Carderock

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National Historical Park minutes north of DC’s Beltway. The crag itself is only a short walk from ample parking. This accessibilty is reflected in it’s popularity. The routes themselves are often well worn. The crag offers a wide range of climbing grades for top roping, and the top offers amply natural anchor points. This YouTube […]

Sugarloaf [rock(tr,trad)]

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Sugarloaf Mountain is a small 1,200 monadnock outlier of the Blue Ridge which rises from the rolling hills about 10 miles south of Frederick, MD. The private Stronghold Foundation owns the land and welcomes many hikers and climbers to their wooded peak each year. Roads allow visitors to drive most of the way up the […]

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 […]

Northwest Branch Creek Park [rock(boulder)]

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A couple dozen boulders in Northwest Branch Park in Silver Spring. Unlike most bouldering close to DC, many of these are actual boulders with top-outs. The difficulty level ranges from 5.1 to V11 (you don’t have to be a “real boulderer”). The area’s best features, though, are a two-minute detour off the Washington beltway, a […]