Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sticker Update


New sticker designs, and sizes have arrived. When you purchase these stickers the profits go to support the maintenance and placement of fixed anchors (eg. belay stations, rappel stations, etc.) in the gorge. Thanks,

Available in a 3x4.5 inch size.

Available in a 3x4.5 inch, and a 4x6 inch size.

See the previous post HERE for a photograph of the 4x6 inch sticker on a vehicle.

Creature Feature

Some climbing areas are just about the rock and you're companions. Those are the places that are not aesthetically pleasing for whatever reason, trash/graffiti/other urban elements, or maybe the rock is chossy or unnatural and ugly due to scarring/excavation/quarrying/human induced aesthetics. We frequent these places to get in a work out and settle because of the proximity to home or work, and often because they are easy to get to. One of the greatest elements, in my opinion, to a great climbing area is the natural aesthetics,

Friday, July 8, 2011

Supporting Anchor Maintenance & Placement

Contribute to anchor maintenance and placement in Harpers Ferry by purchasing an oval international style sticker.
All profits from the sale of these stickers will go to anchor maintenance in the gorge.
Shipping priced for United States only.

Sticker Type

Monday, July 4, 2011

Shepherdstown Limestone - A Look Back

During this past winter (2010/11) I posted about the Limestone cliffs across the Potomac river from Shepherdstown, WV. ( CLICK HERE to see that post.) While recently digging through old photographs, I found a few from around 1996 that are of my cousin and I climbing on those cliffs. We had just begun rock climbing so we were pretty nervous. You'll see in the first photograph that we had a double rope toprope with two 11mm ropes. To most experienced climbers that is more than overkill and perfectly illustrates our anxiety. Nonetheless, we tackled the climbs and had a great time. See the Harpers Ferry Climbing Google map for the location of these cliffs. Enjoy

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Assorted Images

Enjoy some images of Harpers Ferry from a variety of angles within the gorge.  The first photo captures a climber with all of the traditional climbing gear. These photographs were taken by Carl Orr.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Loudon Hts 6.30.11

I met Dennis after work yesterday for some climbing at Loudon Hts. We parked at the trailhead in the large lot just down from the gas station & hiked to the top. Double ropes got us down from the bolts, which we then pulled & I began racking up for a new (for us, at least) route. The climb followed the discontinuous cracks left of the East-facing dihedral up to a tree with an established rap station. Along the way, I encountered many spiders, a couple of brick-sized loose blocks, lots of lichen... but also sweet layback flakes, finger/ hand jams & near the top of the pitch some stemming & an off-width. A quality line bottom to top, with varied, fun climbing throughout its length. Adventurous 5.6 G, standard rack + a #5 cam for the top.

There is a short pitch above, which I've climbed previously as a variation finish to another climb; yesterday, we simply rapped back down (single rope) to the bottom. One of the loose blocks I was able to safely remove on lead, the other on rappel.

We finished the day on the arete & crack to the right of the dihedral (I led the arete, but placed gear so Dennis could finish on the crack). Ball nuts or micro cams will keep you from tumbling down to 340 if you blow the opening moves.

Except for the top of the cliff where we started, we were in the shade the entire time. With sunset upon us, we opted to rap down at the wide-spot cliff & follow the road back.