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Outlook Rocks

Maryland > Carderock

Description

Upstream end of Carderock near the Vaso Island Crossing. A major bend in the river has exposed resilient blunt faces of shist. Less visited than the rest of Carderock, Outlook Rocks is a good place to get away from the crowds and onto less traveled rock.  Adventure top roping and bouldering on decent, short lines is name of the game.  As the rocks rise of out of the river, access is more difficult, isolating the sub-sectors.  Check out the open face of Nose that Blows, the moderate corner of Jackknife or the hard boulders around Stannard’s Playground. A quiet place on the river.

Getting There

100 meters SW of Herbie’s Horror and Jungle Cliffs. Cross small seasonal drainage heading toward and upstream on the Potomac River.

Routes from Left to Right

V0 4
 3
Short Stack
Boulder
V0 4
 2
Flap Jack
Boulder
V0 4
 4
K-town Krack
Boulder
V1-2 5
 7
Outlook Rock Boulder
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1
The Nose That Goes
TR
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 1
Lembecks Crossover
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1
Black Friday
TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 2
Lazy Daisy
Trad, TR
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 1
Sunshine Climb
TR
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 2
The Nose That Blows
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 1
Beautiful, Little, Lie Back
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 2
Near Matt Splat
Trad, TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V6 7A
 1
River Traverse
Sport, Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 1
Matt Splat
Boulder
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 4
Guillotine
Trad, TR
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
 1
The Tomb of the Unknown Shoulder
Trad, TR
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 5
Jackknife
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V7 7A+
 1
Stannards Playground/TB Boulder
TR, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Short Stack
 3
V0 4 Boulder
Flap Jack
 2
V0 4 Boulder
K-town Krack
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Outlook Rock Boulder
 7
V1-2 5 Boulder
The Nose That Goes
 1
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Lembecks Crossover
 1
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a TR
Black Friday
 1
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Lazy Daisy
 2
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Sunshine Climb
 1
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c TR
The Nose That Blows
 2
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Beautiful, Little, Lie Back
 1
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Near Matt Splat
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, TR
River Traverse
 1
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V6 7A Sport, Boulder
Matt Splat
 1
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Guillotine
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad, TR
The Tomb of the Unknown Sho…
 1
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13 Trad, TR
Jackknife
 5
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad
Stannards Playground/TB Bou…
 1
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V7 7A+ TR, Boulder

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Climber on Jackknife New Years Day 2016
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[Hide Comment] Someone has absolutely wrecked the Carderock page here. Why is everything under Outlook Rocks when that is a seldom-climbed crag well away from the main area with its own historical names? Aug 10, 2019
C S
Maryland
[Hide Comment] @Chalk in the Wind, suggest improvements. Jul 26, 2023