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Pond Bank 


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Elevation: 1,200'
Location: 39.86733, -77.52657 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Jeff O'Farrell on Jun 12, 2011
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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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).


97 Total Routes


['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',41],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',37],['5.7',13],['5.8',6],['5.9',10],['5.10',12],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',4],['V2-3',12],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pond Bank:
The Great Chimney   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Classic Corner    5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Well Groomed When Pruned   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   White Rocks : 10-Pillar 2
Jim's Throne   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Patriot Act   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   White Rocks : 09-Calvin's Slabs
Sign of Zorro   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Mister Gut Wrench   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   White Rocks : 10-Pillar 2
Super Crack aka Wise Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   White Rocks : 12-Angulation Wall
Thin Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Pigs in Space   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   White Rocks : 08-Coroner's Area
Nasty Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   White Rocks : 11-Jim's Wall
Glenís Roof aka Linda Screams   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   White Rocks : 13-Glen's Roof Wall
Angulation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   White Rocks : 12-Angulation Wall
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Cal's Ceiling 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b  PA : Pond Bank : ... : 09-Calvin's Slabs
Climb the offwidth (for the skinny just about a squeeze chimney) and pull the roof. If avoiding offwidths the face also can be climbed then pull the roof and this goes about 5.5/5.6....[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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White Rocks as seen from the Cumberland Valley
White Rocks as seen from the Cumberland Valley
Mister Gut Wrench follows the offwidth to the top.
Mister Gut Wrench follows the offwidth to the top.
Patriot Act, 5.4, Calvins Slabs
Patriot Act, 5.4, Calvins Slabs
Pond Bank has a handfull of awesome cracks like this one Wise Crack. Check out Mr. Gut Wrench, Pigs in Space, Glens Roof and Cohens Crack (very short but sweet) also if you want to jam a little.
Pond Bank has a handfull of awesome cracks like th...
Jim's Throne on the left, Sign Of Zorro on the right.
Jim's Throne on the left, Sign Of Zorro on the rig...
The view from Wise Crack.
The view from Wise Crack.
Light as a Feather at the Rune Stones.
Light as a Feather at the Rune Stones.
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By The Stoned Master
From: Millerstown, PA
Feb 1, 2013

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.

By Justin Johnsen
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 10, 2013

Hey Stoned, I'll make two sub areas under Jeff's Pond Bank main page, and assign them as yours. Then I'll shuffle the existing content under those to help visitors find their way.