|Wissahickon Valley Park
Wissahickon Valley Park contains most of the outdoor climbing on natural rock within the city limits of Philadelphia. Most of the climbing here is bouldering on Wissahickon Schist along the valley of Wissahickon Creek. There are also a handful of toprope, sport and/or buildering routes. The setting is mostly forested, giving it a scenic, isolated feel despite being so close to a major urban area. This makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts; you'll usually see hikers, runners, bikers, swimmers and tourists in decent weather.
The best bouldering is on the Manayunk end of the park along the bike path on Lincoln Drive. There are about 50 problems from V0-V11 (some pure lines, some are eliminates). If you enter from Ridge Ave, there are 5 distinct "areas"/boulders within a half mile (Urination Amphitheater (just off ridge), Main Area (top of the hill), Slab (just past 100 steps), Long Wall, & Torque (directly across from the (old) police station on Lincoln Drive).
The main spot for roped climbing is off Livezey Lane near Chestnut Hill.
Before the advent of indoor climbing gyms in Philadelphia, bolted sport routes under Henry Avenue Bridge were where local climbers practiced when it rained.
Fiends of the Wissahickon are a non-profit group that care for the park, beyond what the city does itself. You can volunteer for a trail maintenance day, learn about the park, or help out in other ways through their website.
There are countless parking areas around Wissahickon Valley Park, and climbing areas can be accessed by a network of trails.
Fairmount Park, supported by Friends of the Wissahickon.
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Zig Zag 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PA
: ... : Livezey Rock
Start with a few moves to get up the roof. "Zig" or traverse to the left and move up to the face. "Zag" right around an arete and up a gradually climbing set of holds well marked with chalk. Move up and "zig" back left to the anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in PA
Apr 4, 2011
Unfortunately the city removed all of the anchors and holds from the Henry Avenue Bridge last year when they did some extensive work on the bridge (thank you stimulus).
|By matt snyder|
Apr 13, 2011
The above refers to the Kelly drive boulder. It's fun if you like V0 traverses in direct sun with a lot of background noise and traffic.
The best bouldering is along the bike path on Lincoln Drive. There are about 50 problems from V0-V11 (some pure lines, some are eliminates).
If you enter from Ridge Ave, there are 5 distinct "areas"/boulders within a half mile (Urination Amphitheater (just off ridge), Main Area (top of the hill), Slab (just past 100 steps), Long Wall, & Torque (directly across from the (old) police station on Lincoln Drive).
Rich's Arete - V4
Easy Arete - V1
Sloper Traverse - V0
Urban Sprawl - V8
Jugs - V1
Simpson's 7 - V6/7
Rocco's Variation - V4
Center Arete (right start) - V7
Full Traverse - V6+
Unemployment Line - V9
The Slab - V0
Torque - V7
Unnamed Arete (just past the torque boulder, on the hillside) - V4
There are more boulders (10 problems?) making a crown on the hillside towards the end of the bike path (2 miles down) as you approach the Forbidden Drive Parking area, however these are on the other side of the creek. These are visible from the parking lot.
|By Dan Herscovitch|
May 4, 2011
That's too bad, I'd heard many a story about climbing the bridge and always wanted to try it. If I had the equipment and experience to re-drill it, I would absolutely be up for some special ops under the cover of darkness :)
Justin, I remember doing a 5.5ish climb at Livezey rock, but I can't remember what route it follows. I'm sure there is something on there easier than 5.7, anyway.
|By Rob Goldberg|
Aug 28, 2012
Please use your common sense. Imagine the precarious access situation we face with this valuable local resource. There are some areas where word of mouth makes more sense. All it takes is one incident for this area to be closed again.