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Canal walls 

Canal walls 

Hueco: V2 Font: 5+

   
Type:  Boulder, 1 pitch, 35'
Consensus:  Hueco: V2 Font: 5+ [details]
FA: some guy in 1890 probably
Season: all seasons
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Submitted By: Paul Hunnicutt on Jan 7, 2012

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BETA PHOTO: wall directly behind the mall

Description 

Most of the walls are just about vertical, give or take a few degrees. Lots of flat edges, slopers, sidepulls, and the occasional joint between stones to practice your thin crack jams. Frequently the footholds disappear, which makes it a good place to practice crimpy vertical climbing. stone can be very sharp in spots. I would not grab a lot of the beige colored mortar as it tends to break off very easily.

the traverse behind the mall is super long, slightly monotonous, but can get a decent forearm pump going.

Climbing ranges from V easy to mid V range probably.

Location 

see area description

Protection 

none required. bring a pad only if you have a spotter to constantly move it. otherwise it would block the walking path on the canal.


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canal walls
BETA PHOTO: canal walls
canal walls 1
BETA PHOTO: canal walls 1
low V range crimpy slab traverse.  good warm up walls on either side here.  just west of the wall behind the mall (upstream from Wisconsin Ave.)  if you like slab it is actually quite fun to work on...for being in downtown DC that is
BETA PHOTO: low V range crimpy slab traverse. good warm up wa...
detail of wall behind mall
BETA PHOTO: detail of wall behind mall

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By Tony Hawk
Jan 19, 2013

Keep walking up towards Key Bridge on the north side of the canal and you will find some more decent crimpy sections. right before the last access point up to M street (before going under Key Bridge) is a pretty hard section. Doing the entire traverse here might check in around 5.12 or 5.13 (though maybe I'm remembering wrong)?