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Sterling's Crack

5.7, TR, 45 ft,  Avg: 2.9 from 38 votes
FA: Sterling Hendricks
Maryland > Carderock > Outlook Rocks


Well, it's not really a 5.7, but that's part of the charm of Carderock, isn't it? Work the semi-polished corner with a mixture of stemming, face-holding, and jamming. The rock is bullet hard and clean, like most of Carderock. Pretty cool route that is unexpectedly technical and demanding for the grade.


Right of The Dream roof on the Jungle Cliff (left side of Carderock). Look for a prominent, right facing corner with an easy start and a gentle overhang for most of the second half.


TR, though I think it would take gear reasonably well for the solid leader.

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My buddy using his fists of fury to jam the wet crack.
[Hide Photo] My buddy using his fists of fury to jam the wet crack.

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Timmamok *
[Hide Comment] This is the best route at Carderock and a good lead. Sep 7, 2011
[Hide Comment] First Ascent by Sterling Hendricks. Dec 15, 2012
[Hide Comment] Thanks May 31, 2013
[Hide Comment] Trad climbing is not recommended at Carderock or Great Falls due to the rock layers crumbling under heavy pressure. I believe there has been serious injury or death in the past due to this problem. It is good for practicing lead while on top rope. Apr 6, 2015
Andrew G
San Diego, CA
[Hide Comment] I'm intrigued by the claims that leading at Carderock is unsafe due to rock quality. Ever climbed in the desert? How about the Fisher Towers?? Oct 26, 2015
Chris Oleson
Santiago, Chile
[Hide Comment] Try the face just to the left side of the crack too Jan 3, 2016
[Hide Comment] Sterling's Crack is to the climber's left of The Dream, not right as in the description. I am told the horn near the top is off, which does increase the difficulty a bit. Aug 9, 2016