Birdsboro is a sport climbing area located in an inactive quarry near Reading, PA. The rock is diabase, but the walls were created by cutting and blasting. So, unlike the local bouldering areas, the rock is smooth. The walls surround a lake and some multi pitch routes even climb above the water! The angle of the walls ranges from slab to steep overhangs. And the cliff height ranges from 30 to 110 feet. Birdsboro is the most popular crag in the Philadelphia area, so it can get crowded on weekends when the weather is good.
What Makes It Great
Birdsboro is the best place to sport climb near Philadelphia. “The Bird” has a little bit of everything. The Main Wall is the first wall on the upper ledge when you walk in. Hog Nose (5.11c) and Bye Bye Bolt (5.9) are some of the classics on this wall. If you want to climb tall pumpy routes, check out the Big Wall at the end of the upper ledge. Some of the Big Wall classics include The Streak (5.13a) and Groovin’ (5.11d).
In between the Main Wall and Big wall are several smaller walls including Orange Sunsine Wall and Zorro Face. Underneath the upper ledge is the Lower Wall. Here you will find short, well protected climbs like Mighty Midget (5.8) and I’m Lichen It (5.7). These are great for beginner climbers or the first-time leader. If you are into multipitch climbs, visit the walls on the other side of the quarry. Wall of Immortals, Ground Up Wall, and Reservoir Wall have two and three pitch climbs between 5.8 and 5.13.
Although quarries never make world class climbing areas, Birdsboro has better rock than most quarries. While most of the rock is solid, you may find loose rock on new or less popular routes. Wear a helmet if you decide to get on these routes.
Who is Going to Love It
Birdsboro has climbs for climbers of any level. If you're a beginner, there are over 70 climbs below 5.10. Entry level climbs can be found at almost any wall in the quarry. There are also some beginner multipitch options at the Reservoir Wall. If you are an advanced climber, check out the Big Wall and Wall of Immortals. These walls host a handful of climbs, from 5.12 to 5.14, that will keep you busy. Some of the most difficult climbs in the quarry include Flippin the Bird (5.13), Opposing Gravity (5.13) and Romania (5.14).
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main parking lot is at the end of Haycreek Road in Birdsboro, PA. To get there from Philadelphia, take 76 West to 422 West. After about 30 miles, turn left onto 345 South which will take your through the town of Birdsboro. Continue straight onto Haycreek road which dead ends at the parking lot. From the Parking Lot, look for a cable bridge stream crossing at the end of the parking lot. After the stream, follow the old road, cross a second stream and walk around an old building. From here you can go down to the reservoir level walls or up to the other walls.