Submitted by: Jeff O'Farrell
DescriptionPond Bank includes two main areas, Brown Rocks and White Rocks.
Brown Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of brown Antietam Quartzite rock facing northwest into the Cumberland valley. The crags are located on the northwest side of the Monalto Mountain, part of the Appalachian Mountains in Franklin County PA. This formation can be seen off to the right or south of White Rocks.
Climbs at Brown Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 45 feet. All the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected. It is also an excellent top rope area as well.
White Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of white quartzite (Antietam Formation, Early Cambrian age) on the west face of the Rocky Mountain facing west into the Cumberland valley, in Franklin County Pennsylvania.
Climbs at White Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 125 feet on the major Pillars. There are several sport routes, but the bulk of the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected.
Getting ThereFrom the north: From US 30, turn south onto PA 997 to Pond Bank (approx. 2.2 miles).
From the south: From PA 16, square in Waynesboro, PA, turn north onto PA 997 towards Mont Alto. Follow PA 997 to Pond Bank.
At the intersection of PA 997 and White Rock Road turn right (from the south) or left (from the north) towards the mountain. Go straight toward the mountain entering Michaux State Forest. Park in the lower parking lot at the water towers access gate (approx. 1.9 miles).
White Rocks as seen from the Cumberland Valley
Mister Gut Wrench follows the offwidth to the top.
Jim's Throne on the left, Sign Of Zorro on the right.
The view from Wise Crack.
Pond Bank has a handfull of awesome cracks like this one Wise Crack. Check out Mr. Gut Wrench, Pigs in Space, Glens Roof and Cohens Crack (very short but sweet) also if you want to jam a little.
Way of the Alpine Buddha Boulder.
Patriot Act, 5.4, Calvins Slabs
Light as a Feather at the Rune Stones.
CommentsThe Stoned Master Feb 1, 2013
ANCHORS: only the `angulation` wall has bolted top anchors. There is a rappel chain inbetween `Jim`s Throne` and `Pillar 2`. If your rope gets stuck (not the best overall setup) there is a cave in the area that you can climb up/through.
You'll have to build your own anchors on top for most climbs and walk off or walk on the cliffs top to the rappel chain. There are enough options for anchor placements that most people have no problem building safe/strong anchors.
There are plenty of trees, rock horns or boulders on top a lot of areas that easily/safely (for the trees) allow you to leave webbing (or whatever you use to rappel). Please DO NOT wrap your rope around a tree to rappel, it has been proven time and time again to hurt the trees. BRING WEBBING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK OFF and be mindful how and where you leave it.
This area is top rope only accessible (no leading required). Be mindful that not all
areas tops are easy to get to without leading, some will require effort to find a route of least resistence.
Justin Johnsen 3 days ago
Hey Stoned, I'll make two sub areas under Jeff's Pond Bank main page, and assign them as yours. Then I'll shuffle the existing content under those to help visitors find their way.
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