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YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

Type: Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c [details]
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Submitted By: Dominic Albanese on Jul 26, 2009
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The classic route at Ilchester and maybe in all of Maryland. Packs three cruxes in 30 feet of climbing.

A burly first move over the roof to a decent rest jug, tricky jams lead to a stance under the rood and the final "Blue Rose" move over the hang to finish. When you finish look at the large welt on the back of your right hand to find the Rose.

A proud on-site for any Baltimore climber. This climb has been led, free-soloed, done blindfolded, aided, and probably climbed more than the all the other climbs in Baltimore combined. If its open hop on!


Located on the main face at the obvious crack on the left side of the wall. Start with good finger-locks underneath a small roof.


Most often Tr-ed, but is perfectly leadable. The gear while abundant can be strenuous to place and people have taken ground-falls trying to punch through.

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The main wall at Ilchester, the center of the Patapsco climbing community. Blue Rose is the crack on the left side of the wall.
BETA PHOTO: The main wall at Ilchester, the center of the Pata...
Mike Carothers on Blue Rose
Mike Carothers on Blue Rose
Andrew on the classic 5.8+ Blue Rose
Andrew on the classic 5.8+ Blue Rose
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By Frank T
Nov 9, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

This is a good route to have a go at clean aid. Just be mindful when placing gear just below the upper overhang. I found a #0 C3 to be handy at this spot.