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|Type:||Trad, 180 ft (55 m), 3 pitches|
|FA:||John Kelbel & Dominic Albanese 9/11/10|
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|Shared By:||John Kelbel on Aug 5, 2012|
Registration is required prior to climbing on Maryland Heights. To register for climbing on MD Heights visit the Lower Town Information Center (however not required during Covid)
Cliffs that are closed to climbing and bouldering are Jefferson Rock, and the various quarry sites and small rock outcrops along Shenandoah Street. Virginia Rock Climbing is close which is basically the Virginia Cliff.
All Parking is closed on Sandy Hook Rd by the County Department of Highways including the trail head for Maryland Heights.
Variation: Recommended first pitch is "Fuse 5.9-" located in the adjacent area of "ABC Ramps" and not shown in the topo on this page.
1. Climb the first pitch of C Ramp mashing down the sticker bush step up into the corner and follow it to the ramp approximately 20 above. About 1/3 the way up the ramp, stop at the beginning of a black wall (main wall on left) with some small overhangs.
2. Start right of the small overhangs and step up and left into the crack system above the overhangs. Follow the right leaning crack line. At the small overhang move around its right side being careful of a little loose rock. Continue up the crack line to the top of the orange rock with a white streak, placing gear high with a long sling traverse out left about 10 to more gear. Head up over a small overhang angling right, aiming for the right side of the alcove / cave.
3. Scramble out the right side of the cave step over the exposed gap and climb over an exposed boulder. Head up the steep hill side to a good tree and belay. There is some loose rock here and vegetation for critters to hang out in, its recommended to rope up for this exposed scramble.