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Bellefonte Quarry

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Bellefonte Quarry Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.92357, -77.77977 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Patrick Mulligan on Sep 12, 2012
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  • Description 

    Excellent climbing on three main sections of cliff. The cliffs are made of of a tilted bed of limestone that were exposed when the area was quarried years ago. Both face and crack climbs are prevalent. Several of the face routes were put up 20+ years ago, so the bolts may be suspect. Also care must be taken when placing gear in limestone.

    Getting There 

    See the GPS location. In general, park on the street discretely and discretely walk into the quarry off of Armor Run Road.

    Climbing Season

    For the South Central PA area.

    Weather station 5.1 miles from here

    4 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Bellefonte Quarry

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bellefonte Quarry:
    Left Hand Eliminate   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
    El Crackitan   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
    Coleman's Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
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    Featured Route For Bellefonte Quarry
    Rock Climbing Photo: Coleman's Crack

    Coleman's Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  PA : South Central PA : Bellefonte Quarry
    Zig-zagging finger crack at the far right of the main wall. Old guidebook stated that "your second reason for your existance as a climber is to climb this route." Start with very small fingers (tips) on a steep but just under vertical wall. You may have to clean some dirt out of the lower crack to protect well. The crack zig zags providing rests at the short horizontals. The crack widens from tips down low to fingerlock prior to topping out....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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    By Rogerlarock
    From: Nedsterdam, Colorado
    Nov 25, 2012
    El crackitan 5.9+ bwaaaahhhaaaaaaaaa!

    The "20 y/o" bolts we put in (20+years ago) are mostly very long so as to penetrate multiple layers in the bedding plane of the rock. Yeah, I typed penetrate... Should still be okay...Prior to that the standard Bellefonte bolt was the total POS self-drive lag shield. Not a bad bolt for the dude placing it,otherwise crap. (Though most of them did hold some long falls.) The change occurred of course when we bagged drilling by hand from stances and went French, er a Sport,nope let's see..ok- top-down on rappel.
    Saddens me to see the quarry closed. Lots of memories there.
    By Patrick Mulligan
    Dec 14, 2012
    Then again. I don't ever remember climbing at the Quarry when it was "open".
    By John Groh
    Nov 9, 2013
    Note that the left-to-right sorting of the routes here is not correct. It should be, from left to right:
    El Crackitan
    Coleman's Crack
    Left Hand Eliminate
    By Justin Johnsen
    From: Sacramento, CA
    Nov 10, 2013
    Thanks JCG, fixed those.
    By scott fuzz
    Feb 25, 2014
    hey rick mix, any info on the bouldering start crack to the left of el C. maybe something lighting?? 12-ish?? thanks-
    By Patrick Mulligan
    Feb 28, 2014
    I can't seem to track down my old guide which has me somewhat freaked out at the moment, but I think you may be confusing White Lightning (the 5.7 discontinuous crack and pg-13 or R rated lead on the beginner wall)with White Line Fever. White Line Fever was a very narrow calcite filled crack at almost the end of the wall with crazy sharp and painful jams that went at roughly 5.12a or .12b and ended with some crazy run out hard slab moves. If that's what your talking about I believe its White Line Fever.
    By SuperB
    From: Cumming, Ga
    Jul 28, 2015
    I remember climbing here. we had a lot of fun El Crackitan was a great run.
    the lower walls were good practice.
    I remember White line fever it was the hardest climb i have ever made thought i would need a new set of fingers after that one.

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