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Elevation: 994 ft
GPS: 40.5742, -77.94381
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Shared By: Ken Hull on Nov 5, 2019
Admins: Justin Johnsen, SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC
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ATTENTION: Parking at Donation Rocks is at the two pull-offs only (see the poster on the main page photos). NO PARKING is permitted anywhere else along the road.

This upper wall is sometimes overlooked by newcomers because it’s a bit hidden in the summer months due to the dense foliage below it and its elevation above the road. However, there’s nothing hidden about its ability to challenge you! Top rope, trad, and now sport, the Upper Wall offers a variety of options in a small area. The staging area offers lots of room to spread out without pushing back nature - big rocks, many flat, offer lots of durable surfaces for you and your gear. Two things that are like bonuses of the Upper Wall are that it’s elevated above the hollow allowing for longer daylight climb time, and the right side is so overhung that you can keep climbing in a light rain and not get wet (not so much for your belayer :) To the far left and up the hill from the Upper Wall is a little wall that’s great for bouldering. Lay an Organic’s pad at its base and stay low or high-ball it - either way, great fun!

Top rope anchors are easily accessible via the trail to the left and up the hill and around to the top - one set for the left side and one set for the right side. On both I recommend a self equalizing cordelette to allow for better coverage of each wall.

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Best to park at the upper lot. From there you walk up the trail next to the sign and proceed maybe 100 feet up and to the left. It’s a little steep and slippery when wet or covered in fallen leaves and pine needles. Really slick when you have both.

Bat Conservation | How You Can Help

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See a Bat on a Route, Give Us a Shout! 

Hey climbers, Ken Hull here with Access Fund, South Central PA Climbers, and your Ambassador here at Donation Rocks. I’m working with Rob Schorr at Colorado State University 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 ( 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, or visiting our website to learn more."

Thank You!
Rob Schorr

Zoologist, Colorado Natural Heritage Program (
Director, Climbers for Bat Conservation

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Camel Head
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Camel Head Left Side
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
The Shield Left Side
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Damnation Right Side
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Shark's Fin Right Side
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
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