Pond Bank includes two main areas, Brown Rocks and White Rocks.
Brown Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of brown Antietam Quartzite rock facing northwest into the Cumberland valley. The crags are located on the northwest side of the Monalto Mountain, part of the Appalachian Mountains in Franklin County PA. This formation can be seen off to the right or south of White Rocks.
Climbs at Brown Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 45 feet. All the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected. It is also an excellent top rope area as well.
White Rocks is a beautiful outcrop of white quartzite (Antietam Formation, Early Cambrian age) on the west face of the Rocky Mountain facing west into the Cumberland valley, in Franklin County Pennsylvania.
Climbs at White Rocks are predominately single pitches, and as high as 125 feet on the major Pillars. There are several sport routes, but the bulk of the climbs are traditionally (Trad) protected.
From the north: From US 30, turn south onto PA 997 to Pond Bank (approx. 2.2 miles).
From the south: From PA 16, square in Waynesboro, PA, turn north onto PA 997 towards Mont Alto. Follow PA 997 to Pond Bank.
At the intersection of PA 997 and White Rock Road turn right (from the south) or left (from the north) towards the mountain. Go straight toward the mountain entering Michaux State Forest. Park in the lower parking lot at the water towers access gate (approx. 1.9 miles).
ANCHORS: only the `angulation` wall, inbetween Jims throne and pillar 2 and on top of calvins slab have rappel anchors. even on those features expect to be building anchors. everywhere else here you definitly have to build your own anchors.
You'll have to build your own anchors on top for most climbs and walk off or walk on the cliffs top to the rappel bolts. There are enough options for anchor placements that most people have no problem building safe/strong anchors. There are plenty of trees, rock horns or boulders on top a lot of areas that easily/safely (for the trees) allow you to leave webbing (or whatever you use to rappel). Please DO NOT wrap your rope around a tree to rappel, it has been proven time and time again to hurt the trees. BRING WEBBING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WALK OFF and be mindful how and where you leave it.
This area is top rope only accessible (no leading required). Be mindful that not all areas tops are easy to get to without leading, some will require effort to find a route of least resistence.