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Elevation: 2,964 ft
GPS: 38.941, -78.666 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Malone on Oct 13, 2014
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones
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Big Schloss is located along the ridge of the Great North Mountain range in the George Washington Forest of Virginia. The climbs are on a 45-60 foot band of rock at the top of Big Schloss.

Getting There

Park in Wolf Gap Recreation area and hike to top of ridge using old fire road - about 3/4 of a mile (Caution trail is steep). At top of ridge take trail to the left to Big Schloss 1-1/4 miles.

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bouldering, top roping, what is this place? Feb 2, 2015
Brian Malone
Olney, Maryland
Brian Malone   Olney, Maryland
It is mostly traditional lead climbing and top-roping but there are few boulders about. Mar 29, 2015
I was unable to find any history on Big Schloss outside of references to long mountain which has much more climbing, guidebook was developed but no longer maintained by PMC potomacmountainclub.org/Res…. Note there was a tragic death from rockfall at long mountain.

I think there are a fair number of folks that have been rappelling at Big Schloss but we've cleaned several routes by the footbridge recently. Scouts camp and hike there frequently and have had interest in top rope routes there.

I think there are blocks along the ridge we haven't cleaned and looked over but there are sections along the north facing and east facing wall by the foot bridge there that are stacked and solid. I thought the lead I did on the inside was fun worth having hauled gear up. There's plenty to develop up there if folks aren't scared off by the 2 mile approach from the parking lot. May 25, 2015
Tom Hawkins
Washington, DC
Tom Hawkins   Washington, DC
What length rope would you recommend for the Schloss? I have a 40m and 70m. I'd like to save pack weight and bring the 40m, but don't want to be limited. Thanks in advance! Apr 11, 2018

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