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New Donation Rocks Waivers Posted

Posted by Scott Woods on June 18th, 2015

We have a new version of the online waivers that are required for climbing at Donation Rocks.

As a reminder, all climbers are required to sign the following online waiver prior to visiting the rocks. You are required to carry a copy of the signed waiver with them while on the property. Please sign this document, print it out, and keep a copy in your climbing pack:

Sign the Donation Rocks Waiver (adult)

Sign the Donation Rocks Waiver (under 18 years old)

Just as a reminder, only the climbing on the right-hand side of the road is open. The left-hand side has separate land owners and is closed to all access.

A huge thank you again to Stone Mountain Adventures! They were responsible for opening public access to Donation Rocks for all of us.

Red Alert: Proposed State Gamelands closure to non-hunters during peak season

Posted by Scott Woods on January 22nd, 2015

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has proposed a new free permit system for all State Gamelands. One of the new regulations in this proposal would close PA Game Lands to all secondary users, climbers included, for nearly six months during hunting seasons.

There are so many climbing areas on Pennsylvania Game Lands, this is definitely the largest-scale climbing closure that Pennsylvania has ever faced.

The link below details the Access Fund’s position on the closure, as well as the call to action to write a letter to the Game Commission. This is the time for public comment, and we need to make sure that climbers’ voices are heard.

Please spend 5 minutes writing a letter to the Game Commission now, while the proposal is open for public comment!

Radical Reels Film Festival October 1st

Posted by Scott Woods on September 24th, 2013

Feel like kicking back with a beer, watching some high-quality, outdoor adventure films, and supporting your local climbing advocacy organization? Join C3PA as we bring the Radical Reels Film Festival to State College again.

Excerpt from Race For The Nose

Where: The State Theatre
When: Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, at 7pm
Beer For Sale: Yes

How: Buy tickets and get the rest of the details here

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance talk

Posted by Tom Mrotek on September 11th, 2011

Jackie Feinberg with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) will be giving a presentation on her organization at this week’s Penn State Outing Club meeting. The SUWA is committed to protecting lands in Utah’s redrock canyon country. She will be speaking about this as well as their current campaign directed at the protection of public lands around Canyonlands National Park.

The details for the Penn State Outing Club meeting are Tuesday September 13th at 8pm in 140 Fenske Lab on the Penn State campus.

Please attend the meeting and learn what you can do to assist another nonprofit with their efforts to protect climbing areas. While C3PA was founded on a very local level, many of us enjoy climbing in Southern Utah and throughout the west. We must give equal attention to our national climbing areas as we do local.

Donation Rocks Adopt-A-Crag a Mindblowing Success!

Posted by Ieva Perkons on April 29th, 2011

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Finally, a long-overdue recap of a really great day at Donation Rocks! Despite some sub-par weather, we had a solid turnout at the first-ever Donation Rocks Adopt-A-Crag Event. Over 50 folks were on hand to help with trail-building, tree-felling, brush removal, and the extremely satisfying removal of the No Trespassing and No Rock Climbing signs that have guarded the rocks for the last five years. Highlights included the heroic arrival of former (so he thinks) C3PA board member Tom Mrotek and his crew of dirty hippies who cycled from State College to Donation Rocks with climbing gear, work gear, and some heavy-looking lunch items (which were partly devoured by an ill-behaved climber’s dog who shall remain unnamed), a sunset toprope session on some Donation classics just as the sun finally emerged from the clouds, and the consumption of large quantities of delicious food and tasty beers compliments of the unparalleled hospitality of the Millars, who not only purchased and opened the rocks to the climbing public, but gave us FREE FOOD AND BEER. “Thank you” doesn’t even begin to cover it. . .

Which brings me to serious, heartfelt and tremendously thankful portion of this blog post. As climbers, as C3PA’ers, as folks who just like to be able to romp around in beautiful rocky areas, we are deeply grateful to Jud and Anne Millar for their generosity, vision, and uncommon commitment to the local climbing community. Jud and Anne have been incredibly enthusiastic and proactive about forging a positive relationship with local climbers. They have gone to great lengths to set the stage for a respectful, warm, collaborative relationship with the climbing community, and we owe them our heartfelt thanks and utmost respect for the land that they’ve been so willing to grant us the privilege of sharing.

