Climb at Schaffer Rocks


Added by Jared Markovsky

Great place for a casual afternoon of crag climbing (some traditional as well). Also, Michaux State Forest is a great place to pack a lunch and view the sites. 

Schaffer Rocks is a great little crag located in South Central Pennsylvania in Michaux State Forest. It is primarily a top roping location with routes ranging from 5.3-5.11. Building anchors is easy at this crag because you approach the crag from above, meaning that no leading is necessary to get up to the anchor locations. There are only a few climbs that have bolts for anchors come come prepared with gear for building anchors. 

Getting there is pretty easy. This crag is easy to get to from surrounding towns, mainly Carlisle, Chambersburg, and Gettysburg. From route 233, take Old Forge Road until you get to Swift Run Road. This will be a decently wide dirt road leading uphill. Take the road for about 5 minutes until you reach a sharp left turn.The dirt road isn't technical so normal passenger cars can make it up without any major issues. There will be an obvious pull-off for parking at the curve. Park there and follow the trail for about a minute to the top of the crag. 

From here it is easy to drop gear and start building anchors. Most climbers will just set anchors at the top and move all bags and other equipment down to the bottom of the crag. If you are standing on the top of the crag looking outwards, there will be a fairly steep trail to your left that leads down to the base of the crag. Once settled, the base is a nice place to relax and spend the day. There are also some good hiking trails around the area and a nice little stream.

There are not a whole lot of options for camping except for the PATC cabin. This cabin is located a couple hundred feet away from the crag just down the hill. It's an awesome little shelter with a nice outdoor fire pit and plenty of room inside. 8 people can easily sleep inside. This cabin can be reserved through the PATC website. 

The climbing is pretty good for South Central PA. There's not really any leading abilities at this crag. No bolted routes for sport and not quite tall enough for good traditional climbing. That being said, a basic trad rack can be quite useful for setting anchors on certain climbs. This is a great place for introductory climbers or just a casual day at the crag. The abundance of bouldering listed on MP is a bit deceiving. There's only one really solid boulder called the Cheese Grater, which has a couple V2-V4 problems. 

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