Pennsylvania’s Governor Stable (GS) boulder area is officially open for the season! Located in Northwestern Lancaster County in the small village of Bainbridge, GS is open from January 1 to August 31 each year. It has over 250 problems on about 63 boulders ranging in difficulty from V0 to V10 and beyond, and is a must-visit destination for any boulderer in the Northeast. We featured GS in our latest magazine issue because of the rad boulders and also the great work that the Friends of Governor Stable are doing to preserve access to the area.
Located on private property, Governor Stable was closed to climbing for a number of years. But, a group of climbers formed the non-profit organization Friends of Governor Stable (FrOGS) and worked with the landowners in 2010 to open the 30 acres of solid PA bouldering for 8 months each year. Outside of January 1-August 31, the landowners use the land for hunting, and climbing is strictly off limits.
In order to support FrOGS and keep the area open, you need to buy a day pass for $10 or a season pass for $60 through www.friendsofgs.org. A mini-guidebook can be accessed at the FrOGS website here, and a 70-page print edition has recently been released (we’ll be posting a review of it soon!).
Check out what Governor Stable has to offer in this nifty video from FrOGS, and get down to PA!