Outdoor Climbing weekend (Saturday to Sunday) at Shaffer Rock

Shaffer Rock is in
Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. This is only about a 1.5hr drive from the Shady Grove metro station (without traffic, of course). The cabin is booked, but I will be calling tomorrow to find out about the availability of car camping within the park. Another option is the
Granite Hill Camping Resort, but that will cost $21/person for 2 nights and we may not be able to adjoining campsites. This trip is not for inexperienced climbers. You do not have to have outdoor climbing experience, but you must at least be a competent gym climber and know how to belay. You *MUST* have your own climbing harness, climbing shoes, and helmet (a bike or ski/snowboarding helmet is sufficient). I reserved a primitive campsite in Michaux State Forest that's only about a 30-minute drive from the climbing for Saturday night. The site has no water or toilets, so we'll have to bring in all of our water, dig cat holes for solid human waste, and pack out all of our trash. On the plus site, the campsite is gated and we can set up tents right next to the vehicles.

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  • Adam M.

    Seemed to me like everyone had a good time ;) I hope everyone has their fingerprints back and isn't still sore.

    June 30, 2010

  • Kevin

    Adam organized well. The group was fun and easygoing. The climbing was challenging for all levels 5.6-5.10+. Great weather. I am ready to go again when my fingertips recover.

    June 28, 2010

  • Tim M.

    I live close to Shady Grove, so I can drive from there.

    June 14, 2010

  • Von

    I will be driving, leaving Ashburn to go to Shady Grove. I have room for one person. I don't have a tent, but will probably buy one or sleep in my truck if there's no room or maybe under the stars :)

    June 14, 2010

  • Jim M

    I will be leaving from Reston and Going to Shady grove if anyone needs a ride. Also have a 2-3 person tent.

    June 14, 2010

  • Jim M

    Instruction from us is going to be far better than earthtreks or sportrock! We are always willing to help newer climbers and keep them safe

    June 12, 2010

  • lauren

    any decision on destination and dates? also, will we be camping? if so, i need to buy a new tent.

    June 11, 2010

  • Paul

    NRG and Summersville Lake are 4-5 hours away, but still worth a 3-day weekend. Lots of Sport routes and quite a few top-rope areas as well.

    June 3, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    For future reference, I have the gear to lead trad at Seneca. My rope is a little iffy for Seneca at 9.4mm, though. I'd rather have a 10.5 or doubles for the sharp flakes at Seneca.

    Also for future reference, there are two decent top-rope areas at Seneca. You can TR the north end of the Lower Slabs, which has routes from 5.7 to 5.12 on it, and you can top rope the East Face of the North Peak. About 30-40 routes are possible on TR. But for most of the classics, you need a trad rack.

    June 3, 2010

  • Adam M.

    Seneca is out. I didn't realize when I posted this event that Seneca is mostly trad, and I don't think there are enough people in the group to lead trad. Katie suggested Franklin, WV, which is actually a bit closer than Seneca. Read all about it at http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/West_Virginia/Roped_Climbing/Seneca_Rocks_Region/The_Panhandle/Franklin_Gorge/

    June 3, 2010

  • Tim M.

    Seneca would be awesome, but with a caveat: it's mostly trad. Do we have the equipment and experience for something like that, or can we find top-ropes?

    June 3, 2010

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