Governor Stable Bouldering
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DescriptionGovernor Stable has a long history of access issues. It is located on private properety and managed by a non-profit organization known as SCPC (South Central Pennsylvania Climbers). Thanks to the efforts of this organization and a successful 2015 Bouldering Competition, climbing at Governor Stable is free for the 2016 season, which runs until 8/31/2016. 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.
A new full color 2nd edition guidebook assembled by Kevin Catlin and Ryan Shipp are available for purchase atfriendsofgs.org. The new book is also available at gyms and climbing shops throughout the area.
Ryan Shipp also released a digital version of the guidebook with Gunks Apps (gunksapps.com/governor.html).
Getting ThereFrom 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
Classic Climbing Routes at Governor Stable
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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