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Breakneck Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 1,466'
Location: 40.03465, -79.54311 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Breakneck is a small bolted cliff south east of Pittsburgh in the small area known as Breakneck. It can get slightly crowded on weekends, so consider one of the other several crags in the area as a backup plan.

The cliff faces the north east and will receive morning sun. However due to the shade that exists for the majority of the day, snow can remain on this hillside for days after it melts elsewhere. It can be a good crag following a day of rain, thanks to the morning sun and great quality rock. The rock is sandstone and in great condition, as are the bolts and anchors.

A few trad lines exist, but if you want to climb some cracks this definitely is not the area. The route to the far left is listed as a trad route on Tim's page, but is now bolted. This was to increase traffic on the route in hopes of keeping the dirt/moss from returning, and it can still be led with gear.

Eclipse is the most obvious route on the main wall and goes at 5.6. It is where a lot of SW PA climbers led their first route. Another classic is Mosquito on the left part of the wall. The faint of heart can avoid the 10a bulge by escaping right on a separate 5.8 line of bolts. This is great for those in groups with varying skill levels.

Getting There 

Breakneck earns some of its popularity due to its easy 10 minute approach.

Parking can be found at the following coordinates:
40.03471,-79.543113

Google Maps Directions

Park and walk up the road towards the east a short way until you see a wooded trail that crosses a stream on your right. This trail is just after a red house on your right (note: Tonsef adds that this house has been painted a different color, probably whitish blue?). Follow this logging path up the hill (past a few interesting but dirty boulders) and look for a stone cairn on your right. This marks the beginning of the trail straight up to the rocks.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

57 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',5],['5.11',4],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',6],['V4-5',10],['V6-7',8],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',6],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Breakneck

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Breakneck:
3a. Main Bloc Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Bouldering
3b. Main Bloc Arete Sit   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Bouldering
(9) Eclipse   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Wall
(3) Mosquito Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
(10) Grab Your Balls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Wall
Resurrection   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Right Wall
Revisited   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 45'   Main Wall
(2) Mosquito   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
(4) New School   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Main Wall
(7) Burning Balls   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Wall
(6) Transfusion   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Main Wall
Crimp Fest   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   Main Wall
(8) Diesel   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Aubree at the start of 3a. Main Bloc Arete

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Photos of Breakneck Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Wall Furthest Right
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Furthest Right
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Wall Right
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Right
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Middle
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Left
Rock Climbing Photo: Laura Hahn starting up Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks...
Laura Hahn starting up Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks...
Rock Climbing Photo: This photo shows the top portion of the climb.  Th...
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows the top portion of the climb. Th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Where the trail starts; crossing the stream
BETA PHOTO: Where the trail starts; crossing the stream
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Left II
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left II
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left
Rock Climbing Photo: Breakneck is known for its sport climbing, but als...
Breakneck is known for its sport climbing, but als...
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic arete boulder problem at the base of t...
The classic arete boulder problem at the base of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: A fall overview from the top of Mosquito at Breakn...
A fall overview from the top of Mosquito at Breakn...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Slab
BETA PHOTO: Lower Slab
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle
Rock Climbing Photo: Tee Pee Block
BETA PHOTO: Tee Pee Block
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Middle II
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle II
Rock Climbing Photo: Map from parking area. Dont go down East End road ...
Map from parking area. Dont go down East End road ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Main Wall Right
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Right
Rock Climbing Photo: Laura transitioning the stem to the lay-back.
Laura transitioning the stem to the lay-back.
Rock Climbing Photo: Breakneck overview.
BETA PHOTO: Breakneck overview.

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Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Oct 21, 2016
By MicktheeMick
Jul 23, 2012
Just finished a better topo and updated route listing.
Info gathered on site via climbers and old printout.
Credit given where known on FA, etc...
email or send me msg to get a copy.
By Tim Anderson
From: Acme, PA
Sep 6, 2012
As of 8/2012 All hardware has been upgraded and improved.
By Andrew Garman
Nov 22, 2012
This crag is packed with classic bouldering problems.

Main bloc:
1. The arête is a classic V3.
2. From the arête finishing in middle of the overhung face is V10+ project.
3. Start on good hold at bottom right of bloc, climb face using 2 small pockets is V7.

There are another 8 good boulders in the woods. Established problems range from V0 to V7. There were several undone projects.
By Kevin Martin
May 30, 2013
First time at breakneck in a while. The new hardware is AMAZING, thanks for all the upgrades!!
By Zi Brown
Apr 1, 2014
Hi all, I just uploaded some route pictures to go along with Tim Anderson's Breakneck Guide. They should match pretty close (with respect to route numbering and grading) to what his guide states.
Enjoy!!
By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
Apr 2, 2014
Zi, love the topos, thanks!
By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
Jan 29, 2015
In case everyone doesn't know, this is the new parking situation at Breakneck. A few months ago there was a complaint about parking at the usual pull off by the stream. The SWPACC asked some of the land owners and decided these new spots would be better for now. The areas in green on this picture are the new spots (this image is old and shows a trailer and cars in this lot, but it's clear now), and obviously red is the old spots. It only adds another 2 minutes of walking up the road.
Rock Climbing Photo: New parking info for Breakneck!
New parking info for Breakneck!
By Christopher P. Smith
Mar 26, 2016
A couple of us were out here yesterday (3-25) and went to set up for "don't pat the tree". After climbing up, my buddy noticed that the right side bolt holding the ring to the rock was spinning. Not sure who to contact about this but I figured I'd put it out there
By Ben Comin
May 8, 2016
I notified Joel Brady from the Southwestern PA Climbers Coalition about the loose bolt on "Don't Pat the Tree" so that someone can tighten it up if they head out there in the near future.
By Andy P.
From: Wisconsin
Aug 20, 2016
Download the parking photo and maps in case you don't get cell reception up here. I also want to note that (especially at the base of right wall) there are some really large stacked boulders that create some fall hazards (in between the boulders) that are pretty ominous. Exercise care when walking on boulders and be aware this might not be the best crag if you have meandering children or pets along.
By Ktcallihan
Aug 25, 2016
Hey all, I found some gear on my way into the crag on Monday. If you lost something and can properly ID it I will be more than happy to return it :)
By Benjamin Gamble
Oct 21, 2016
Carpooling to Breakneck should be encouraged. The last few times we've been there both lots have been full and we saw people leaving by themselves.

It seems like if you see 15 people at the crag you'll see 15 cars in the lot.

Space is limited and we're guests on this property. It would be the neighborly thing to do to cut down on our interference as much as possible.

If you can't carpool the whole way, then consider meeting near the baseball field by Bullskin Elementary on 982 right off of 119 by Sheetz.