Along the Cliff

Description

Major Features: The Uberfall is the first section of rock you encounter as you walk north from the steel bridge that separates the Trapps from the Nears. On most in-season weekend days, a Preserve ranger is parked at the Uberfall, and it's a very social area.

Lest you think the Uberfall is named for the trickle (or, in season, the pouring) of water that descends down the escarpment here, Dick Williams wrote in his 1991 guide: The Uberfall acquired its name, according to Fritz Weissner in a 1960 Appalachia article, from 'the method used in the descent of letting oneself, with outstretched arms, fall across the four-foot gap between the massif and a huge block (Susie A) above the road'. 

For our purposes, routes in this section include the beginning of the cliff -- the big whitish face you pass closest to, just where the carriage road takes a slight turn, is Katzenjammer. You'll pass the Gerdie block, walk under the giant Horseman roof. The two routes on the face right of the Horseman roof are the last in this section, Apoplexy and Coronary, just before the Laurel block.

Just below the carriage road across from Nosedive is another big block -- the Mental Block. It contains one of the Gunks' true crack lines, Sonja, and several other harder cracks, which face the road.  Those routes are listed under "Unsorted" in the route list here.

Approach: Most Uberfall routes start almost directly from the carriage road. A trail runs along the cliff between The Brat and the Gerdie Block.

Descents Many routes now have bolted anchors but walking off is still required for other routes. Closer to the very beginning, you'll be able to walk back and scramble down behind the cliff. It's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the Uberfall Descent, which provides the walkoff for the majority of Uberfall routes as well as many beyond it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Uberfall - left

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 341
Bunny
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 710
Horseman
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 139
No Picnic
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 215
Double Chin
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 135
Black Fly
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 88
Nice Crack Climb
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 58
The Brat
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 73
Shit or Go Blind
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 99
Dirty Gerdie
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 76
Red Cabbage
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 283
Apoplexy
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 51
Double Clutch
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 228
Nosedive
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 255
Retribution
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 77
Coronary
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bunny
 341
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Horseman
 710
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
No Picnic
 139
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Double Chin
 215
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Black Fly
 135
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Nice Crack Climb
 88
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Brat
 58
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Shit or Go Blind
 73
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Dirty Gerdie
 99
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Red Cabbage
 76
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Apoplexy
 283
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Double Clutch
 51
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Nosedive
 228
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Retribution
 255
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Coronary
 77
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, TR
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Curious why Eyesore doesn't rate a spot here? Climbed it today, still think it's a good time! Feb 21, 2016
JSH

JSH    
Eyesore is in the list of routes to the left on this page -- its entry is here. If you mean 'why isn't it listed as a 'classic climbing' route?', the answer is that the 'classic climbing' list is chosen not by humans but by an algorithm of MP software, according to stars and number of ratings. Go add a star, if you adore it! Feb 22, 2016
losbill  
Julie, under the heading of letting no good deed go unrecognized, thank your for all your hard work in making the Gunks section of MP such a valuable resource! Sep 9, 2016
JSH

JSH    
aww, thanks :). It's a good outlet for my need to tinker. Sep 14, 2016