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How Yick Ying

5.5, Trad, 160 ft (48 m), 2 pitches,  Avg: 2.3 from 3 votes
FA: Mike Varlotta & Nate Ghubril, November 2003
Maryland > Narrows aka Lov… > Howling Wall
Access Issue: This area is closed to public use during February 15 - July 31 to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Details

Description

Start in the dihedral just around the right side of the lower crack that leads directly to the arete on the right side of The Howling face.

PITCH 1: Climb the dihedral to the first sloping earthen ledge. From there climb the wall on the left until it is possible to begin stemming up both right and left sides of the inside corner. Either end the first pitch on The Howling ledge, or move right of the ledge to gain the top section of the wall on the right side.

PITCH2: A very nice finish pitch, no harder than 5.3. From The Howling ledge proceed to the stacked blocks. Either climb up right or left around them (going under is just going to make life harder for both you and your belayer) until on top of the blocks. Continue up the pocketed and featured left wall to the top. Variation 1 (5.10) - Rather than finishing on the left-facing corner of the right wall, move out and right onto the face and up a series of short roofs to the top.

Protection

Standard Rack

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The Howling with general lines for routes
[Hide Photo] The Howling with general lines for routes
How Ying Yick start, left more spicy than right both meet left before going start.
[Hide Photo] How Ying Yick start, left more spicy than right both meet left before going start.

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Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
 
[Hide Comment] Not sure if I got start right ... there are a lot of sticker bushes out right now and it would appear after the fixed nut you are supposed to continue right into the overgrown crack to the top :/

youtu.be/3uFHlNAaFy8 (pitch 1) Aug 13, 2018
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
 
[Hide Comment] update: "less spicy" is the real start of HYY ... the one marked "spicy" is the start of the howling arete ;) Oct 14, 2018