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Southwestern Highlands Rock Climbing 


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Brian McCall on The Torch v3 - Stonenation

Description 

Including the Pittsburgh vicinity, the western pillar of Pennsylvanian urbanity and academia; and the Laurel Highlands, this is the southwest section of the state. It is scattered with gritstone boulders.

Those in the area should check out the SWPACC (Southwestern Pennsylvania Climber's Coalition) on the Facebook to stay up to date on access issues and new developments.

facebook.com/swpacc

Getting There 

See each climbing area for local directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.9 miles from here

433 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',64],['3 Stars',181],['2 Stars',151],['1 Star',30],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',14],['5.8',20],['5.9',27],['5.10',52],['5.11',33],['5.12',12],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',41],['V2-3',42],['V4-5',61],['V6-7',39],['V8-9',16],['V10-11',13],['V12-13',3],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southwestern Highlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southwestern Highlands:
White Lightning   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Coll's Cove Bouldering : Main Area
Pinacle Point   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 10'   56 Boulders
3a. Main Bloc Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Breakneck : Bouldering
Joint Effort   V3 6A     Boulder, 13'   Coll's Cove Bouldering : Sharp Shooter
3b. Main Bloc Arete Sit   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Breakneck : Bouldering
Flying Dutchman   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 70'   Ohiopyle State Park : School House Crag
(9) Eclipse   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Breakneck : Main Wall
Solstice   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 80'   Ohiopyle State Park : Maple Wall
Firefly   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 35'   Ohiopyle State Park : School House Crag
(3) Mosquito Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Breakneck : Main Wall
(10) Grab Your Balls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Breakneck : Main Wall
(2) Mosquito   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Breakneck : Main Wall
(4) New School   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Breakneck : Main Wall
Arachnophobia   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 75'   Ohiopyle State Park : School House Crag
Humpty Dumpty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 70'   Ohiopyle State Park : School House Crag
O'Briens line   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Ohiopyle State Park : Bruner Run
Shifticus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Ohiopyle State Park : Maple Wall
Redline   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 50'   Ohiopyle State Park : Bruner Run
Natural Mystic   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 90'   Ohiopyle State Park : School House Crag
Loggia   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 85'   Ohiopyle State Park : Maple Wall
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Featured Route For Southwestern Highlands
Rock Climbing Photo: Mason on Joint Effort

Joint Effort V3 6A  Pennsylvania : Southwestern Highlands : ... : Sharp Shooter
Start matched in juggy pocket. Use the thin seam to your left and slopers to your right to get your weight up onto the slabby face. Stand your way to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

Photos of Southwestern Highlands Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Aubree on Sunset Arete.
Aubree on Sunset Arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda Sonon on Angry Dragon v2 - J-town
Amanda Sonon on Angry Dragon v2 - J-town
Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda Sonon on the Brain v1 - J-town
Amanda Sonon on the Brain v1 - J-town
Rock Climbing Photo: Amanda Sonon on the Brain v1 - J-town
Amanda Sonon on the Brain v1 - J-town
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun little 8' problem, after 2 sends i figure v2is...
BETA PHOTO: Fun little 8' problem, after 2 sends i figure v2is...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice 12' footer with a small cave to start in.  So...
BETA PHOTO: Nice 12' footer with a small cave to start in. So...
Rock Climbing Photo: fun little 9' rock, near South Fork, did not get a...
BETA PHOTO: fun little 9' rock, near South Fork, did not get a...
Rock Climbing Photo: 20' wall i found yesterday near South Fork looks l...
BETA PHOTO: 20' wall i found yesterday near South Fork looks l...
Rock Climbing Photo: 16 foot slight overhang near South Fork PA
BETA PHOTO: 16 foot slight overhang near South Fork PA
Rock Climbing Photo: Same Gritstone outside of South Fork, better view ...
BETA PHOTO: Same Gritstone outside of South Fork, better view ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fairly large Gritstone in the woods out side of So...
BETA PHOTO: Fairly large Gritstone in the woods out side of So...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brian McCall on Two Top v4 - Ghost town
Brian McCall on Two Top v4 - Ghost town
Rock Climbing Photo: Sam Weir on the Standard Bowers Arete V5 - Ghostow...
Sam Weir on the Standard Bowers Arete V5 - Ghostow...

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By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
Oct 15, 2014
The SWPACC (Southwestern Pennsylvania Climber's Coalition) is finally up and running! Please "like" the facebook page to stay up to date on access issues and new developments. facebook.com/swpacc
By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
Nov 12, 2015
CrazyApe Presents: Prepare for Download


Check out this short propaganda video featuring a glipse of just some of the classics that exist here in SWPA. The whole first half of the video is just Coll's Cove!
By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
May 18, 2016
This interactive map has the location of several popular and open access areas in SWPA. SWPA Sandstone

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