Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland  by Eric J. Horst and Stewart M. Green

Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland Guide Book

by Eric J. Horst and Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)
Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland  by Eric J. Horst and Stewart M. Green
The Mid-Atlantic region abounds with superb rock climbing areas, including hidden gems far from the crowds. From the granite peaks of Old Rag Mountain to the miles of glowing Nuttall Sandstone in the New River Gorge, the states of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland offer exciting and diverse climbing opportunities.

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Trails from the "Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland" Guide Book
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Aid Box is home of some of Great Falls’ hardest climbs, as well as one mega-classic crack, Lost Arrow (5.10c). While the routes are rather short, they require good technique and lots of power. May the ...
Reston, VA - Climbing
The clean white faces of Annapolis Rock arguably offer the state’s finest climbing opportunities. However, with an hourlong approach along the Appalachian Trail, the crags are visited by more hikers t ...
Boonsboro, MD - Climbing
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By itself Beauty Mountain would be a significant climbing area anywhere in the country. Simply put, it’s got everything: classic cracks, killer sport routes, and good bouldering. Still, this area is o ...
Lookout, WV - Climbing
On just about any nice day, you’re bound to find a flock of rock climbers perched on the 50- to 60-foot cliffs of the Bird’s Nest area— and for a good reason: There are more highquality climbs here th ...
Reston, VA - Climbing
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If the miles of “endless” Nuttall Sandstone walls at the New River Gorge aren’t enough for you, there is another small stretch of quality rock about 50 miles upstream from The New. In this rare case “ ...
Pettry, WV - Climbing
Bridge Buttress is many climbers’ first stop upon arriving at The New, probably because of its location directly below the visitor center and the US 19 bridge. While there are some excellent routes he ...
Fayetteville, WV - Climbing
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While Bubba City is just one of several crags that contribute to the New River Gorge’s world-class climbing reputation, recent new-route activity and anchor upgrades have made this area exceedingly po ...
Fayetteville, WV - Climbing
Carderock is an exceedingly popular climbing area located along the north bank of the Potomac River, just outside Washington, D.C. Featuring cliffs up to 60 feet high and a 2-minute car-to-crag approa ...
Cabin John, MD - Climbing
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Walk up Roy Gap Road until you see the first buttress of rock on your left. Take a blue-blazed trail that begins at an obvious set of stone steps just across Roy Gap Run. Hike uphill a short way and s ...
Onego, WV - Climbing
Just 40 yards downriver from Bird’s Nest are a few more good climbs at the Cornice area. The routes here are up to 60 feet high, with the most popular routes in and around the Cranko and Tiparillo sec ...
Reston, VA - Climbing
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Crescent Rock, as it’s known by climbers, offers many high-quality toproping options on a modest crag not more than 50 feet high and 300 feet wide. Its southwest exposure makes this a popular destinat ...
Round Hill, VA - Climbing
A power climber’s dream crag. Barely 30 feet high, this huge boulder has a severely overhanging west face with numerous three- to five-bolt routes.
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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One of the more popular areas, Dihedrals is easily identified by the Mather Gorge plaque along the trail at its summit. The climbs here are up to 60 feet high and range in grade from 5.3 to 5.11. Ther ...
Reston, VA - Climbing
This is the last really good climbing area at the downstream end of Great Falls. There are a few stout 5.11+ testpiece routes to attempt if you visit the Doctor. The climbs here range from 40 to 60 fe ...
Reston, VA - Climbing
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This huge, southeast-facing slab is plainly visible when viewing the Old Rag crags from VA 231. No doubt, the routes here are classic slab climbs with great position. Unfortunately, there are two draw ...
Nethers, VA - Climbing
Located in the northern fringe of the George Washington National Forest are two small but popular crags of unique and interesting character. Often referred to as “Elizabeth Furnace,” the two crags—Tal ...
Strasburg, VA - Climbing
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As one of The New’s more low-profile areas, Fern Buttress is (for those in the know) a favorite “get-away” crag on busy weekends. Here you’ll find a high concentration of sport routes from 5.10a to 5. ...
Fayetteville, WV - Climbing
Home of Summersville’s first climbs, Excellent Buttress offers high-quality face climbs from 40 to 70 feet in length.
Summersville, WV - Climbing
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While limestone crags are seemingly ubiquitous in the western United States—Rifle, Shelf Road, Wild Iris, Ten Sleep, Utah Hills, Mount Potosi, Mount Charleston, and American Fork, to name just a few— ...
Franklin, WV - Climbing
Named after the incredible, 60-foot Oh My God Dihedral, this area contains nearly a quarter of Old Rag’s routes. Unfortunately for the first-time visitor, the area is somewhat difficult to navigate si ...
Nethers, VA - Climbing
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