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Who Do You Beliieve

5.8, Trad, 180 ft,  Avg: 2 from 1 vote
FA: FFA: Mike Varlotta & Anne Jones, Summer 2002
Maryland > Narrows aka Lov… > Howling Wall
Access Issue: This area is closed to public use during March 1-August 1 to protect nesting Peregrine Falcons. Details

Description

This was the first climb established during the 2002 development. Same start as Misty Splitter 20' to the left of The Howling. From the pines mentioned 50' high, this climb moves up and to the left to gain the dihedral that leads to the roof. Traverse left under the roof until an exit can be found. Like Misty Splitter, the first half of WDYB is very easy. Whereas Misty makes up for it with a spectacular (but shorter) finale, the top of WDYB gives back 40' of quality climbing. -Indy (with a little modification)

If you decide to do this in one pitch be prepared for rope drag to be heavy near the top less you use doubles. You could do this in two pitches if you stop at the large ledge at the start of the last dihedral to the roof to avoid this problem.

If you do this in a single pitch you might be well served well by having a double rack to provide more safety with the ledges. There is a small shelf you can build an anchor with pink - black tricams and some .1 - .3 cams ... if you wish to back this up then go toward the pine tree on the same ledge to find the rap station for Jim Pick (don't rap here less you have 2 50m ropes or better)

Protection

Standard rack and at least one #4 BD for the larger crack up top before the roof.

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Route might hug the dihedral all the way up, But route shown here goes left of pine at 50' then follows that crack on left till it ends then traversing straight left to the big shelf (belay here if your smart) Take the wide crack dihedral up from there.
[Hide Photo] Route might hug the dihedral all the way up, But route shown here goes left of pine at 50' then follows that crack on left till it ends then traversing straight left to the big shelf (belay here if…
Spencer Conner pulling the crux moves while Chase Morgan belays (in orange) from below
[Hide Photo] Spencer Conner pulling the crux moves while Chase Morgan belays (in orange) from below
Foot on torso size loose block on SITR traverse. You pull this block before traversing left to last ledge
[Hide Photo] Foot on torso size loose block on SITR traverse. You pull this block before traversing left to last ledge
From last crux, traverse, under roof looking down
[Hide Photo] From last crux, traverse, under roof looking down

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Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
  5.8
[Hide Comment] Video of route shown in photo attached and showing last crux. youtu.be/iokUpoRQ2MY (removed placements / rests / route finding to keep length down)

First time I had to hang on my gear. Was 90 degrees out, in direct sun, on the wall for 45 minutes before needing a break at last crux :/
Great climb though! Even if I did drop a green totem cam on the crux >__< Sep 13, 2018
Burton Rosenberger
Woodbridge, va
  5.8
[Hide Comment] UPDATE: changed images to reflect actual line for WDYB as the variant I did is now known as Swinging in the Rain (SITR) Oct 28, 2018