Mountain Project Map - Harpers Ferry

Friday, June 29, 2012

Follow Up Imagery - Balcony Jr. Session

If you've been tuned in to the blog over the last couple years then you know a little about "Cold Steel Corner" 5.8/9 on Balcony Jr..  It is a really great route with an upper dihedral section. It's on the left side of Balcony Jr. and is one of the tallest climbs on the cliff.  As some will testify it is no slouch of a lead.  You may remember that

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Robin's Bouldering Blog features some Harpers Ferry rock climbing

Please check out Robin's Bouldering blog which is currently featuring two posts on climbing at Harpers Ferry.

The first post is on a trip to the Train Tunnel Wall and the second post is on a bouldering tour of Elk Ridge.  He tells of his encounters with exposure during his first roped adventure in a long time and he created a nice video of some Elk Ridge boulder problems.  Robin gave his experience at Harpers Ferry a positive review.

Many thanks to Robin and Dan for coming out.

Post #1 on his rope climbing adventure HERE
Post #2 on the bouldering tour with accompanying video and pics HERE  and video embed below


Bouldering Grades.....sandbagged!? Oops!

I've had some inquiries lately from different people about the grades of the bouldering problems as shown in the guide.  Unintentionally, a large portion of the grades may be sandbagged. Please take the grades with a grain of salt and keep in mind that the problem may be harder than the grade it is given in the guide. This is due to having the problems wired from years of circuiting on them, I thought V4 was the end of the line of my abilities, I'm tall so my beta is different than a lot of other climbers, and these problems just haven't seen the kind of traffic other areas get so the grades are not based on a consensus rating.  Don't let the mis-rating get you down. Just get out there and enjoy the climbing and then pass on to your friends what you think it should be graded. Eventually they will settle in on being accurate.
Thanks and Enjoy

Monday, June 18, 2012

Session Success

Thanks to all who came out to Balcony Jr. and the Secret Six Tavern on Saturday for food and beers and good conversation.  The PA and MD crew was a great mix. We had a blast and did some fantastic climbing.  I'll post a pic or two when they become available.

On Friday Robin Close and Dan Montague came out for a bouldering tour of Elk Ridge.  It was a ton of fun and we sent a highball project on the 2012 top projects list. Look for images and video to emerge in the near future from Robins's blog .


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gathering - 6/16/12 - Balcony Jr.

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, a group of rock climbers is meeting up at Balcony Jr. from approximately 8am to 12:30 pm.  This is not a guided activity, you are responsible for your own safety, so please only come if you are experienced or are with an experienced climber. All those meeting these criteria are welcome to join us.  At 12:30pm we will be headed to the Secret Six Tavern for lunch and beers.

Parking instruction for the School Bus Turnaround
As always, parking is limited in Harpers Ferry so please carpool.  The Secret Six Tavern is in Harpers Ferry. We will walk to the tavern as parking in the town itself is near impossible. 
The weather is forecast to be great.