The Sign Wall is one of the more popular areas of Maryland Heights and the home of the classic route “Hard Up”. The unique and fading sign in the center of the wall was painted around 1903-06 and reads “Mennen’s Borate Talcum Toilet Powder”. Click this link for a Historical picture of the sign.
The direction on the main page “Maryland Heights” will get you to the base of the cliff on Sandy hook road. Take the trail on the right side of the white stone building and follow it straight up underneath the sign.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sign Wall:
'D' Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 225'
Hard Up Direct 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 170'
Black Powder 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
Space Walk 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 160'
Daniel's Variation 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R Trad, 4 pitches, 150'
The Hard Way Up 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b TR, 1 pitch, 80'
The Great Escape 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
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The Hard Way Up 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b MD : Harper's Ferry : ... : Sign Wall
A Top rope climb from the rappel anchors at the bottom left corner of the sign. Not sure if I have the FA here on this face, so feel free to chat with me if there is a conflict. Make a high step up and pull the small overhang, watch out for rope stretch here as a loose belay could result in hitting the ledge. Stand up on the face and traverse left 3 feet on a good hand rail. Make a long reach for a pocket and continue straight up the face. Scamper through the break down and get ready for the...[more] Browse More Classics in MD