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Pennsylvania : Southwestern Highlands : Coll's Cove Bouldering

Coll's Cove pre-guide

Pete Baertsch

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Pete shared a free pre-release of his full guide in progress at one point, but my link went dead. Check the Coll's Cover page on FB, which seems like a live contact line.


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PA Climbing

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PA Climbing (Holzman 2015 print version)

Rob Holzman / sold via

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"Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pennsylvania “the Secrets of the Keystone State”.
The Pennsylvania Rock Climbing and bouldering guidebook is a 500 page comprehensive guidebook for all of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Rock Climbing GuidebookThe first comprehensive guidebook for the state of Pennsylvania. This book has detailed descriptions, history, precise topo maps, and grades for over 50 areas throughout Pennsylvania. The PA climbing guidebook is the first book to document statewide climbing history for a state that has little documented information until now. The book is nearly 500 pages, making it the one of the largest statewide guidebooks in print.

About This Guidebook
This guide is full of topos, history, and route descriptions for areas like Haycock Mountain, a massive bouldering area just north of Philadelphia, dozens of trad and sport climbing areas like Boxcar Rocks and areas in Central and Eastern PA. The Hunter Rocks bouldering destination area near State College. All the bouldering areas and sport crags in Mocanaqua just outside the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area and a short drive from Philly. This guide is the only statewide guidebook for Pennsylvania and the only book that includes bouldering and climbing areas for PA."

Book cover from Griz's website.

Ice Climbing Pennsylvania

Rob Ginieczki / sold via

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Griz Guides has some free sample downloads from this book on their website. Covers the Narrows and many other areas.

"This is the first and only ice climbing guidebook for Pennsylvania. Rob Ginieczki and Griz Guides has created a detailed and thorough comprehensive book to highlight Pennsylvania’s steep and fun ice routes. This book covers over 180 ice and mixed routes throughout the state. Whether you live in Pittsburgh or the Poconos, this book has some excellent climbing in your neighborhood. This 280-page book features the Lehigh Valley, Pocono Plateau, North Central Mountain, and Laurel Highland regions. You can find detailed maps, action photos, accurate descriptions and grades for ice routes in Pennsylvania."

Rock 'n' Road: An Atlas of North American Rock Climbing Areas

Tim Toula

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Rock 'n' Road: An Atlas of North American Rock Climbing Areas includes a chapter on Pennsylvania. It only gives the broadest notes on climbing areas - many of which have closed since it was published - but it gives curious climbers ideas about where to look - or avoid looking - for new routes.

Climb Pennsylvania (2007)

Curt Harler

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Climb Pennsylvania, second edition, 2007. Looks like an overview of climbing areas in PA.

Thumbnail of the book cover from Amazon.

Rock Climbing New Jersey (2000)

Paul Nick and Neil Sloane, published by Falcon Guides

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Not a Pennsylvania guidebook, but it covers some crags near the state line, including Ralph Stover State Park and Mount Minsi.