Popular belief is that the rocks are on State Gamelands 51 while the trail and parking are on private property. According to the map on the Game Commission Website, the northern boundary of the gamelands does not start until the Casparis area (south of Breakneck). The land is actually owned by a private company, possibly logging. Regardless, the locals seem to be friendly and do not cause much fuss. Ensure that it stays this way by packing out your trash and do not block any of the roads with your vehicle.
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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
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.
This is the route for any beginning sport climber. Start up the right side of the offwidth 2/3 of the way up start to stem and lay back off the left wall to the shuts....[more]Browse More Classics in PA
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.
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. Enjoy!!