The Narrows aka Lover's Leap
BETA PHOTO: The Narrows overview
Outside of a redneck throwing an old TV down the cliff you are likely to be at this beautiful cliff alone. This area gets all day sun unless of course it is raining which seems to be quite a lot. At about 3/4 of a mile in length and up to several hundred feet high this rock face is home to many adventurous routes. Routes run from 1 pitch 5.easy to 2 and 3 pitch 5.10+. Bolts are non existent and route finding skills will definitely be called on. The crux of these climbs for many climbers will be locating the routes from the trail. The thick foliage can be very disorienting. Walk-offs and not raps are the order of operation at this place.
If you want to clip bolts check out Locust Grove about 1 mile from The Narrows.
Please bring a garbage bag and help us keep this area clean. It is treated as a garbage dump by some of the locals.
You will be climbing above Will's Creek all day and it has great fishing, as well as, some sweet swimming holes!
Mark "Indy" Kochte has produced several quality Maryland area guide books as well as an on line guide. This on line guide will be immensely helpful for climbing at the Narrows. indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...
Parking note. I have had no problem using on street parking in the area. The end of Columbia street has plenty of parking and is only about a 100 meter walk to the trail head. Don't park on red lines and avoid the immediate church area on Sundays. Say hi to the locals and tell them what you are up to. They will be interested and being friendly can only help our access.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
21 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Narrows aka Lover's Leap
Unexpected Party 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a MD
: The Narrows aka Lover's Lea...
: Chuck Wall
Beginning below the large over hanging flake start climbing the bouldery section to a good stance where you'll place a #1 Camalot sized piece in the crack of the flake. This is the crux of the route. Proceed up the face following the path of least resistance to a large ledge covered in blueberry bushes. Climb the wall at the back side of the ledge up and past the next small ledge (maybe 2 feet wide) and top out over the next short wall to a large ledge with a pine tree. ...[more] Browse More Classics in MD
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