Since the SCPC was formed in 2015, we have been dedicated to preserving access to climbing areas in South Central Pennsylvania.

Our Mission

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 land owners/managers and the climbing community. We strive to educate the general public about rock climbing, create risk management plans, fund raise to protect our natural resources, and assist in the maintenance of the lands that we climb on.


Ryan Shipp - President

Ryan Shipp is from the Harrisburg area and discovered climbing in 2001. The first place he climbed was at Mount Gretna (before the trails). From that first day out climbing, the sport has been one of the main driving forces in his life.  Shipp got his career started as an instructor at the Climbnasium. He Adventure Educator at a private school (YBEC) that works with our youth as well as a part time climbing guide for PSU and Dickinson College. He is a certified WMA WFR, ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and L4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor, AMGA CWI Provider, AMGA SPI, and is working toward his AMGA Rock Guide certification. Shipp gets pulled in many directions for other amazing sports, but climbing will always be the 1st choice. Shipp is the Author of the Governor Stable Bouldering Guide. He is driven to contribute and volunteer his free time to protecting and preserving our climbing areas. Outside of work and volunteering, Shipp loves to climb all types of rock, any height, any angle, any grade, any style, and anywhere.

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.

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
— Aldo Leopold