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Areas in Annapolis Rock

Argo Rock 4 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Faint's Roof 7 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Fin Rock 6 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Nixon's Other Nose 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
South End, The 7 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Sunset Wall 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3

Description

Annapolis Rock, a ca. 50 minute, 2 mile hike up the Appalachian Trail in the backcountry of the South Mountain Recreation Area (South Mountain State Park), is a terrific, short band of western facing cliffs 1800 feet above the Cumberland Valley and Greenbrier Lake near Frederick, MD. The rock is bullet-hard quartzite characterized by smooth bulges and long, horizontal fractures. It's a great Maryland area for TRing and Trad.

The single pitch climbs are often top roped. Long (50+ ft) webbing or static line will serve to anchor to the many boulders and trees atop the cliff. A few large to medium pieces of pro may be helpful for anchoring as well.

There is a backcountry camping area, a privy, and a spring (you might want to treat the water before drinking, or maybe not) on site. The camping area seems to be heavily used.

Getting There

From Baltimore take I-70 West to Exit 42, Myersville (bear right off the ramp). Follow Route 17 through town; it takes a right. At the intersection of Route 40, go left onto Route 40. After about 3 miles you will see parking by the road and a sign for the Appalachian Trail. Park here. Put on your pack and hike the AT north (following signs and white blazes) for about 2 miles. You will see a sign for Annapolis Rock at a short side trail off to the left. You've arrived.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Annapolis Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 11
Pound of Obscure
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 5
Blondes Just Wanna Have Fin
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 9
Black Hole Sun
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 6
Trantor
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 8
Part Man, Part Monkey
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
Wall of Wander
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
White Arete
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Face the Roof
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 14
Ounce of Perception
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Black Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 16
Faints roof
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
The BattleField
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Argonaut
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pound of Obscure Faint's Roof
 11
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad, TR
Blondes Just Wanna Have Fin Fin Rock
 5
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Black Hole Sun S End
 9
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Trantor Sunset Wall
 6
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Part Man, Part Monkey Fin Rock
 8
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Wall of Wander Argo Rock
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
White Arete S End
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Face the Roof Faint's Roof
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Ounce of Perception Faint's Roof
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, TR
Black Crack S End
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Faints roof Faint's Roof
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The BattleField Argo Rock
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Argonaut Argo Rock
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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Samuel Cocchia
Philadelphia, PA
Samuel Cocchia   Philadelphia, PA
Anyone know how quickly this place dries out? Am hoping to go this weekend, but lots of rain coming down tomorrow. Mar 30, 2017

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