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Outdoor Rock Climbing Locations

Valley to Summit’s rock climbing program uses numerous climbing crags to run our various outdoor rock climbing trips.  Each location is unique in scenery, rock type, rock quality, rock hight and climbing routes.  By climbing at different crags, you will expose yourself to new challenges and grow your climbing potential.

Below is a short description of the climbing crags, a list of the types of trips we run at each crag and the general location of the climbing area.

RALPH STOVER (AKA “HIGH ROCKS” or “Stover”)

We spend the day in a beautiful gorge along a horseshoe bend in the Tohickon Creek in High Rocks State Park near Ralph Stover State Park located in Bucks County, PA. The rock raises 200 ft offering great views of Tohickon Creek and the surrounding forest. The exposed climbing faces rang from 40ft to 100ft high and have over 100 climbing routes of all levels.

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Top Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301Self Rescue Clinics

Rappel Trips: 100ft rappels!!!

General Location: High Rocks State Park, Pipersville, PA, 18947. Bucks County near Doylestown and only 20 minutes from New Hope.

BIRDSBORO

A local climbing crag that was once a quarry, Birdsboro Rock Quarry is now a climbing destination in Berks County, PA with well over 100 routes that range in difficulty and height. The adventure begins right away with 2 shallow crossing of Hay Creek; you can wade the water to cross or traverse a cable bridge.  With the creek crossings, the walk to the climbing area takes about 15-20 minutes.

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Sport ClimbingIntro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingSelf Rescue Clinics.

General Location: Birdsboro, PA, 19508. Berks County near Pottstown and French Creek State Park

CHICKIES ROCK

Chickies Rock is a premier climbing crag with cliffs over 100ft overlooking the eastern bank of the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County, PA. Geologically, Chickies Rock is the largest exposed Anticline (an arch of stratified rock in which the layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest) on the east coast. A great spot for climbers of all levels

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingRappelling, Intro to Traditional ClimbingTop Rope Anchors 101 & 201Self Rescue Clinics

Rappel Trips: Depending on the trip, there is an 80ft rappel and a 175ft rappel!!! Both are very exposed and are thrilling.

General Location: Columbia, PA, 17512. Lancaster County near Chickies Rock County Park and York and Ephrata PA.

Rocks State Park

 

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingRappellingTop Rope Anchors 101Self Rescue

Rappel Trips: 80ft rappels!!!

General Location: Jarrettsville, MD 21084 (Northeast Maryland). 

MICHAUX state forest | POLE STEEPLE

Located along the ridge line, Pole Steeple’s 80 ft. summit is among the most dramatic summits in Pennsylvania. There is a 1/2 mile uphill hike to get to the climbing area, but the solid rock, wilderness setting and world class views are the reward.  The climbing crag is along the famous Appalachian Trail corridor.

VTS Rock TripsTyrollean Traverse, Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, RappellingIntro to Traditional ClimbingTop Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301Self Rescue Clinics

General Location: Gardners, PA 17324. Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In the northern section of Michaux State Forest and centrally located to Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Carlisle & Mechanicsburg

MICHAUX state forest | SHAFFER ROCK (AKA “THE HERMITAGE”)

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, RappellingIntro to Traditional ClimbingTop Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301Self Rescue Clinics

General Location: South Mountain, PA 17261. In the southern section of Michaux State Forest and centrally located to Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Carlisle & Mechanicsburg

WHITE ROCK ACRES

VTS Rock Trips: Top Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301, Intro to Traditional Climbing, Self Rescue

General Location: Just South of Boiling Springs, PA and 30 minutes Southwest from Harrisburg, PA.

ANNAPOLIS ROCKS

VTS Rock Trips: Intro to Outdoor Rock ClimbingRappellingTop Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301Self Rescue Clinics

General LocationMyersville, MD 21773. Close to the Pennsylvania boarder–located in Maryland’s South Mountain State Park between Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland

MOCANAQUA

The Mocananqua climbing crag, known as “Main Wall” or “Moc Wall,” is famed “as arguably one of the best climbing locations in Pennsylvania,” according to one author. Nestled in the heart of PA’s anthracite coal region near Wilkes-Barre, PA, the surrounding landscape is a great example of reclaimed land. The rock is similar to the rock in the renown Shawangunks (the “Gunks”) in New York. Enjoy climbing this awesome 80 ft cliff situated in a deeply-forested grove.

VTS Rock Trips: Intermediate Outdoor Rock ClimbingRappellingTop Rope Anchors 101, 201 & 301Self Rescue Clinics

General LocationWapwallopen, PA 18660. 15 miles south of Wilkes-Barre, PA.