Donation Rocks Open to the public on May 1st

Posted by Ieva Perkons on April 21st, 2011

Hi all! Just a note to all of you who are anxious to get your hands on some Donation sandstone: we’re asking folks to wait until May 1st to climb at Donation. The landowners need another week or so to finish up some last-minute legal details, and they have requested that we ask the climbing community to wait just a tiny bit longer to rope up at Donation Rocks.

After May 1st, however, climbing season at Donation begins! PLEASE remember to fill out the online waiver before heading to the rocks.

And finally, a big, very belated thank you to all the climbers that showed up and worked hard during the Donation Rocks Adopt-A-Crag event! To call the event a huge success is a big understatement. Look for a proper post soon that gives the event, the attending climbers, and most of all Donation Rocks landowners, the credit they deserve.

Donation Rocks Waiver

Posted by Scott Woods on April 7th, 2011

To climb at Donation Rocks, all climbers will be required to fill out a free, online waiver prior to showing up at the rocks, and to carry a copy of the signed waivers with them while climbing on the property.

Sign the Waiver Now

A link to the secure form will be emailed to you to verify your identity, and you can then sign the form online. After you’ve completed it, you’ll receive a copy that you can print out and put in your climbing pack.

Properly protecting the landowners from liability is a key aspect of opening this climbing area to the public. Please sign your waivers, carry them on you, and help to ensure that others have done the same.

Thank you!

Donation Rocks Adopt-a-Crag Event this Sunday!

Posted by Ieva Perkons on April 6th, 2011

Things are smoking here at C3PA headquarters. We’re getting ready to rally the troops to show up at Donation Rocks this Sunday to meet the new landowners (Stone Mountain Adventures, for those of you just tuning in), help out with some trail building and general maintenance, hand out a few goodies compliments of the Access Fund, and engage in some rock adventures of the single pitch variety. Please join us and show your support for Stone Mountain Adventures’s generosity and commitment to the climbing public.

Here are the event details:

Adopt-A-Crag at Donation Rocks

  • Time: 10:30am to 5pm
  • Parking is limited. For those interested in carpooling, meet at Jo Hays Vista (Route 26 at the top of Pine Grove Mountain) at 10am.
  • Bring your lunch and any fun trailbuilding tools you may have (shovels, pulaskis, gloves)
  • We’ll be ending the work session with a couple hours of climbing, so make sure you don’t leave the climbing gear at home!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to email

Donation Rocks Soon Open to the Public!

Posted by Ieva Perkons on April 5th, 2011

Well, folks, we have some fantastic news to report. Stone Mountain Adventures has purchased the land containing a portion of Donation Rocks (all of the rocks on the right side of the road as you’re approaching from Route 26) and will soon be opening the land to the general climbing public!

Stone Mountain Adventures (SMA) has been exceedingly generous and tirelessly enthusiastic about re-opening this area to climbers. C3PA, along with the Access Fund, has been working with SMA to help mitigate the legal risks incurred by opening up private land to public climbing activity. SMA will be asking all climbers to fill out a free, online waiver prior to showing up at the rocks, and to carry a copy of the signed waivers with them while climbing on SMA property. Climbing will officially be open to the public once this waiver system is in place.

In the meantime, please continue to comply with the climbing closure until SMA has a chance to put up the necessary signage and finish building their online waiver system. We’ll let you know as soon as the area is officially reopened!

Can’t let another weekend pass by without squeezing some Donation sandstone? Come out, meet the new owners, help out with some trail building and maintenance, and then celebrate by roping up and pulling down. Donation’s first ever Adopt-A-Crag event will take place this Sunday, April 10th. Details to follow very shortly!

Banff Film Festival on April 12th and 13th

Posted by Scott Woods on April 1st, 2011

The Moshannon Group is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival on Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th. The films highlight a wide range of outdoor recreation and environmental concerns. It’s always an outstanding evening and a great way to hang out with the local outdoor community.

The State Theatre
130 West College Avenue
Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th (different films each night)
Doors Open at 6 p.m.
Films begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Appalachian Outdoors, 123 S Allen St.