Type: TR, 25 ft
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Dan Hickstein on Jan 9, 2009
Admins: Frances Fierst

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Perhaps the best steep climb at Carderock, the glorious overhanging arete on the back side of the X-face beckons the passing climber with its siren song of incut crimps on the right and heel-hooks on the left. An optional sit-start increases the difficulty and makes the top moves quite strenuous.


This climb is about 50 feet left of beginners crack and just a bit left of the dark, scary chimney.


The large block at the top of X-face can be used for a toprope anchor. The climb is sometimes done as a highball boulder problem, but it should be noted that the quartz crystals offer much less friction than you might prefer at that height.


The proper name of this climb is Back Of Impossible. Buckets Of Blood is the name of the overhanging face to the right of the arete. The climb is closer to 15' than it is to 25' and has been soloed countless times by people wearing anything from flip-flops to bedroom slippers to tennis shoes to bare feet. Jul 20, 2017