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42 T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
A Flake Called Lee T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Black Planet T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bloodguard T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Butterfingers T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Butterfingers Right T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cave Route, The T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Cording T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
For Short People Only T,TR 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Go Ballistic T,TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hyper-Gamma Spaces TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
I Am a Cam TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
In Your Head T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Rhythm Roof TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Seven Wishes T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Shadow Warrior T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Space Dwarves TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Sugarloaf Arete T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
White Quartz Wielder T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Private Land-gate closed and locked by nightfall. Details


Climb the broken blocky arete through a series of roofs to the top. Another variation climbs the face to the right and traverses left to the arete following a horizontal crack that regularly opens up creating deep jugs.


To the right of the bloodguard face and to the left of Seven Wishes.


Standard rack.


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Elliott Becker
Washington, DC
Elliott Becker   Washington, DC
From Up Rope, May 30, 1945:
On Sugarloaf Mountain, near Dickerson, Md., the group of rocks most commonly visited is 100 yards below the top, beginning 20 or 30 yards to the right of the stairway as one ascends the trail. Crossing the boulder field at the foot of the cliffs, one passes the low cliff nearest the trail to reach the main formation, some 60 feet in height.

The Butterfinger Climb is on the forbidding and somewhat overhanging nose near the beginning of this formation. The first 10 feet of the climb are in the right angle inside corner to the right of the nose. A hand traverse to the left brings the climber under an overhanging block, which must be surmounted. From the sloping top of the block the climber traverses left around the corner in extremely delicate balance. The next few steps upward are accomplished with finger and friction holds against the pull of a confused gravity, which assumes a horizontal component away from the rock especially for this climb. The remainder of the route is comparatively straightforward, directly to the top of the cliff. The climb is chiefly one of balance and circumspection, although endurance is also required due to the length of the route. A certain amount of nerve is also needed to counteract the ferocious appearance of the cliff.

The Butterfinger Climb was pioneered one summer day in 1942. Three successful ascents were made, by Paul Bradt, Jean Clark, and Don Hubbard, while many another less fortunate climber experienced a Wild swing and the long ride down. It was on this climb that Paul's rope jammed above him, and when another rope was thrown to him he learned to untie and tie a bowline
with one hand. Jean is still the only woman to negotiate the climb. May 19, 2016
Andy Weinmann
Silver Spring, MD
Andy Weinmann   Silver Spring, MD
Committing, awkward and a little burly, hence my "+"...on the upper side of 8. The gear is good but it's not really obvious what you have to do to pull through the moves at the roof. I think different sized people will handle this differently. Def do as Phil suggests for the start so you get some gear before the arĂȘte. Sep 28, 2015
Zach Alles
Snowmass, CO
Zach Alles   Snowmass, CO
Led this one today and was definitely a bit awkward. Pulling the first roof was pretty heady as I threw a blind nut above me..and people generally tell me I have a height advantage. Apr 15, 2015
Phil Keffer
Phil Keffer  
When leading, skip the arete start and go straight up under the roof for better placement. After getting on the ledge, if you stay right and pull the 2nd roof (recommended), you are looking at a 10a move on good pro.

Be sure you are solid if you plan to lead this as I have heard of a piece breaking out during a fall on the Rhythm Roof climb. I would not recommend this for new leaders. Dec 5, 2014
Bishop, CA
DennisL   Bishop, CA
Super awkward - would be a scary lead. Another variant goes right to pull the second roof using a finger crack. Apr 22, 2013