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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.
Breakneck earns some of its popularity due to its easy 10 minute approach.
Parking can be found at the following coordinates:
40.03471,-79.543113 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 (note: Tonsef
adds that this house has been painted a different color, probably whitish blue?). 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.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
57 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Breakneck
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BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Right
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle II
A fall overview from the top of Mosquito at Breakn...
BETA PHOTO: Breakneck overview.
The classic arete boulder problem at the base of t...
Laura Hahn starting up Mosquito at Breakneck Rocks...
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows the top portion of the climb. Th...
Laura transitioning the stem to the lay-back.
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Right
Breakneck is known for its sport climbing, but als...
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Middle
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left
BETA PHOTO: Right Wall Furthest Right
BETA PHOTO: Main Wall Left II
BETA PHOTO: Tee Pee Block
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.
1. The arête is a classic V3.
2. From the arête 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!
By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
Jan 29, 2015
In case everyone doesn't know, this is the new parking situation at Breakneck. A few months ago there was a complaint about parking at the usual pull off by the stream. The SWPACC asked some of the land owners and decided these new spots would be better for now. The areas in green on this picture are the new spots (this image is old and shows a trailer and cars in this lot, but it's clear now), and obviously red is the old spots. It only adds another 2 minutes of walking up the road.
New parking info for Breakneck!