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Rock Climb at White Rocks

Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


Added by Kyle C

White Rocks otherwise known as Pond Bank is a single pitch top rope and trad climbing area with views of the fields below.

White Rocks, a segment of the slightly larger Pond Bank area, is a single pitch top rope or traditional climbing area. To get there, follow 30 until you are a few miles west of Caledonia State park and reach an intersection of 997. You can then head south on 997 until you reach White Rock Road.  Follow this road until you find some trail blazes on trees to your left and park at one of the many pullouts. You can look for a water tower as well as this is within a few hundred yards of the climbing area.

From here, head north into the trees, passing multiple separate crags including Coroner’s walls, Jim’s Throne and Glen’s Roof. The climbs will all be on your right.

Jim’s Throne has some of the cleanest and easiest top rope access. These routes include the namesake, Thin Crack 5.7, Classic Corner 5.3, and Jester 5.7.  If you feel like getting on a roof, go one hundred yards past Jim’s Throne area to Glen’s Roof. Here you can pull a roof at 5.9 or take the more direct route, Eves Rib, at 5.10.

Another smaller section includes Calvin’s Slabs area which is a bit closer to the parking than the others. There are a few low angle trad leads here, and is a great place to practice trade with great gear and manageable climbing. The routes here range from 5.4 to 5.7 single pitch with options for gear or tree anchors at the summit.

White Rocks is one of my favorite places to climb in Pennsylvania. The protection is solid and the access for the most part still remains easy.  This climbing is also on Michaux State Forest so camping rules fall under Pennsylvania State Forest authority. This generally means camping is allowed. Enjoy!

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