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Skink Rock

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Air Show TR 
Air Show (right exit) TR 
Blue Pill TR 
Carpet Crack T,TR 
Conrad vs. The Skink Monster TR 
Dancing with Trees TR 
Driving with the Top Down TR 
Eyes of a Stranger TR 
Kuutomo TR 
Oh My Eyes! S,TR 
Oh My Eyes! (right exit) TR 
Rags to Riches T,TR 
Skink Magic TR 
Unyielding Finale TR 
White Man Head Bob, The TR 

Skink Rock  


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Submitted By: Conrad S. on Nov 29, 2012
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Garter snake at the base of Rags to Riches

Description 

This great cliff has face, slab, crack, dihedral, and roof climbing. It faces west and overlooks the town of Harpers Ferry from high on the ridge. In the summer it tends to be shaded until late in the day and a draft flows up the side of the mountain under the tree canopy resulting in a cooler climbing experience. Portions of the cliff grow a fine powdery lichen that will wear off with more traffic. The base of the cliff has a relatively flat staging area. The rock is good, the routes are fun.

Getting There 

This cliff is best accessed from the top of Maryland Heights and the main overlook points. From the overlook you hike uphill and to the north (parallel the potomac, hiking in the upstream direction)

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.8 miles from here

15 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Skink Rock:
Carpet Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   
Rags to Riches   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 33'   
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Rags to Riches is the right facing dihedral that finishes through the left end of the roof.

Rags to Riches 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  MD : Harper's Ferry : Skink Rock
Stellar route, one of the best in Maryland. Begin 10' left of Air Show, climb this fantastic corner crack system up to the roof. At the roof, follow the crack out and step left, reaching up to either a ledge or a jug, depending on your ape index. Power up to the top. Pumpy route, a solid lead that takes mostly medium to big gear. A rack of #0.5 to #5 camalots with some long slings is about perfect. (Indy)...[more]   Browse More Classics in MD

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Climber near Carpet Crack on the right side of Skink Rock
Climber near Carpet Crack on the right side of Ski...
When you see this boulder from the trail you know Skink Rock is near. It is hidden behind the boulder and downhill 30 feet.
BETA PHOTO: When you see this boulder from the trail you know ...

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By florianm
Aug 11, 2014
I found some Evolv Defys size 12.5 last weekend on the trail leading to Skink rock.