Elevation: 950 ft
GPS: 41.73727, -74.18818
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Along the cliff

Previously: Uberfall - left side | Next area: Jackie

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.

In 2022, a rappel station was added at ground level across from the Uber Pooper to facilitate teaching anchor building, anchor cleaning, rappelling, and more- on the ground, safely. This ground rappel station uses the standard double-bolted-chains-ring setup found across the Trapps.

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'. 

In this section, routes start with the Laurel block; Laurel is on the left, the easily-identifiable finger crack that widens to fists higher. Rhododendron is the hands crack on the right side of the block. The Uberfall section ends just past the striking, right-leaning crack of Ken's Crack. The very last route in this section is the corner system of Trapped Like a Rat, which starts with a left-leaning hand crack, just behind the kiosk, the Hans Krauss plaque, and is almost directly across from the vault toilet (the "Uberpooper"). The next section is b. Jackie and friends.

There are two landmarks within the Uberfall: the Gerdie Block is a huge block leaning against the cliff with the routes Herdie Gerdie, Dirty Gerdie, and Nurdie Gerdie (aka Dogs in Heat); on the block's right side is the short crack of Red Cabbage.

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.

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

Descent: 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 - right

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 80
Uberfall Descent
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 165
Boston
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 634
Rhododendron
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 55
Eyesore
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 515
Laurel
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
CC Route
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 578
Ken's Crack
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 80
Clover
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 63
Trapped Like a Rat
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
Walter Mitty
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
BB Route
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
 73
Junior
Trad, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 55
Phoebe
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 33
Hudson's Boulder Problem, aka Tr…
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 45
Low Exposure
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Uberfall Descent
 80
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad
Boston
 165
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad, TR
Rhododendron
 634
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Eyesore
 55
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Laurel
 515
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
CC Route
 74
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Ken's Crack
 578
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Clover
 80
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
Trapped Like a Rat
 63
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Walter Mitty
 47
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
BB Route
 73
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Junior
 73
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad, TR
Phoebe
 55
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad, TR
Hudson's Boulder Problem, a…
 33
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Low Exposure
 45
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
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