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Elevation: 35'
Location: 40.43449, -79.94969 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Adzima on May 19, 2007
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The bridge pillar used to support some bridge between Schenley Park and South Oakland. There are four bolted routes ones about 5.9, another 5.10, the other two are more difficult (5.11ish?). The blocks are cut stone about 3' by 6'. Amazingly there ae a variety of holds on each route. Jams, pinches, slopers, and of course crimps.

If you live in Pittsburgh its worth one trip. If you go to Pitt, well it may be the only climbing that won't get you arrested.

Getting There 

Underneath the Blvd of the Allies. Park at the small playground and then scramble thru broken glass down the hillside. You probably could rap in off the current bridge, but you might meet the boys in blue.

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Throw Away Your Keys 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a PG13  PA : Pittsburgh : The Bridge Pillar
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By MicktheeMick
Apr 9, 2012

I have been climbing here since I moved to PGH (15+yrs ago). The ratings given are a little high. The range is more like 5.7/5.8 to 5.11a. All the climbs here have a couple variations (IE: right/left of bolts direct).

This is a great place to start people in sport leads, as it allows an easy TR set-up and using a tailing dead line for practicing placing and clipping draws safely.

By Colin Schmucker
Oct 20, 2012

Can I get some more precise directions please? There are multiple bridges that could be considered as connecting Schenley and South Oakland. Is the park that you are supposed to park at called Ophelia park?