Type: Boulder, 15 ft (5 m)
FA: unknown
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Shared By: C S on Apr 23, 2014
Admins: Frances Fierst

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Access Issue: Frequent Peregrine Falcon Closures about Feb-July on MD Heights, Mandatory Sign in for Maryland Heights (not during Covid). Closed to climbing, VA crags, Jefferson rock, and all rocks along Shenandoah Street. Note: All parking is closed along Sandy Hook rd. Details


You won't believe it is classic until you figure out the moves. The holds are not immediately obvious, they are atypical for Harpers Ferry and downsloping pinchy and totally different than most anything else you will climb at Harpers Ferry.  The moves are great, They are muscly, overhanging, and cruising up to the finish is protected by a right hand dynamic move that requires some hutzpah or excessive amounts of pads or a couple attentive spotters. The move, if missed, nearly gaurantees you are doing a little air time back toward some rocks. Since this problem is on the base of a cliff you will be going up about 20 feet and then probably walking off right toward the top of the John Brown Body block.
This problem is worth it, but not the most obvious upon first inspection. Don't use that crack off to your left, it would take you into a totally different line, and style of climbing. Start on a left finger jug and a right hand jug. Move up right hand to a horizontal downward sloping pinch hold. Move up left to a finger jug nearish the crack, then up right hand to a meathook downsloping hold, then up left to a downsloping pinch, then intermediates or not up to a side pull and then on up to the top.


This problem is right of the crack in the cliff and left of the large rectangular boulder leaning against the cliff. The large rectangular boulder has John Brown's Body and Isaac Smith Arete on it.