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Breakneck is a small bolted cliff south east of Pittsburgh in the small area known as Breakneck. It can get slightly crowded on weekends, so consider one of the other several crags in the area as a backup plan.

The cliff faces the north east and will receive morning sun. However due to the shade that exists for the majority of the day, snow can remain on this hillside for days after it melts elsewhere. It can be a good crag following a day of rain, thanks to the morning sun and great quality rock. The rock is sandstone and in great condition, as are the bolts and anchors.

A few trad lines exist, but if you want to climb some cracks this definitely is not the area. The route to the far left is listed as a trad route on Tim's page, but is now bolted. This was to increase traffic on the route in hopes of keeping the dirt/moss from returning, and it can still be led with gear.

Eclipse is the most obvious route on the main wall and goes at 5.6. It is where a lot of SW PA climbers led their first route. Another classic is Mosquito on the left part of the wall. The faint of heart can avoid the 10a bulge by escaping right on a separate 5.8 line of bolts. This is great for those in groups with varying skill levels.

Getting There 

Breakneck earns some of its popularity due to its easy 10 minute approach.

Parking can be found at the following coordinates:

Google Maps Directions

Park and walk up the road towards the east a short way until you see a wooded trail that crosses a stream on your right. This trail is just after a red house on your right. Follow this logging path up the hill (past a few interesting but dirty boulders) and look for a stone cairn on your right. This marks the beginning of the trail straight up to the rocks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

22 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Breakneck:
(9) Eclipse   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Main Wall
(3) Mosquito Variation   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
(10) Grab Your Balls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Wall
(2) Mosquito   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Main Wall
(5) Bowling Ball   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Main Wall
(6) Transfusion   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 55'   Main Wall
(7) Burning Balls   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Main Wall
Crimp Fest   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   Main Wall
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Beau coming up Transfusion 5.11b.

(6) Transfusion 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  PA : Southwestern Highlands : ... : Main Wall
The interesting start with a rocky landing well warrants a stick clipped first bolt. Once through the opening crux, work your way up the face to the bulge pull the bulge and find easier climbing to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

Photos of Breakneck Slideshow Add Photo
Main Wall Middle II
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle II
Laura Hahn starting up Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks, PA
Laura Hahn starting up Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks...
Breakneck overview.
BETA PHOTO: Breakneck overview.
A fall overview from the top of Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks, PA
A fall overview from the top of Mosquito at Breakn...
Right Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Left
The classic arete boulder problem at the base of the Main Wall at Breakneck Rocks, PA
The classic arete boulder problem at the base of t...
Lower Slab
BETA PHOTO: Lower Slab
This photo shows the top portion of the climb.  The tombstone appears prominently.
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows the top portion of the climb. Th...
Main Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle
Laura transitioning the stem to the lay-back.
Laura transitioning the stem to the lay-back.
Main Wall Right
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Right
Breakneck is known for its sport climbing, but also has great bouldering! Here is Aubree on the Main Block Arete.
Breakneck is known for its sport climbing, but als...
Right Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Middle
Main Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left
Right Wall Furthest Right
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Furthest Right
Main Wall Left II
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left II
Tee Pee Block
BETA PHOTO: Tee Pee Block

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By MicktheeMick
Jul 23, 2012
Just finished a better topo and updated route listing.
Info gathered on site via climbers and old printout.
Credit given where known on FA, etc...
email or send me msg to get a copy.
By Tim Anderson
From: Acme, PA
Sep 6, 2012
As of 8/2012 All hardware has been upgraded and improved.
By Andrew Garman
Nov 22, 2012
This crag is packed with classic bouldering problems.

Main bloc:
1. The arÍte is a classic V3.
2. From the arÍte finishing in middle of the overhung face is V10+ project.
3. Start on good hold at bottom right of bloc, climb face using 2 small pockets is V7.

There are another 8 good boulders in the woods. Established problems range from V0 to V7. There were several undone projects.
By Kevin Martin
May 30, 2013
First time at breakneck in a while. The new hardware is AMAZING, thanks for all the upgrades!!
By Zi Brown
Apr 1, 2014
Hi all, I just uploaded some route pictures to go along with Tim Anderson's Breakneck Guide. They should match pretty close (with respect to route numbering and grading) to what his guide states.
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 2, 2014
Zi, love the topos, thanks!