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Governor Stable Rock Climbing 

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Knead It. V3. Governor Stable

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Governor 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 at The new book is also available at gyms and climbing shops throughout the area.

Getting There 

From 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

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

132 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Governor Stable

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Governor Stable:
The Scoop   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Warm-up Area
Private Slabby   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Warm-up Area
The Pyramid   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Pyramid Area
Mushroom Crack   V1 5     Boulder   Moby's and Friends
Planet of the Apes   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   Circuit
Knead It   V3 6A     Boulder, 7'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
Minky Mantle   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Moby's and Friends
Cassablanca   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Pyramid Area
Ballarete   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Warm-up Area
Apex   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Circuit
Breadloaf Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
Tomb Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Pyramid Area
Cobra   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
Karmic Power   V5 6C     Boulder, 10'   Warm-up Area
Moby's Dick   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Moby's and Friends
Herr Left   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Herr Brothers
Low Ride   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Circuit
Juggernaut   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Moby's and Friends
Cave Wave   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Herr Brothers
Herr Right   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Herr Brothers
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Featured Route For Governor Stable
Rock Climbing Photo: The Dish boulder.  Cool topouts!

The Dish V1 5  Pennsylvania : South Central PA : ... : Pyramid Area
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Jessica on Fisticuffs. One rad splitter roof crack...
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Entrance
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By Jeffrey West
From: Anywhere, USA
Mar 27, 2013
This area is open. You must register on the website and daily or yearly passes CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE!
By nickmartino15
Jan 29, 2017
Access is open for the year. Dates for this year are January 15 - August 31.

No charge for day passes as the competition and other donations covered the lease for the year!

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