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Eastern Shore Delmarva

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Mikey Anderson · · Hershey, PA · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 15

This is a stretch. I'm moving to Chincoteague Island for the summer, the Delmarva peninsula.  I'm wondering if anybody has any idea what the closest rocks would be. I'll put my ear to some boulders if you know of them but I prefer to get high on some rocks. I'm thinking I'm not going to find anything closer than 4-5 hours with that damn Chesapeake in the way. I see the closest place may be a gym in Virginia Beach. Whoo. Lame, but it's something. Next would be maybe, Buzzard Rocks/Elizabeth Furnace or the city climbing in Richmond. Old Rag/Shenandoah is 4h40m at best.

Any help/teasers would be appreciated. I don't know much about the areas. Seems like I'm within good reach of many states but not many crags. Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, Virginia.

MattyMo M · · MD · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 25

The D.C. are crags are about as far as Richmond. Great Falls, Caderock, etc. You're not in a good spot, and I know how that feels. I used to live in the center of Illinois. 

Mikey Anderson · · Hershey, PA · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 15

Thanks, my fears are confirmed.

rgold · · Poughkeepsie, NY · Joined Feb 2008 · Points: 525

Take up boardsailing.  Tom's Cove is nice.

Mikey Anderson · · Hershey, PA · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 15
rgold wrote:

Take up boardsailing.  Tom's Cove is nice.

Thanks, certainly thinking about biding my time on the water witha new sport somehow. Plus I'm remaining optimistic to find something seaside.

tradjunkie · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2011 · Points: 0

You won't find anything seaside. It's a matter of geology. Basically everything in the area is sand/sediment. You won't even find knee-high boulders left by glaciers, too far south for that.

Carderock/Great Falls, for example, is on the fall line. Richmond bouldering too. They're the nearest spots you'll find any solid rock. You're looking at 3 1/2 hours to either, I think.

Think of it as a chance to enjoy a seaside summer when it's too hot to climb. It's only for a couple of months anyway.

T Roper · · the gym · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 865
rgold wrote:

Take up boardsailing.  Tom's Cove is nice.

Sail, surf and fish. When in Rome...

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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