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The Knobs

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About The Knobs:

The Knob's is a Southwestern PA Gem. It is home to some of the nicest Western PA gritstone around. There are approximately 45 or so routes with difficulties ranging from 5.6 to 5.12c/d. All of the blocks are free standing and MUST be done on lead to setup any topropes. Please don't attempt to freesolo any of the block as they are more difficult than they appear. Recommended gear is as follows... Most routes take SLCD's, you can also expect to use tricams and occasionally a nut or two. Bolts are only placed where traditional pro is non existent. The bolts at the Knobs were placed back in the mid to late 80's with one route being bolted in '98. All of these have held falls. Please carefully inspect bolts before clipping them. The Knobs is a great place with little crowding due to the long approach in. Check out for more info.
Nearest town or city: Dunbar
Directions: If you take route 119 towards Uniontown PA. As you leave Connellsville and are heading towards Uniontown, you will go past a BP gas station on your left hand side. Go approx. 1 to 2 miles past it to the first traffic light. Make a left. Follow signs to Ohiopyle go approx. 5 miles, watch on the right hand side of the road for the Gamelands maintenance building. Its a small yellow brick building with a cyclone fence around it. Just before that building is a dirt road to the right. The corner is where the hard top road breaks away from the creek on your right. The dirt road will continue to follow the stream. Follow it approx. 2 miles over dirt road to a large parking lot on the left. Park your vehicle at this parking area. Time to hike. Get on the dirt road behind the parking lot (at the beginning is a gate) follow that up for approx. 1 mile. Cross a little bridge take the second right road after the bridge. Go up 100 yds. to an overgrown field on your right, cross the field to a logging road at the back left corner. Follow that up to through a somewhat overgrown road/path several hundred yards to the top (the rocks are on either side of the road/trail) The blocks resemble the blocks of Coopers Rock, WV. The majority of the climbing is on the right side of the road. The are many good routes here with mixed pro. You will find anchors at the top of the blocks for TR setup. Rappel anchors are on all major blocks.
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