Northern PA Bouldering

New Highballs at the Annex

POSTED: Feb 06, 2015 BY: Sifu

Spring 2011

It started back during the winter of 2011 when I was tired of the lack of “local” climbing areas near Ithaca.One frosty wintery day I convinced my girlfriend, at the time, to come for a bushwack hike out in PA. The results from this amateur hike is what is now dubbed as Triple Roofs. The climbing here was, to put it lightly, not world class or abundant, but it gave me hope and the fire to see what was in the surrounding area.

One spring day after the thaw I took a good friend, Chris Chilas to see the roofs. He too was giddy of the idea of localized climbing. After that day I spent most non climbing weekends, looking for bigger and better areas. The more I looked the more I found.


Together Chris and I spent 2011-2012 developing areas such as Sunfish Pond, The Annex, McCraney Run, Doe Run, Buck Run, Kellogg Mountain.

Late 2012 when the boulder well appeared to be running dry is when the number of areas doubled. Boom! In a couple weekends of scouting, areas such as Long Valley, Cash Pond, Falls Creek, Mud Pond, Roofstafari, Coal Run were all unearthed and development begun.


A small team of us, Julie, Nina and myself put efforts in and developed more of Coal Run and Falls Creek. The Secrets, was discovered. The Super Secrets were also found while accidentally hiking. Julie and I cleaned house at another area the Bin Laden Cave.


During the Spring of 2014 I made a return visit to PA to do some development. I developed much of the Cash Pond side of the the mountain. Areas such as Cash Pond, Secrets, Super Secrets and the Bin Laden Cave.

During the early summer there was some development with in Sunfish Pond Park, notably the Shame Sausage.

Chad Cowan made a significant find of Hidden Leaf which add another small area in between Triple Roofs and Coal Run.


The climbing out here was amazing. Some of the best boulder problems I have ever been on were just waiting out in the forests untouched. Climbs such as Tailspin, God of Carnage, Drifting in and Out, Odysseus, Woman King, Ziggy Dubstep & the Spiders from Mars, Landshark, Coke Arete, Sleepwalker, Sleeping with Ghosts, Archaic Torso of Apollo, etc (the list could go on) are all phenomenal boulder problems.

New Highballs at the Annex


Jared Ruggieri has put up some amazing new climbs on the big boulder up at the Sunfish Pond Annex. Great work and cannot wait to try these great additions. Good work friend!

Leap of Faith first ascent

Flipper first ascent

Here is some more newness happening out near Falls Creek.

POSTED: Nov 06, 2014 BY: Sado-kun

I have been out in the wilderness of PA in search of rocks that my sensei might have overlooked. After some searching on google earth, my guitar student and I sent off on quite the dangerous journey. After  about 30 minutes of searching the mountain side while trying to avoid gunfire in the peak of hunting season we ended up at a new spot. This area offers as a great warm up area.

Chad Cowan First Ascents at Hidden Leaf

POSTED: Oct 23, 2014 BY: Sifu

A small new bouldering zone has popped up being called Hidden Leaf. Strategically located; filling in a small gap on that same old road between Triple Roofs and Falls Creek. Hidden Leaf has been developed by Chad Cowan and now that fall has arrived, we finally get a taste of where this kid has been hiding out all summer. Can’t wait to see more from here.

As more gets done here hopefully it can make its inclusion into the guide update. Another post on that coming soon.

I would love to hear from you!

Did you send a project or clean up a new line. I would love to know about it. Send me an email at crushing <at> pabouldering <dot> com

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