Adirondacks

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This a popular club favorite wintertime destination. The above jpg file can be viewed from the documents section on this website. The above TOPO from USGS give perspective to this climbing area we know as the Dacks. Introduction The Adirondacks (‘Dacks’) has great rock climbing and ice climbing.  While there are many climbs in wilderness settings, […]

Overall Falls and Thunderbird [ice(tr,trad)]

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When conditions are right, these two waterfalls offer the perfect ice climbing experience and setting. Being within the Shenandoah National Park boundaries, these falls make for a long but pleasant day trip from the DC Metro Area, and even offer a nice sense of “back country isolation” (when they’re not crowded). At 90 feet tall, […]

Finley’s Folly [ice(tr,trad)]

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View Google map It was about 50 feet tall, involved some neat stemming, and had some short but steep steps separated by nice stances where I could sink stubbies.  I estimate it went at grade 3-3+, and it was especially fun because one of the guys who was also out at the crag by coincidence […]

Virginia Ice

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Shenandoah Natl. Park Hawksbill N. Face: a few lines stand on their own as ice lines; others are sections of alpine-type climbs on several rock ribs; WI3-4, up to 30m, awkward terrain at base of climbs with fragile vegetation so definitely not suited at all to groups; access from Whiteoak Cyn trailhead via Cedar Run […]

McAfee’s Knob [rock(bouldering)]

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View Google map From Jay Shultis’s guide for McAfee’s Knob (see Guides below): “As one of the most heavily hiked sections of the Appalachian Trail, McAfee’sknob (pronounced MAC-a-fee’s) is a very popular destination. The 3.5 mile hike is wellworth your while. The panoramic view available at the knob is astounding. The factthat there are over 75 climbable boulders […]

Springfield Bouldering [rock(bouldering)]

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This is a local bouldering spot in Springfield, VA. It’s an outstanding area off of Franconia Springfield Pkwy and Hooes Rd. The place has a good selection of hard overhung boulder problems, and even a bolted top rope wall (The top rope section is the vertical rock face facing the parkway, there are two bolts […]

Turkey Run [rock(tr)]

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From the “deservedly obscure” department, in case anyone else cares (or even climbed it already, not that I saw any evidence anyone tried anytime recently) — There’s just one outcrop along the Potomac at Turkey Run Park that isn’t short, and just one obvious line on it, maybe with a couple variations, but at least […]

Annapolis Rocks [rock(tr,trad)]

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Annapolis Rocks is one of the better toproping areas around. They have super classic topropes in the 5.8-5.10 range, and short trad leads ranging from easy to hard. There’s a good 5.8 next to Black Crack, and a 5.6 variation of Ounce of Perception that’s worth doing.Black Crack (photo: http://www.jeffdeutsch.com/albums/20001000/3.html) and Ounce of Perception (photo: ) are […]

Little Stony Man [rock(tr,trad)]

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Nestled deep in the Shenadoah National Park above skyline drive is the short hike from the parking lot that takes you to the spectacular vistas of Little Stony Man cliffs. Driving south on Skyline Drive at approximately mile marker 39, the Park Service  anticipated the popularity of this crag and hiking area by place a […]

Buzzard Rocks [rock(tr,trad)]

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Over the last five years, Buzzard Rocks has gone from being an obscure crag to everyone’s favorite day trip destination for moderate climbing in the DC area. The approach hike is a little daunting, but the rewards are excellent views, a good breeze on even the hottest summer day, and of course excellent slab climbing […]