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Shared By: Ladd on Sep 20, 2007 with updates from Christopher Peterson and 1 other
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Description

From the Chesapeake Bay to the hills beyond Hagerstown there is climbing to be found in Maryland, although most of the climbing can be found in central Maryland.

Rock State Park, Carderock, A-Rock, and other various climbing locations are generally small, short but have beautiful setting and fun moves. Finding a local that knows where the classics are is definitely the crux of Maryland climbing.

Indoors gyms are extremely common, generally huge, and well-kept.

Getting There

From the west, take Interstate 70 to Harpers Ferry, one of the better places in Maryland to climb trad.

From the south, near D.C and Annapolis, you can find Annopolis Rock which is high quality and Carderock and Great Falls. This side has some of the better climbing in Maryland around the area.

From the north or east, Rock State Park is the best place to check out off 924.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Maryland

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 12
Big Dipper
Boulder
V4- 6B
 6
Dirty Hooker
Boulder
V4- 6B R
 5
The Iron Pickle
Boulder
V5- 6C
 12
The Belly
Boulder
V7 7A+
 3
Underground Railroad
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 42
A Flake Called Lee
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 46
Vertical
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 46
Seven Wishes
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 34
Jan's Face
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 35
Sterling's Crack
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Triple A
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 29
Hard Up Direct
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Strawberry Jam
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 25
Breakaway Right
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 49
Black Crack
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Dipper Harper's Ferry > Highlands
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Dirty Hooker Harper's Ferry > Balcony Rock Boulders
 6
V4- 6B Boulder
The Iron Pickle Harper's Ferry > Highlands
 5
V4- 6B R Boulder
The Belly Catoctin Mtn Park > Cunningham Fall… > Cliff Trail Boulders
 12
V5- 6C Boulder
Underground Railroad Harper's Ferry > Underground Railroad…
 3
V7 7A+ Boulder
A Flake Called Lee Sugarloaf Mountain > Middle Earth
 42
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Vertical Rocks SP > Breakaway Wall
 46
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Seven Wishes Sugarloaf Mountain > Middle Earth
 46
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jan's Face Carderock
 34
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Sterling's Crack Carderock
 35
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Triple A Carderock
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Hard Up Direct Harper's Ferry > Maryland Height… > Sign Wall
 29
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Strawberry Jam Rocks SP > Pinnacle
 44
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Breakaway Right Rocks SP > Breakaway Wall
 25
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Black Crack Annapolis Rock > S End
 49
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
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Mike Mu.
hagerstown
Mike Mu.   hagerstown
For a better description of Maryland Climbing check out Indy's Climb Maryland book. Here is the link for amazon.com.
amazon.com/Climb-Maryland-M…
It is more thorough than any other guide. Maryland, when you actually go looking has a lot of climbable rock, you just need to get out there and find it. Oct 9, 2007
John Kelbel
Eldersburg, Maryland
John Kelbel   Eldersburg, Maryland
For Rock locations in Patapsco State Park and the west side of Baltimore check out patapscorock.blogspot.com Feb 24, 2010
Robin Close
Columbia, Maryland
Robin Close   Columbia, Maryland
If anyone's interested in checking out videos of Maryland bouldering, I've added a video page to my blog with links to all that I could find, with the exception of a few from areas with questionable access. To access the page, go to robinclose.blogspot.com and click on the "Maryland Bouldering Videos" tab at the top. I also post regularly about any climbing that I do, and have compiled a lot of Northwest Branch bouldering information under the "Northwest Branch" tab. Clicking on the names below the boulder photos will take you to pages with more information about the cliimbs on each. Mar 3, 2012
I'm new to the greater DC area and coming from the Southwest. I'm just curios if there is a reason there is no sport climbing in the area? Is there a local etiquette of not bolting and keeping it old school? Or has anyone just not done it? Or are there just not enough areas?

Thanks! Jul 23, 2017