Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Monday, January 9, 2012

Climberism Magazine - Free Digital Climbing Mag for us...kind of

Do you ever jones for northeast/midatlantic/"anything east coast" climbing news, photos, anything, everything!?

Well, I do.  There is something about climbing in the dank, dark, leafy, humus rich, dripping wet woods of the east coast Appalachians, and like mountains, that will never grow old for me. I crave it and I love it. I could do without the ticks but hey, it isn't like they can kill you.

The problem is that the east coast, particularly the Mid-Atlantic region, is underrepresented in the media stream. Now, I don't want to go letting out the secret on all of our super, travel-from-anywhere-in-the-world, climbing crags but

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I wanted to immediately post, following the prior post on new routes, to comment on the diversity of climbing in Harpers Ferry. The gorge has all styles of climbing currently available (trad, top rope, aid, bouldering, sport, and ice) except for plastic indoor climbing. Given the diversity of styles, the number of people in the area, the history of nearby areas such as Seneca, the proximity of modern climbing gyms, a tendency for climbers to be egotistical, a climbing culture that likes to encourage "owning" climbs and claiming routes, and the tendency for people to identify with a certain "style", friction can sometimes develop. BUT, I'd like to take a moment and remind you with photos about the roots of Harpers Ferry and the positive, sharing, adventurous attitude of climbers like Rob Savoye who first brought this area to light. It's about brotherhood, respect, inclusion rather than exclusion, and good times. Thanks Rob for setting the tone and teaching us what it's really about, Cheers!

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New Routes - Maryland Heights Cliffs

While most visiting roped rock climbers seem to stick to the popular, well traveled, main stay routes, Harpers Ferry is seeing talented roped rock climbers get creative, venture out into new vertical terrain, and then share their exploits with the rest of us so we can sample these new lines. If you've been following along then you know that we have also been seeing talented bouldering climbers visit Harpers Ferry.

Just yesterday I placed a call to Maryland climber Dan Montague and we spoke for over an hour on his and Martin Leskas new exploits. It seems that they and others are bringing a combination of strength, trad skill, and head game to climb previously unreported "new" lines, repeat existing climbs, and to attempt to free climb old aid lines... with spicy results at times.

Also in the mix are John Kelbel, Carl Orr, Daniel Langdon and their willing partners. These guys have been teaming up to create some spectacular spectacles on the history immersed cliffs of Maryland Heights. Most of what follows below comes from the ascentionists themselves, so thank these guys for caring and sharing.  Martin Leska, Dan Montague, John Kelbel, Carl Orr, and Daniel Langdon. Read on for the full story.

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Routes on Maryland Heights

Information is coming soon. Stay Tuned!

Three new routes by Dan Montague and Martin Leska, two new routes from John Kelbel and partners, and a repeat of an R route done a couple years ago.