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Iron Ore V2-3 5+
Shaper's V3 6A
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The Smelted Boulder is a boulder just along the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook trail. Although low, there are many features on this boulder that make for interesting traverses and some steep, short, hard problems.

Getting There

From the Charcoal Exhibit parking area, follow the trail towards Thurmont Vista/Blue Ridge Summit. After a few hundred feet, the trail comes to a crossroads. Take the left fork of the trail towards the Blue Ridge Summit/Hog Rock and follow for another few hundred feet. The Smelted Boulder will be on the right side of the trail, just below the more prominent Sudden Boulder.

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Went to Smelted Boulder 5/12/2018 with Chris Spencer and Sarah Boland. Uncertain of the history here, but it looks like if it has ever been climbed, it hasn't been for a while. Pretty mossy and could definitely use some more development. Still, I have added two routes that I climbed. Not claiming FA until someone can verify history, so please feel free to update these with original names and FA if they exist! I plan to come back with a brush to better establish these climbs and maybe add a longer traverse on the south side of the boulder. Definitely the opportunity for a stronger climber to put up a steep route in the area near Iron Ore. As this area looks like it hasn't seen development, watch out for loose rock, especially on the underside of the overhand and on the top. I had a hold break while attempting to top out Iron Ore and there are definitely still some loose pieces up top. All in all, cool little area that's definitely seen less traffic than the Charcoal Exhibition Boulder! May 13, 2018

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