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Routes in Springfield Bouldering (Hooes Rd)

Around the Prow V2-3 5+
Black Sun Rises V10 7C+
Crescent V0-1 4+
Gut Check V0+ 4+
Horse Head Route V3 6A
Saplings Off V-easy 3
Shank's Razor V3-4 6A+
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Elevation: 137 ft
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Shared By: Jay Shultis on Aug 1, 2012 with updates
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Jake Jones, Shawn Heath


Local Bouldering crag. i.e. NOT A DESTINATION, but great for DC area locals desperate to find quality bouldering problems outside the gym. Grades from V0-V12? with good lines. Eliminates after that.

The good: Great lines in scenic location with easy access. The bad: glass, spray paint, other typical city crag issues. Make sure you check out your topout to make sure it is clear of glass, seriously.

A couple tall problemms to the Left of the 45 wall that can be top-roped from a bolt. A couple pads will work (25' or less)…

Getting There

W on Springfield Parkway from Mall
L on Bonniemill Ln
R on Hooes Rd
Park on Right side side of the road after bridge Follow the trail N/W on the left side of the creek

Jogging/Bike trail across the stream/river.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Springfield Bouldering (Hooes Rd)

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V3 6A
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G Coe  
This was the first area that I ever climbed outside back in 2000. As far as I know most of the easier first ascents went up between 2000 and 2003 by myself and a small group of climbers. The Nic Tan post above is pretty spot on about the harder stuff. I think that the Black Sun Rises has only seen two ascents with one being the video posted with the tick by Alex Brown. Feb 23, 2015
Cant park on left side side of the road after bridge anymore, theres a guardrail there. Theres a pull off on the right side of the road just before the bridge. Walk across the bridge, access on the right. Aug 2, 2014
Providence, RI
JamieRe   Providence, RI
Found a vid of the stand to Black Sun Rises. Can't wait to try this one. Apr 16, 2014
Lives in a truck
Eli   Lives in a truck
Does anyone go here anymore/ever? I'd love to get the actual problem names and grades if there are any established. Apr 10, 2014
Nic Tan
Arlington, Virginia
Nic Tan   Arlington, Virginia
That right prow line is The Black Sun Rises (V12) and has a stand start that goes as V10. And if I remember my Hooes Rd history, lines and names have been established a long time ago by Gabor Szekely, Paul Wallace and GP Salvo. Mar 23, 2014
2 v0's and 1 v1 directly on front left side while entering before the prow boulder. 1 v4 and v5 with a v6 variation. Height dependant on grade on corner of prows left side. corner right prow is a project v? prow has no lines up to date. may be too thin to climb. Far right 45 degree wall has a v8, v4, v6+ maybe v7. furthest corner is project in that order from left to right. no names but they should be tagged and graded for anyone wanting to come check em out at our little city getaway. its a sweet boulder. later Oct 29, 2012
Jay Shultis
Oneonta, NY
Jay Shultis   Oneonta, NY  
I think I have a couple I can find later. If anyone has any FA or name info, let us know! For now this will get you there, and take some trash home with you! Aug 1, 2012
Aaron Parlier
Boone, NC
Aaron Parlier   Boone, NC  
Damn Jay, posting boulders from Bburg to DC now huh? Good stuff! Any photos? Aug 1, 2012

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