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Governor Stable Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.1319, -76.6952 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, The Stoned Master, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Seth Derr on Dec 30, 2011
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  • Governor Stable requires membership or a paid pass. The Circuit Area is currnetly closed to all climbing while access to the area is negotiated. Please respect the closed / no tresspassing signs posted near the pyramid. The rest of GS proper remains open to members and daypass holders. MORE INFO >>>
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  • Description 

    Governor Stable has a long history of access issues. It is located on private properety, and managed by a non-profit organization known as FrOGS (Friends of Governor Stable). Climbing here is available only to those willing to pay for the privelage. The cost as of January 1, 2012 is $10.00 for a day pass, or $60.00 for an annual membership. The preserve is open to climbing from January 1, 2015 thru August 31, 2015, then reopens January 1, 2016 thru August 31, 2016. Camping is not allowed at Governor Stable. The closest camping is the Elizabethtown KOA.

    Governor Stable Nature Preserve is located just off of Route 441 in the small villiage of Bainbridge, outside of Middletown, Pennsylvania. The rock is diabase, much like Mount Gretna and Haycock, which provides a style of climbing unique to this part of the country. Many of the problems are friction based, meaning the best time to climb at GS is the dead of winter when the humidity is low and the temperatures are ripe for sending. That being said, spring and summer ain't bad either, just be sure to check yourself for ticks throughout your visit. The boulders at GS are much more condensed than those at Gretna, contained to an area of just over 30 acres. Despite it's smaller size, there are nearly as many established problems as the area at Governor Dick, most of them very high quality. And while it seems like there are a lot rules governing the climbing here, i can assure you that once you arrive you will have a bouldering experience unlike any other, where friendly folks and amazing lines come together to make this little boulderfield a truly special place. Come see for yourself.

    Day passes and annual memberships, as well as a new full color 2nd edition guidebook assembled by Kevin Catlin and Ryan Shipp are available for purchase at The new book is also available at local gyms throughout the area. All proceeds go back into managing the preserve. Please Note: Passes and memberships can no longer be purchased at the boulders!!! Please use the internet. Any questions you may have regarding location, access, climbing, a link to the Facebook page, or anything at all pertaining to GS can also be addressed at

    Getting There 

    From the Harrisburg area and all points North and West: Find one of the many access points to 441 South and follow it through Middletown, past Three Mile Island on your right, until you come to Turnpike Road. Make a left on Turnpike and drive until you see Governor Stable Road on your right. Follow it to Conoy Township Park. PARK IN THE STONE PARKING LOT AT THE PARK! Walk down the hill and across a small one lane bridge, careful of traffic now, then cut into the woods on the obvious path.

    Use the GPS Cooridnates listed above to reach the parking lot. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE EXCEPT THE STONE PARKING LOT

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 1.5 miles from here

    119 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Governor Stable

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Governor Stable:
    The Scoop   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Warm-up Area
    Private Slabby   V0 4     Boulder, 16'   Warm-up Area
    Glass Arete   V1 5     Boulder   Warm-up Area
    Mushroom Crack   V1 5     Boulder   Moby's and Friends
    The Pyramid   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Pyramid Area
    The Dish   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Pyramid Area
    Planet of the Apes   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   Circuit
    Minky Mantle   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Moby's and Friends
    Cassablanca   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Pyramid Area
    Knead It   V3 6A     Boulder, 7'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
    Ballarete   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 12'   Warm-up Area
    Apex   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Circuit
    Breadloaf Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
    Tomb Traverse   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 15'   Pyramid Area
    Herr Left   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Herr Brothers
    Moby's Dick   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Moby's and Friends
    Low Ride   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Circuit
    Cobra   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Breadloaf & Immediate Vicin...
    Juggernaut   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Moby's and Friends
    Herr Right   V8 7B     Boulder, 18'   Herr Brothers
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Governor Stable

    Featured Route For Governor Stable
    Rock Climbing Photo: Herr Right, V7/8, Governor Stable

    Herr Right V8 7B  PA : South Central PA : ... : Herr Brothers
    Tall and proud, this line has a little bit of everything. Start with easy enough moves utilizing the arete to gain a high crimp, then bust out the crux toward a flat lip. Don't look down. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

    Photos of Governor Stable Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sign at GS
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    Rock Climbing Photo: A send of The 45 Sit. V8, Super Rad
    A send of The 45 Sit. V8, Super Rad
    Rock Climbing Photo: Kiosk
    BETA PHOTO: Kiosk
    Rock Climbing Photo: Knead It. V3. Governor Stable
    Knead It. V3. Governor Stable
    Rock Climbing Photo: Mushroom Cap. V3. Governor Stable
    BETA PHOTO: Mushroom Cap. V3. Governor Stable
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jessica on Fisticuffs. One rad splitter roof crack...
    Jessica on Fisticuffs. One rad splitter roof crack...

    Comments on Governor Stable Add Comment
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    By Seth Derr
    From: harrisburg, pa
    Dec 12, 2012
    Memberships for 2013 are now for sale at Looking forward to another great season!
    By Jeffrey West
    From: Anywhere, USA
    Mar 27, 2013
    This area is open. You must register on the website and daily or yearly passes CAN ONLY BE PURCHASED ONLINE!

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