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Strawberry Jam 

YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8+ French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
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Season: Almost any time of year.
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Submitted By: percious on Nov 13, 2007

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Rocks State Park - MD - Really fun crack climb

Description 

Follow the left leaning crack on the west side of the pillar.


Protection 

Standard rack.



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Jammin
Jammin
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Strawberry jam from the base of breakaway
BETA PHOTO: Strawberry jam from the base of breakaway
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Pat on Strawberry Jam
Pat on Strawberry Jam
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
BETA PHOTO: Renee climbing Strawberry Jam in mid April.
Anonymous climber on Strawberry Jam
Anonymous climber on Strawberry Jam
The Pillar.  Strawberry Jam 5.8
The Pillar. Strawberry Jam 5.8
Eric on Strawberry Jam
Eric on Strawberry Jam
Lauryn belaying Pat
Lauryn belaying Pat
Top of the Strawberry Jam (5.8+). This is a short 50- to 60-foot route on the qwest side of the pinnacle. The bottom half is an overhanging hand crack with the crux just below the climber in this photo. When the crack breaks to the left it gets vertical and turns into a very nice flake.
BETA PHOTO: Top of the Strawberry Jam (5.8+). This is a short ...
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By Frank T
Feb 9, 2009

Use care when leading. I have herd that the flake moves/flexes and if you fall, it may rip out your pro.

By Ross Purnell
From: Palmyra
Nov 16, 2009

I can verify Frank's comment. I was leading Strawberry Jam yesterday, stuck a blue #3 Camalot into the wide spot under the flake and it looked and felt like a perfect placement. I climbed past it, fell, and the cam popped. No problem. I had more gear in the main crack below but won't place under that flake again.

By John Oster
Aug 2, 2010

I led the Jam this past Saturday, and the mindset I had was to place pro either below or above the pod/flake area. There are plenty of solid placements above and below. And the flake provides great hands for placing.

Gorgeous route!

By Josh Smethers
From: Malvern, pa
Nov 5, 2010
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Awesome route! I wasn't ready for the pump I felt and took my first lead fall just bellow the flake. Fell on a #2C4 and it safe and clean! I finished the beautiful climb and will be itching to go back for the red point. As of 10/30/10 (when we climbed it) the bolts had been cut off at the top. We slung a horn with webbing and backed up by a well placed stopper to rappel off the back side.

By Tyrel Fuller
From: Denver, CO
Apr 29, 2011

The bolts have not been cut off. They are still there.

By Josh Smethers
From: Malvern, pa
Oct 10, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

There was indeed a chopped bolt just at the top of the climb where the crack bends left. Maybe the bolts I was supposed to use were at the very top if we chose to climb the 5.10 variation?

By J Wright
Dec 16, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

As of 12/15 there were 3 brand new looking bolts at the shared anchor for the pinnacle (traverse right from where the crack ends - you'll see it). Fun route - powerful moves on super featured rock.