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Routes in Beam Rocks

Elevation: 2,594 ft
GPS: 40.133, -79.157 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Joe L 82 on Aug 9, 2014
Admins: Justin Johnsen, Kyle Stapp, SCPC
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Description

Easy access and approach, ~25' - >60' high PA sandstone cliffs. ~100 yards long Cracked & broken sections, single pitch. Very shaded, damp, some areas to moss covered to climb, but where it is good....it's good ;) mix bag of holds, cracks, seams, veins, holes, if you know SWPA gritstone and sandstone you know what i'm talking about.

NO PERMANENT EQUIPMENT (no bolts). Top rope for majority of routes as trad on PA sandstone is not always possible but there are some cracks which possibly could be done trad. This being said rocks will be rough on gear, especially rope coming off the top so pack accordingly. A good brush and extended brush will also come in handy. Area is frequented by hikers throughout the day, especially the top main section, some climbers may feel uneasy and worried about their anchors being messed with or simply hikers unintentionally knocking down debris on the route, a 3 person team would be great, one on the rope, one to belay and another to keep watch up top. There are a fair amount of boulders worth messing around on. Some nice easy problems V0-V1 some V3's-V5 and a few >V6.

Not many serious boulderers currently hitting this place up, grades of listed problems are open for interpretation, send any of these? shoot me a message and let me know what you think, I'd be happy to change the grades listed to the consensus. On occasion you bump into some TR'ers here.

Yes I am sure all of this has been climbed before but there is no available info so it has to start somewhere.

Things to watch out for, poisonous plants, ivy, oak ect... Venomous snakes, Timber rattlesnakes (ask me how i know ;) )

Please check out this link

rockclimbing.com/routes/Nor…

on rockclimbing.com for some more info a member over there had put up regarding some of the top rope routes. They have a topo and some grades for some of the climbs.

Getting There

(for problem locations check out topo picture in the photo section)

From Ligonier or further West take Route 30 East up the mountain, at top make right onto Laurel Summit Rd. From Jennerstown or further East, take route 30 West past Jennerstown, at top of mountain turn left onto Laurel Summit Rd.

Once on Laurel Summit Rd, follow it for a couple miles until it turns into a dirt rd, then past some parking along the rd on the right. Stay on the road for another couple miles keeping an eye on signs on the left. a ways PAST Beam Run sign, there will be a small parking area on the left and a sign that says Beam Rocks. Park there and then begin on foot or bike on the trail that goes to the climbing areas. At one point the trail forks. If you stay left it heads to the top of the main crag and from there find your way down around towards the left, scramble down the trail to the bottom from there you can then walk the base of the cliffs around lots of boulders. If you would have stayed right at the fork in the trail it is an easier trail down around the Western side of the crag (recommended path for bouldering or people with lots of bulky gear I ride my bike the whole way with crash pad on back) There are few boulders of note, some are just below the crag along the bottom and some are towards the more Western side of the crag, there is a main trail that comes around that end, there is a few boulders to your left about 20 yards down from cliffs. The main boulder of note that has some nice problems on it (~17-20' rock) It is directly on the main path there, past the first group of boulders another 30yrds give or take, can't miss it. Some V1-V5 problems on that rock. This path will continue towards the Eastern side of the crag, you will have to cut left a ways down the trail where you can see the top point of the main crag and it will put you below the main crag. This is the route I use to access the boulder problems on this side of the crag.

Lots of potential high ball problems on Western side of crag and amongst boulders below the crag.

There is another smaller cluster of rocks in a different area, visible from entry road in fall and winter on the left on your way to Beam Rocks parking. I recently checked them out, One part in particular looks pretty nice with a decent roof section, some good problems to be had there. Park at the Burma Trail parking, continue on foot or bike, Make a left off the main trail onto side trail, follow that for a bit then make a left on the 1st intersecting trail (spruce) Follow that for 40yrds give or take until you see a small boulder on the left of the trail. 15yrds or so before that boulder turn off trail left, make your way through the under growth until you end up on the right side of a small cluster of ~20' high rocks. No trails there yet, main walls are mostly clean. The roof section is more on the right side of the rock cluster. (recently put up 2 photo's of this roof section after revisiting it briefly) Should be in the main photo's section

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Andy P.
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Andy P.   Wisconsin
Strict about closing time at sunset. I got back to my car about 20 minutes after sunset and had a DCNR ranger waiting to give me a talking to. Fortunately he was nice once he realized I was from Wisconsin and this was my first time exploring the area.

I really enjoyed climbing here, not a bad detour if you happen to be roadtripping past on I-76.

Setting up the overhang routes (see links above to rockclimbing.com pages) was challenging. I was about to give up because I only had a small amount of gear, but then I decided to try slinging the overhang itself. This was scary, it took me awhile to trust it, but eventually I tossed the rope, walked to the bottom, and gave it a most-intense pull test. It worked, I then TR soloed on it, took a couple of big (by TR standards) falls, and I lived... try this anchor at your own risk (or just bring 30m of burly static line and a bit of trad gear to back it up).

I took some photos of the main climbing area, look for them below. Nov 15, 2016
Tim V  
Driving beta:
If coming from the south (Donegal, I76) take 711N about 9miles then follow signs for Linn Run State Park to the right. More scenic drive than going up to the 30E intersection, and there is a spring water tap along the roadside(pull-off and picnic area)in the park. Follow Linn run rd it turns left and becomes Laurel summit rd. Beams parking area will be on your right.
Google map:
goo.gl/maps/yTf3icd9Av12 Sep 16, 2017

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