This area is near State College. Bellfonte Quarry has a long history of climbing
and some halfway decent sport climbing for Central Pennsylvania. Unfortunately
this area has always been closed to climbing. I only list some general info
here and advise climbers to stay away from climbing here. Police regularly patrol
and fine climbers for trespassing. Although that hasn’t stopped the TV show
Mythbusters from trying to film an episode here this year!
Bellfonte is still very much closed to climbing. Some of the nearby sister quarries have been filled in. A devoted local climbers organization has been working on access issues but has not updated any info in nearly 2 years regarding any progress. Hopefully they will gain access; it would be shame to loose this area.
Curt Harler and Trudy Healy–a regular climbing partner of the legendary Fritz Weisner–were the climbers who first discovered Bellfonte in 1960s. The famous Mugs Stump also frequented this area. It wasn’t until the ’70s that significant development started. During this time Mike Warner climbed Coleman is a Faggot and many other classics. The major development of he bolted climbs here came about after 1986. Eric Horst, Russ Clune, Hugh Herr, Jim Bowers, Rick Mix and many other climbers were active here for a long time. One of the most interesting climbs was “Manufactured” by running a saw down the cliff and cutting a crack into the limestone, creating a 75′ crack. El Crackitan is the nice crack in the photo above.