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Elevation: 131 ft
GPS: 39.2474, -76.7632
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Shared By: Dominic Albanese on Jul 26, 2009
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A slew of areas scattered across many miles. Nothing is big (80 feet max) but the proximity to the metropolitan area, generally easy access, good climbs, and generous people make the area one of the best in Maryland.

Mostly Topropes, but some good leads as well. For trad the classic is the notoriously sandbagged Blue Rose at 5.8+. And for sport check out The Truth at 10d.

Cataloged here are only a few of the best areas. Local John Kelbel has recently released a darn near comprehensive guide to the area at Patapsco Rock He has diligently walked almost the entire park and his guide will get you to nearly 100 different climbable pieces of rock in the park. The guide is all online using Google Earth. Need to download the plug-in but definitely worth the hassle. Check it out.

Getting There Suggest change

Patapsco State Park runs from just south of Baltimore city west and slightly north till Sykesville. The access points differ for each cliff and are described in the appropriate section.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Patapsco Valley State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 25
Strawberry
Boulder
V5 6C
 16
Fat Man Arete Left
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
Crayon Car Direct
Boulder
V6 7A
 13
Danatron
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 22
The Guillotine
Boulder
V7 7A+ PG13
 4
The Arkenstone
Boulder
V8 7B
 5
Sykesville Monster
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 21
Middle Climb
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Blue Rose
Trad, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 11
Alberton Roof
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Bloody Bucket
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
The Wimpy Whiner Way
Trad, TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V2 5+
 21
The Jam
Boulder
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 4
Do What!
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 24
The Truth
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Strawberry Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 25
V1 5 Boulder
Fat Man Arete Left Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 16
V5 6C Boulder
Crayon Car Direct Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 6
V5 6C Boulder
Danatron Woodstock Rock
 13
V6 7A Boulder
The Guillotine Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 22
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
The Arkenstone Erebor
 4
V7 7A+ PG13 Boulder
Sykesville Monster Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 5
V8 7B Boulder
Middle Climb Ilchester
 21
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Blue Rose Ilchester
 31
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Alberton Roof Alberton > Alberton Rock
 11
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c TR
Bloody Bucket Woodstock Rock
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
The Wimpy Whiner Way Woodstock Rock
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
The Jam Levitation Boul… > Jam Boulder
 21
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V2 5+ Boulder
Do What! Woodstock Rock
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad, TR
The Truth Friction Wall
 24
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
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