Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Climbing Images

All of these images are borrowed from .
The first two are old school. Even though I still use hexes when climbing these guys have the old school kind. Apparently the second image is Baby Burn. Next we have a distant view of the Main cliffs, then a view of an aid route called Spectacular Spectacle on the Train Tunnel Wall. The next photo looks up Hard Up on the main face. The last photo is a climber on Balcony Rock.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Fall Update

The Fall has brought some new climbing action at Harpers Ferry. Check out the pics below fom Carl Orr.

Carl's friend following a trad line on Loudon Heights

View of the bridges and main cliffs at Harpers Ferry from Loudon Heights

Carl leading a route on the Train Tunnel wall (pic from 2008)

Carl's friend leading on Loudon Heights.

Harpers Ferry has a lot of unknown climbing history. Below is an old piton in a horizontal crack. The crack is on the face to the right of Carl's friend in the above photos. You'll probably come across remnants of climbers from the past. I don't know who placed them or at what time. These pieces remind me of the civil war relics that populate the region. Could these pitons be from the time period when soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (?) trained at Seneca Rocks, WV. They supposedly placed thousands of pitons in the wall of a thousand pitons. Maybe they ventured to Harpers Ferry and did some climbs. 
 Thanks for the photos Carl.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another Skink Rock Expedition

Francisco Munoz on Rags to Riches 5.9**** (photos by Indy)
Francisco Munoz on Air Time 5.11

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Loudon Heights Lead Climbing Report

In the comment section of the post below this one, Carl commented on on his trip to this wall. He climbed this line on lead with trad gear. He confirmed the quality of this line and shared his gear use (C3's). He also reported finding a rusty piton half way up. Way to go Carl! Read his comment to learn which line he took, etc. He refers to this photo in his post. He climbed the arete to the crack in the upper headwall as well as the dihedral on the left side of the photo.

Thanks Carl.
Loudon Heights Main Face Link

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Added more details

I added more details to the Loudon Heights page, the main climbing page as well as adding a seperate page with notes for the Shenandoah River cracks.

If you get out to Harpers and gather some photographs feel free to share them.

Send them to conrad at harpersferryclimbing dot com (email address).

In the photo I'm climbing "Air Show" 5.11 at Skink Rock.

Photo by Jeff, Carl or Indy? I can't remember, sorry guys.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Refined the updates

I added a few more things to the site. Updated the Giggling Boulders with a couple images. I also refined the update on the Loudon Heights Main cliff area by labeling where the photos are taken from by putting numbers in the overview photo. Now you can navigate to some of the great climbing at Loudon Heights more easily.

This might be one of the last updates for a while. Most of the trip to MD photos are up here on the blog and I won't be getting any new info unless Jeff, Ryan, or one of the other crew send in pics.

Enjoy this short video of a Hog Nosed Snake on Maryland Heights.
This type of snake is non venemous so it has some other mechanisms to be intimidating. 1. Hisses loudly 2. Flares a hood like a cobra (which you can't see that well in this video but look at the pic lower down in the blog to see the hood flaring!)

PS Don't go poking snakes b/c we did.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Skink Rock: Carpet Crack

Larissa on Carpet Crack.

Jeff on Carpet Crack.

Carl leading Carpet Crack.

Losing an arm.

Conrad leading Carpet Crack.

Placing a #4. Lot's of good gear on this route.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Website Updated

I have updated the web guide to include info on many areas previously not covered. These include most of Loudon Heights, the River cracks/walls, Chestnut Hill Rd, the Train Tunnel Wall, and the Outlying Area cliffs and bouldering.

I have also updated Balcony Rope and Bouldering with pics.


More "Rags to Riches"

Conrad leading "Rags to Riches". This climb takes great gear! Pics by Jeff

Driving With the Top Down

Indy and Michelle put up a line at Skink Rock and called it "Driving With The Top Down". Michelle is high stepping on this route in the picture. Photo by Indy.

Oh My Eyes!

Larissa climbing Oh My Eyes! at Skink RockPhoto by Jeff Smith

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Aura Cranking "Rags to Riches"

Aura cranking out the classic "Rags to Riches" 5.9 classic, Gear: used Black Diamond Camalots sizes #0.5 - #5
Photos by Indy.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Carpet Crack

Conrad leading "Carpet Crack" (5.8). This crack takes #3 up to #5 Camalots. You can jam it, layback it, or stem through the corner. It's your choice. More of this one later!
Photos by Indy!

Skink Rock Session Went Great!

The below photo was taken after our Skink Rock climbing session which lasted from about 9:30am till about 5pm. It was a long, shady, breezy day of climbing. We all did at least 4 climbs and some of us did closer to 12 routes. We top roped climbs, and lead cracks on trad gear. Carl took a nice fall on a cam and caught nothing but air on his way down. Indy showed up to sign some books, kiss some babies, and shake some hands. Two people and a dog are missing from the photo b/c they had to leave a bit early. In the photo from left to right is Michele, Indy, Aura, Jeff, Conrad, Carl and the town of Harpers Ferry. The two missing persons are Ryan and Larissa and don't forget their faithful companion Sadie the black rock dog.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

More Skink

In the photo below you can see the long slab wall that makes up the left side of Skink Rock.
You can see the dihedral crack to roof, that is visible in a photo in the previous post, in the right side of the photo below.
Below is a side pic of the Skink Boulder.

You can see the Skink Rock boulder in the photo below from the trail above the cliff. The cliff is down and to the right below the boulder.

In Maryland

I'm in Maryland for vacation. Here are some photos to update the site.

Skink Rock from a different perspective.
The Train Tunnel Wall (notice me in the picture for scale). This wall is big!

I ran into a new kind of snake to my travels at Harpers Ferry. This snake known as the Hog-Nosed Snake is not poisonous. It is very intimidating though b/c it hisses and flares a hood like a cobra! Scary! Normally it has a thin neck. In the photo below notice the hood.