Since the SCPC was formed in 2015, we have been dedicated to preserving access to climbing areas in South Central Pennsylvania.
South Central Pennsylvania Climbers is a group of dedicated climbers that volunteer to preserve access to rock climbing areas in PA. We would like to bridge the gap between landowners/land managers and the climbing community. We educate the general public about rock climbing, create risk management plans, fundraise to protect our natural resources, and assist in the maintenance of the lands that we care for.
Board of Directors
Ryan Shipp - President
Ryan Shipp is from the Harrisburg area. He first discovered climbing in 2001 through his older sister's boyfriend. They went to Mount Gretna, a new bouldering area at the time, and Shipp immediately knew that climbing was what he wanted to do with his life. The next day he went to buy climbing shoes and the following weekend went to the Gunks. From that day forward, climbing has been one of the driving forces in his life.
After a few years of climbing, Shipp worked at the Climbnasium as a route setter and instructor. During the summers, he would work as a climbing guide out west for an adventure travel company called Longacre Expeditions. In 2005, Shipp became an adventure education teacher at Yellow Breeches Educational Center. YBEC is a private school that works with "at risk" students in the Harrisburg area. Shipp believes that experiencing education in nature and challenging ourselves through activities is the best form of learning. Along with working at YBEC, he is a climbing guide for Penn State University and Dickinson college. He is Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI), Single Pitch Instructor (SPI), and is working toward his Rock Instructor Certification.
Shipp started getting involved with climbing conservation efforts in 2012 with the Friends of Governor Stable. After two years of volunteering at GS, Shipp and other locals saw a need for climbing conservation in more areas than just GS. In 2015, the group organized a new team and started South Central Pennsylvania Climbers. Shipp enjoys volunteering to protect our climbing access as well as preserve our natural areas in South Central PA. Shipp and the rest of the team would like to see SCPC continue to bring our communities together, preserve climbing access, protect natural resources, and educate the next generation of climbers.
Outside of work and volunteering, Shipp loves to climb all types of rock, any height, any angle, any grade, and any style. Oh, and he likes long walks on the beach (more like long bushwhacks at Elk).
Adam Hartman - Vice President
Originally from Central PA, Adam was introduced to climbing through a friend while attending college in 2006. Immediately, he was hooked on bouldering. He spent a majority of his college years in ‘God’s Country’ of Northern PA climbing and searching for boulders. After college, he spent a majority of his time at the closest climbing area, Governor Dick Park. Eventually he got involved as a volunteer and organized a bouldering competition. Since the first event in 2011, there has been a competition every year that raises money for the park. He also teaches two bouldering clinics per year, runs an annual trail day, and has written a comprehensive guidebook for the area. He is also the SCPC's ambassador for Governor Dick Park and hopes to continue to grow, learn, and contribute to the climbing community as much as possible.
Chris Bell - Treasurer
Chris started climbing ten years ago and it has since become a large part of his life. He's been developing climbing areas in Pennsylvania for years as well as route setting at Climbnasium. His favorite climbing area is Rocklands in South Africa. Outside of climbing, Chris enjoys traveling, playing chess, and tasting fine whiskeys. He has a constant drive to better himself as well as the Central PA Climbing Community.
Sean is a Mechanicsburg native that began climbing at Climbnasium back in 2010. While most inclined towards bouldering, Sean will not shy away from the sharp end of a rope. His favorite local crags are Governor Dick from the boulders and Safe Harbor for clipping bolts. As an ambassador for SCPC, Sean's job is to help the community grow through fundraisers, clean-ups, and bringing new members into the fold. Sean is often found training at Climbnasium where he has been a setter for three years. Outside of climbing, Sean works in Mechancisburg as a family wealth advisor.
Tom has always been drawn to the outdoors and the unique variety of education it has to offer. Tom was introduced to “real” rock climbing on a guided trip with his dad, brother, and sister when he was fourteen years old at Coopers Rock, WV. Since then, climbing has been an integral part of his personal and professional life. Despite deep concerns by his parents, Tom decided to pursue a career in the outdoor education and guiding industry. Over the years Tom has worn many hats: wilderness instructor, climbing wall and ropes course manager, Outward Bound instructor, and climbing guide to name a few. Tom is an AMGA SPI, AMGA CWI, WFR, WFA instructor, & Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Recently, in between playing Legos and having super hero battles, Tom enjoys sharing his passion for all outdoor endeavors with his two young sons and understanding wife. On the rare occasion he has some free time, Tom prefers cruising easy trad pitches or long alpine sufferfests in the mountains, but he will take what he can get as long as he is climbing.
Luke was introduced to climbing when he entered college as a Freshman. Having grown up in rural New Jersey, all Luke had known as a kid was sod and corn fields. Climbing had never even been a consideration until 2009. He developed skills and learned traditional climbing techniques from a mentor while attending college. Since then, he hasn’t looked back. Luke enjoys all disciplines of climbing. He’ll clip bolts on steep sport routes or attempt crimpy boulder problems, but he prefers long days on moderate terrain plugging in his own protection. Luke has spent the past few years gaining some alpine climbing experience in Grand Teton National Park with aspirations of working toward higher level guide certifications. Currently, Luke is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor and is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. Residing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, you can find him at local gyms or at many of the East Coast’s climbing destinations on various weekends.
Laura and Ryan Miller
Ryan and Laura Miller are Lancaster residents who call the Safe Harbor crags "home" (i.e. they can climb slab pretty much anywhere, but roofs and massive overhangs shut them down every time). You may see them at various local crags with two kids in tow or at youth climbing competitions cheering on their eight-year-old Rope Gun In Training. Nook and Lititz Rec Roc are their standard training haunts but they prefer to sport climb outdoors as often as possible (usually between kids' soccer games).