Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Economic Impact of You

Don't Crush and Rush

The Access Fund recently wrote about a study examining the economic impact of climbers on the Red River Gorge region of southeastern Kentucky. In short, rock climbers have a significant economic impact on that region.

There is a lot I would like to say about my own personal motivations to build outdoor community at/in Harpers Ferry but these things don't amount to much more than hopeful ideas. What's impactful is how climbers (you) interact with the people and resources of Harpers Ferry and surrounding area. If you rush in, crush your climbs, and rush home (The Crush and Rush) you miss out on a lot of "things" (people, community, and experiences) and those "things" miss an opportunity to build a relationship with you.

While Harpers Ferry is not a Red River Gorge and our region is not southeastern Kentucky, economic impact is significant to any rural region. The areas surrounding Harpers Ferry have some great local establishments worth a visit. Explore your opportunity to build unexpected relationships and to have unexpected experiences and know that in doing so you are making an impact on local people (ie economy).

Sunday, March 6, 2016

NPS: Closures for Peregrine Falcon Protection 2016

From: http://www.nps.gov/hafe/learn/news/closures-for-peregrine-falcon-protection-2016.htm

A pair of Peregrine falcons is attempting to nest on the cliff face of Maryland Heights in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Park and US Fish and Wildlife staff have observed the falcons building what appears to be a nest on the cliff face.
To protect the nesting birds from inadvertent disturbance or harassment, areas in and around the cliff face of Maryland Heights will be closed effective March 1. The areas will be closed to all visitor use, including climbing activities, along the cliff face area. The climbing areas affected by the closure include all the routes in the Gully, Sign Wall and ABC Ramps sections. 
For the full details on the closure please visit the NPS webpage.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lots of New Beta on Mountain Project

For updates and for access to a growing digital guide for rock climbing at Harpers Ferry, go to Mountain Project - Harpers Ferry You can also get the Mountain Project app for your phone and download the beta for Harpers Ferry so that when you are on the mountain you will have pictures, descriptions, topo lines, etc. Please also strongly consider logging your ticks so we can see how much visitation the routes/problems receive. Also, if you provide star ratings and grade suggestions we can hone in on accurate ratings. GET THE APP FOR YOUR PHONE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10/2015 Video - 3 problems from the Balcony Rock Boulders

Jeff Beavers was kind enough to put together and share a short video of three problems at the far end of the Balcony Rock Boulders (link to Mountain Project page for these boulders). Two of these are

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cliffs Open: Maryland Heights Peregrine Falcon Cliff Closure Lifted

I spoke with the park visitor information center this morning and they have confirmed that the cliff closure has been lifted. The main cliffs are open once again.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival: June 5-6

Though the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival is currently oriented toward whitewater paddlers it is still an outdoor oriented community and the event has live music and festivities. Paddling is great fun and a great way to gain/maintain strength for rock climbing. Plus, it's in Harpers Ferry so you can't go wrong. Get out there and have a good time.
Webpage Link: http://harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Peregrine Falcon Nesting - Temporary and Partial Closure Details

Update (August, 2015): The cliffs are now open. The closure has been lifted.
Updated (late June): The ABC ramps are now included in the closure. Balcony Jr. also has a nest, which may result in an expanded closure listing.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Balcony Jr. Mini Guide (preserving the guide)

Since the Md Mini Guides blog is being discontinued I wanted to preserve the Balcony Jr. Mini Guide here. It is missing some information that is available on Mountain Project but is definitely a useful guide.
The PDF stored on my Google Drive

Friday, October 3, 2014

Adopt-A-Crag Day: Harpers Ferry, November 15, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Climbers has announced they will be doing an Access Fund Adopt-A-Crag day on November 15, 2014.
You can find

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

See Mountain Project for new HFC Climber Activity


If you want to see news or signs of activity on climbing at Harpers Ferry I recommend going to the Harpers Ferry page at Mountain Project.. I don't have the material or time to keep the blog going but want to connect you to information so you can get out there and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

I've noticed that some climbers have been visiting the crags of Harpers Ferry and then logging their ascents on MP.com. They've also been contributing their ratings. Most are positive but there is always one or two who are the negative nelly in the bunch and throw the ratings off by low balling the quality. Some climber "Kirby" has given a "bomb" or 1 star rating to some of the classics. These are routes that many well traveled climbers agree are top notch for Maryland routes. We all know that there is better rock/routes out there but don't take it upon ourselves to dump on the local resources. My advice is to pay attention to the positive reviews and make the trip to sample the routes for yourselves. Dwelling in the negative makes life suck.
Climber on "Oh, My Eyes" at Skink Rock. See MountainProject.com for more. Pic by Josh S.

I found a few nice pictures that

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Gym to Crag & The Future of Fixed Anchors

I want to share two very important topics with you. They both affect the resources available to us within the water gap at Harpers Ferry and they both were recently discussed in the "Vertical Times" publication from

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Tiers - Elk Ridge - 2 Routes - Information

On the HFC Web Guide The Tiers information only includes boulder problems. There are two routes to be mentioned as well. I've updated the Harpers Ferry Mountain Project pages to include The Tiers and the two routes.

Link to the Mountain Project page
http://mountainproject.com/v/the-tiers/107997241

I do not have photos at this time. Please feel free to contribute to the Mountain Project page.

School Bus Turnaround parking spots


Some climbers have reported receiving parking tickets for parking at the school bus turnaround at the western end of Sandy Hook, MD. I had posted prior to these tickets being issued HERE & HERE with instructions on how to park. People received tickets after these posts so I thought I'd look a little closer at the signs.

This spot is used to access Elk Ridge climbing (Balcony Rock, Balcony Jr., Outlying Area, all of the bouldering, etc.). Carpooling is required because there are only 2 spots at this location.

I examined the signs at the turnaround. There is the central sign saying no parking in the turnaround and on both sides of the semicircle are directional parking signs. They indicate, with arrows, that parking inside of these signs is not allowed. The spots that appear to be legal are outside the No Parking zone and are not in the actual turnaround. If the two spots are full you must find somewhere else to park. Please adhere to the rules for parking in this area and keep this issue "off the radar". Parking is already very limited and to lose these prime spots for accessing all of Elk Ridge would be a huge loss.

If you are at this parking area and see other people parking illegally then please, using your own judgment, consider educating them on the fines that have been issued and work to maintain this access point.

See the Parking page of the HFC Web Guide or the HFC Google map for more parking options and information.

Thanks