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FA: Mike Varlotta & Nate Ghubril, November 2003
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Access Issue: This area is closed to public use during March 1-August 1 to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Details


Climb the crack (just to the left of the start of How Yick Ying) to the arete. Climb the arete proper to the ledge.


Rap rings on webbing around a solid tree with another solid tree as backup.


Standard rack Plenty of cam placements with some nuts and even tricams if you have them.


Sometime during the summer of 2014 a *massive* hornet's appeared at the start of The Howling. It measures approximately 1' wide by 1-1/2' tall, and is very active. Went to go clean the overgrowth on How Yick Ying on Aug 30. As we were scoping out the work to be done, the hornets took an unappreciated interest in us, so we departed the area. Climbing The Howling at this point would probably give a whole new meaning to the name of the route.

Aug 31, 2014
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Start as of 2017 06 25

No more hornets nest (though there is one on tunnel of love at this moment)

Side notes related to climb:
1) After TV size boulder on your right you will come across a ledge about 3 to 4' tall. This ledge is the one I am standing on in the picture and the start of this climb.

I thought this was the start of The Howling 5.7*** but I was wrong. I climbed the crack in the picture above (shown center) straight up to a large slab wall ... the big pine tree was still well above me ... maybe 30/40' up and to right.

I then saw a traverse left which was covered in foliage and only about 1.5' to 2' tall max ... I traversed across this to a small ledge to find what appeared to be a bailing rappel. But I think this in actuality is The Howling 5.7 *** rap station / P1 (if you choose to split it).

Original Photo of The Howling Rap Station

There was 6mm cord tied to a large aluminum rap ring around a smallish pine tree and a backup 6mm cord to a red or larger tricam in the crack. I backed it up with another 6mm cord for safe measure. The crack accepts pretty much all cam sizes up to #3 BD and is a good belay point. Rope drag was minimal for such an odd mistake.

Original Photo of The Howling Rap Station Setup

This raps down to the path about 8 - 10' left of the ledge to get up to the start of Howling Arete. You will note the left facing flakes which is the start of The Howling 5.7*** climb.

Original Photo of The Howling Rap Station Lowering Point

You can avoid this by staying right or traversing right if you see the ledge leading left at a large slab wall and the large pine tree is still above you! Be careful out there :) Jun 27, 2017
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Not giving myself a tick for this one as I think I messed the top up. It is likely all "valid" till I rounded to corner in an attempt to stay on the arete. :/

I went through to remove the helmet bumping noises so it shouldn't be too bad. And yes, I am aware of mistakes made in my placements ... I don't film these for others but so I can review later to learn from my mistakes. ;)

youtube.com/watch?v=5GVsBfK… Aug 14, 2017
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
Burton Rosenberger   Woodbridge, va
Old hornets nest marks start of The Howling Direct ... to the right about 4' in the large crack is the start for the howling arete. Oct 14, 2018