due to SCPC's efforts, fundraising, and generous donations (Thank You ORGANIC CLIMBING!), the Governor Stable boulders are open for climbing from February 1st to July 31th, 2021 only.
  • COVID-19 is still present in our country. GS is a concentrated boulder field that is surrounded by a very small community. Abide by travel restrictions, wear a mask, social distance, keep your hands clean, and most importantly, show respect to others. This year’s lease is month to month depending on our actions/impact.
  • All visitors to Governor Stable must be signed up for the South Central Pennsylvania Climbers mailing list. SCPC must be able to contact the climbing community in the event of a access issue. Sign up for our mailing list at www.scpclimbers.org.
  • DRIVE SLOWLY on Governor Stable Rd. Park in the Conoy Township Parking Lot near the pavilion. This is the only parking for GS and the lot is only open from dawn until dusk. Do not park anywhere else or block any private driveways.
  • Once you are parked, walk down the road staying to one side and take a right onto the planks leading to our kiosk. Watch for speeding cars and say hello to the neighbors as you pass by.
  • NO DOGS or other animals are permitted at Governor Stable.
  • Alcohol is prohibited.
  • Keep your volume to a reasonable level. There are neighbors very close by and we want to keep a good relationship with the community.
  • CLIMB AT YOUR OWN RISK! Use good judgement. Climbing is only allowed from dawn until dusk. No night climbing currently.
    “Leave No Trace” principles must be followed at all times while at Governor Stable.
  • No native rock, flora, or fauna may be removed from Governor Stable at any time.
  • Camping is not permitted. The closest camping is at the Elizabethtown/Hershey KOA located 2.5 miles away.
  • The Slabs and Circuit Area are still closed. DO NOT GO BEYOND THE PYRAMID BOULDER. No trespassing.
  • As someone who is rightfully accessing Governor Stable, it is your duty to be a steward to the Governor Stable boulder field, follow the rules, and be a good mentor for new climbers.
  • From time to time, special events or area clean ups may restrict access to Governor Stable during the access season. All closures will be announced on the South Central Pennsylvania Climbers media sites.
  • If at any time you are found in violation of any of the access rules, your access to Governor Stable may be revoked.
  • Check the SCPC Facebook and Instagram for any most recent updates on access/events and Covid-19 closings.
  • Please consider donating to SCPC to help protect GS and other climbing areas in our region. 
  • THANK YOU!

Governor Stable has a long 25 year history of access issues. It is located on private property and managed by a non-profit volunteer powered organization known as the SCPC (South Central Pennsylvania Climbers). It is our responsibility as a community to keep a great relationship with the landowners, neighbors, and Conoy Township if we want to continue to access this special place. There is usually a fundraiser event on the 3rd weekend of each December. This event is designed to raise the funds necessary to pay for the lease and insurance to open GS each year.

GS is the most concentrated of our PA Diabase areas. The rock is similar to Mount Gretna and Haycock. GS is in a small hollow and is mostly South facing which makes it a great place to visit on colder days. It's protected from the wind and if it's a sunny day, the boulderfield will be about 10-15 degrees warmer than the parking lot at GS. The boulders are of high quality and the lines are very close together which makes for a lot climbing in one day. There are a fair amount of blocks with flat landings, but as with all bouldering, it's always great to have as many pads as possible. With the help of trail days and climbers helping to keep brush back, the climbing at GS can still be quite good into the late Spring. Summer can be challenging with warmer temps, but with the longer days, conditions will be better in early am and late pm. Enjoy the boulders GS and be grateful for each day that the landowners are opening their land to us.

Currently, the 2nd Edition Governor Stable Bouldering Guide is sold out. There is a 3rd Edition print 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. Part of the proceeds of all these guidebooks goes to helping to preserve GS.

EMERGENCY Information: Use good judgement and stay safe, but if you need it, the closest Urgent Care is Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Elizabethtown–Norlanco. The closest hospitals are Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Emergency Room, Lancaster General Hospital Emergency Room, and WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Department.

Access Sensitive (ALWAYS)

SCPC works hard to maintain a good relationship with the landowners as well as raise the funds necessary annually to pay the lease and insurance. Go to www.scpclimbers.org for more info on GS and other central PA climbing areas.

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

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V0 4
 23
Private Slabby
Boulder
V0 4
 31
The Scoop
Boulder
V1 5
 41
The Pyramid
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 31
Balarete
Boulder
V4 6B
 21
Breadloaf Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 19
Moby's Dick
Boulder
V5 6C
 22
Juggernaut
Boulder
V5 6C
 13
Herr Left
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Low Ride
Boulder
V5 6C
 30
Cobra
Boulder
V6- 7A
 10
Karmic Power
Boulder
V6 7A
 6
King Tut
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
 23
V0 4 Boulder
The Scoop Warm-up Area
 31
V0 4 Boulder
The Pyramid Pyramid Area
 41
V1 5 Boulder
Balarete Warm-up Area
 31
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Breadloaf Arete Breadloaf & Immediate…
 21
V4 6B Boulder
Moby's Dick Moby's & Friends
 19
V5 6C Boulder
Juggernaut Moby's & Friends
 22
V5 6C Boulder
Herr Left Herr Brothers
 13
V5 6C Boulder
Low Ride Circuit
 3
V5 6C Boulder
Cobra Breadloaf & Immediate…
 30
V5 6C Boulder
Karmic Power Warm-up Area
 10
V6- 7A Boulder
King Tut Pyramid Area
 6
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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