Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Friday, October 29, 2010


Everywhere we walk at Harpers Ferry there have been those before us. You are not alone when you are searching in the woods. They are you will be in 100 more.

 Loudon Heights & Chestnut Hill crags in the background. Jefferson Rock in the foreground.

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Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A new perspective

Most photographs taken at Harpers Ferry are from the same physical locations and thus capture the same perspective on the gorge. As Carl Orr has been exploring the Chestnut Hill crags and capturing his adventures on film he has also managed to capture a new vantage point on the gorge. Take a look at the photos below and enjoy this new perspective. Click on any of the images to see them at a larger size.

And finally, a cool looking climb to salivate over. Enjoy

Monday, October 25, 2010

Balcony Jr 10.16.10

The following photos are from a recent trip to Balcony Jr. on Elk Ridge HERE (map), HERE (rope)

Thee first three photos show J.K. climbing a harder (5.11+ ?) line through the overhangs at the center of the wall. He later completed a variation finish to the right as well.

The next 5 photos depict a couple different routes nearer the left end of the outcropping in the 5.8-10 range HERE.

The last two pics are of the relatively shorter right end of the crag, on & around an arete (5.8-9). If you venture to this section, please be aware of a large flake at the top which may just be *resting* there...

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but suffice to say that Balcony "Jr" is in no way the lesser of its namesake in terms of size, quality or grade.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Chestnut Hill Pt.2 (cont.)

Just up from the fin in the previous post, Daniel takes the lead on this classic dihedral.

Dennis seconds the route.

Chestnut Hill Trad Pt.2

Hit Chestnut Hill again Wednesday afternoon w/ Denny G. & Danny B. From the bolted route, we continued up & East to put a couple more trad lines up.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chestnut Hill Trad 9.20.10

After several solo trips exploring the more obscure crags above 340 between Loudon Hts & Chestnut Hill Rd, I finally recruited a partner. As he hadn't climbed this side of the river previously, we visited the most easily accessed spot, so that I'd have time to introduce him to the main cliffs afterward. The Chestnut Hill Rd Cliffs are *just* off the road as it heads up from 340; parking is permitted along 340 just East of this juncture, where the shoulder widens- just be sure to park at least 10' from the road as the sign states.

The ~60' wall has a bolted line with a bouldery start & steep finish, with moderate climbing in between & good stances for clipping...
... so naturally, I headed straight for this flaring, crescent-shaped offwidth!
This initial section protects well with large (#4,5,6) cams.

Once the crack ended, I followed the lichen-encrusted arete & fern-filled cracks, finishing on clean rock to the top; the angle in the rope below is due to the location of the belay, which I set from the bolted anchors.

View from the top: St Peters & Jefferson Rock.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall Season

The Fall climbing season is upon us. Get out there and climb.

Trad - Sport - Bouldering  ~ Whatever you like, go do it at Harpers Ferry, take photos and/or video and send it to CONRAD (at) HARPERS FERRY CLIMBING (dot) COM  if you want to share it with others. I'll post it on the blog or use it in the website and give you credit for your images.