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Downstream Crag

Maryland > Vaso Island

Description

Sunny and secluded. There is a fair amount of top roping off three rope points. When the water is low, it is possible to reach the buttress routes off the main rock resting the the river. Otherwise, one slab, the upstream one, is long and fourth, with fifth class top ropes up the right hand or downstream side. The other slab, slightly downstream, is reached by a 3rd class descent from the top between the two main slabs. A top rope anchor directly above the ledge belay stance at the bottom of the descent allows a series of interesting top ropes. Shove the anchor over eight feet from the obvious corner, and the routes on the right slab over the water are possible. Dave's sketch illustrates most of the options on the right hand side of this slab, as does the photo with lines drawn in.

Getting There

Downstream Crag on Vaso Island is the last main crag on the Potomac main stream side directly across the the downstream point of Turkey Island. Paddle from Carderock, or wade across to Vaso Island, easy in less than 3' of water.

Routes from Left to Right

5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Easy Crack
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Blade Runner
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Blade Runner Right
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Lichen Face
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Easy Crack
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b TR
Blade Runner
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Blade Runner Right
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
Lichen Face
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

blade runner 5.10a main slab
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main slab
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looking upstream from the Crag
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3rd class descent to main slab
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Vaso Island - showing (a) Carderock main crag, (b) Downstream Crag, (c) Hidden slab and Salad Bar.
[Hide Photo] Vaso Island - showing (a) Carderock main crag, (b) Downstream Crag, (c) Hidden slab and Salad Bar.
Downstream Crag, Main Slab.  (A) Easy Crack, 5.6; (B) Blade Runner, 5.10a; (C) Blade Runner Right, 5.9; (D) Lichen Face, 5.9
[Hide Photo] Downstream Crag, Main Slab. (A) Easy Crack, 5.6; (B) Blade Runner, 5.10a; (C) Blade Runner Right, 5.9; (D) Lichen Face, 5.9
Sketch of the main top roping options on left slab of downstream crag.  From Dave Rockwell.
[Hide Photo] Sketch of the main top roping options on left slab of downstream crag. From Dave Rockwell.