Local Access Alerts
The Narrows Ice Climbing
The Narrows are closed for the 2018 ice climbing season starting February 1st, 2018 due to nesting Peregrine Falcons. For more information on the closure, please check out Doylestown Rock gym's excellent resource page and weblink. Please comply with this closure while representatives from the community work with land managers to re-establish access in coming years.
Local Climbing Areas
A retired quarry some dedicated locals have bolted for sport climbing. No toprope access, all routes must be lead ground up. Approx. 1 hour West of Philly. The rock can be loose in places so make sure to bring your helmet!
Safe Harbor is a sport climbing area (mostly slab) along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Approx. 1 hour and 45 min. from Philadelphia. The North and South sections of Safe Harbor face southwest, making it a great winter destination.
Governor Dick A.K.A Mt Gretna
A favorite area for bouldering approx 1hr 40min away. Easy access, great trails and great landings make this one of the most popular diabase bouldering areas for the Philly community.
The Governor Stable Boulders are located on private land approx. 2 hrs from Philadelphia. With sensitive access and limited dates for climbing January 15th, 2017 - Aug 31st, 2017 get it while you can! It's worth the wait and the drive. Be respectful and abide by the GS 2017 rules!
Haycock doesn't have a webpage like PA's other finest bouldering areas , but it does share the same quality Diabase and it's the closest to Philadelphia at approx. 1 hour 20 min. Haycock can be tricky to navigate for the uninitiated, but lucky for you we have a link to the new guidebook app authored by local Philly hardman Char Fetterolf.
Here are some other gems of Pennsylvania if you're itching to explore some far away blocs.
Need Partners or a Guide?
We get it, sometimes its hard to find the right partner for the routes you want to climb or to even find a partner at all. Luckily there are plenty of options out there for the partnerless. Whether you're looking for belay buddy at the gym or a professional to teach you big walling and multipitch trad these links have you covered.
Philly can be a bit of a gear desert. We have some REI's and Eastern Mountain Sports for the basics, but if you're looking for a bigger selection of shoes, harnesses, sky hooks, big wall gear or guidebooks to try out you're going to have to travel. While visiting the east coast's finest crags we recommend stopping by these local fixtures. Try on anything and everything because these are the closest legit gear shops to Philly.
Rock and Snow The Gunks
The Mountaineer The Adirondaks
Waterstone New River Gorge
Miguels Red River Gorge
IME New Hampshire