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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 

    The Cave area is not a cave in the traditional sense, nor is it what we as climbers would refer to as a cave for sport climbing. The cave proper is a huge boulder (for diabase) stacked on top of a few smaller boulders that forms a room of sorts underneath. The actual room is a bit grungy and full of leaves that could shelter wildlife. The Cave boulder and surrounding boulders contain many tall problems, mostly on the easy side of the V spectrum.

    What is most interesting about this area is that, according to local lore, the Cave room itself was a domicile for hobo transients passing thought from the local railroad, which Amtrack still operates today. As well as down on their luck folks that lost their homes during the Great Depression. There is graffiti on the walls from the 1920's and 1930's to support this story. It is an area full of history. Please respect the historical aspect of this area and do not add to the writings on the walls. I have personally looked into the history of the area at the local Elizabethtown Public Library and found an article from the 1960's which talked about persons living underneath this rock.

    The Cave is the central area at Governor Stables. Uphill is the Humpback boulder which has the popular Moby Dick (V5) on it, and the Herr Brother's problems are connected to the area just downstream. It is within sight of the Juggernaut area, just downstream from that set of boulders. All of these boulders compromise one large area in my view.

    Getting There 

    The Cave is the central area at Governor Stable, between the Upstream Arete area and the Pyramid area.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 1.5 miles from here

    7 Total Routes

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


    Featured Route For The Cave

    Finish Line V10- 7C+  PA : South Central PA : ... : The Cave
    Finish Line starts on the Entrance Face hold and traverses left to finish on Entrance Arete. Crouch or sit start if possible on the flat basically one hand edge in the center of the steep face. This problem may appear V8 at first, but the dearth of footholds will prove otherwise. Make a long reach left to a five finger slot. It will help to have a long ape index to make the reach and skinny fingers to piano match in the slot. The holds are fairly okay. Put three fingers of your left hand i...[more]   Browse More Classics in PA

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