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Areas in Northwest Branch

Dirty Ernie 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
North Bank - Chaos Roof Area AKA Snowflake Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 14
North Bank - Crack Line Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
North Bank - Tulip Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
North Bank - Uphill Slab 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
South Bank - The Cracks 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
South Bank - Tick Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
South Bank Falls 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 220 ft
GPS: 39.03, -77.004 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Kristan Markey on Nov 16, 2012
Admins: Frances Fierst
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Description

Collection of 100 boulder problems in a wooded area of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River just minutes north of DC. Watch for families hiking through on the weekends.

Topos available at:
http://mdguides.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/nwb-guide-draft.pdf (newer)
http://www.drtopo.com/submitted/nwbranch.pdf

Getting There

Drive to exit 30 on the Capital Beltway (495). Head north on Colesville Rd/Columbia Pike (Route 29).
Drive 1.4 miles on Route 29. Parking lot for the Northwest Branch will be on the right. If you get to the Citgo/Trader Joe's/California Tortilia (Lockwood Plaza)x, you've gone too far.
Follow the trail at the parking lot

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dah3586
Tucson, AZ
dah3586   Tucson, AZ
Hey! Looking for any psyched locals with a boulder pad and able to get out and climb here or elsewhere tomorrow, Tuesday 22 Dec 15. My Friend and I are solid 5.12 climbers and v6-7 boulderers. Trad climbing 11+. Hope to hear from someone, your Christmas shopping can wait!!! Grew up in Harrisburg climb out west now ;) Dec 21, 2015
Any issues with doing a bit of night bouldering here?

Also im flying down from Alaska tomorrow and I'm interested in getting out tomorrow or Thursday morning if anyone is available to give a quick tour.

Cheers,
Todd Oct 11, 2015
Kennedy O'Donnell
McLean, VA
Kennedy O'Donnell   McLean, VA
Toured this area yesterday for the first time with two others. Pleasantly surprised by how accessible every boulder was. Some boulders were absoloutely beautiful and dying to be climbed. Graffiti on almost every boulder- wouldn't have been a problem except for the fact that it seems the state has tried to paint over it all which just made small crimps where paint is almost impossible to hold on to. This might make some of the higher skilled routes no longer doable. Bad landings also put a lot of problems out of commission. Jul 20, 2014
Brian S  
Here is another (newer) guide - mdguides.files.wordpress.co… Nov 27, 2012

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