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Cornice

Virginia > DC & Northern V… > Great Falls

Description

Cornice is the next section of the main gorge downstream from Bird's Nest. The top of the cliff is just a few yards off the river trail and there is easy access to setting up all the top ropes. The climbs here offer a variety of difficulties. The actual climb named Cornice may be the single best moderate climb in the Potomac Gorge.

Getting There

The easiest route to the base of the climbs is via the downstream descent. Watch for poison ivy. The base of The Nose can be also be reached from upstream by 4th class traversing from top of the Armbuster Descent.

Routes from Left to Right

3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 2
Descent Route
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Conroy Wasn't Here
Trad, TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
First Blood
Trad, TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Darius Green's Flying Machine
Trad, TR
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
 1
Lawrence's Last
Trad, TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Little Devil
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 7
Cornice - Var: Cornice Direct
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Cornice - Var: unnamed
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
Cornice
Trad, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Tiparillo
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Cranko
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Crank Up
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 2
Top of the World
TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 10
The Nose
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Descent Route
 2
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad, TR
Conroy Wasn't Here
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
First Blood
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Darius Green's Flying Machine
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Lawrence's Last
 1
5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a Trad, TR
Little Devil
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Cornice - Var: Cornice Direct
 7
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Cornice - Var: unnamed
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cornice
 36
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Tiparillo
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, TR
Cranko
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Crank Up
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Top of the World
 2
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b TR
The Nose
 10
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR

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The double roof (just left of the orangish left facing corner) of Cornice 5.7 is clearly visible
[Hide Photo] The double roof (just left of the orangish left facing corner) of Cornice 5.7 is clearly visible