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Conroy Wasn't Here T,TR 
Cornice T,TR 
Cornice - Var: Cornice Direct T,TR 
Cornice - Var: unnamed T,TR 
Crank Up T,TR 
Cranko T,TR 
Darius Green's Flying Machine T,TR 
Descent Route T,TR 
First Blood T,TR 
Lawrence's Last T,TR 
Little Devil T,TR 
Nose, The T,TR 
Tiparillo T,TR 

Cornice Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 114'
Location: 38.98804, -77.24726 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aaron Parlier, Shawn Heath, Jake Jones, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Keegan Dimmick on May 15, 2008  with updates from Brian Malone


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The double roof (just left of the orangish left fa...


Cornice is the next section of the main gorge downstream from Bird's Nest. The top of the cliff is just a few yards off the river trail and there is easy access to setting up all the top ropes. The climbs here offer a variety of difficulties. The actual climb named Cornice may be the single best moderate climb in the Potomac Gorge.

Getting There 

The easiest route to the base of the climbs is via the downstream descent. Watch for poison ivy. The base of The Nose can be also be reached from upstream by 4th class traversing from top of the Armbuster Descent.

Climbing Season

For the Great Falls area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cornice

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cornice:
Cornice   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Crank Up   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Cornice
Rock Climbing Photo: Finding the nice holds over the roof

Cornice 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Virginia : DC & Northern VA Region : ... : Cornice
Start in the corner, climb up into the chimney section, then bust a move out the big roof on good holds. Feels like the Gunks for a brief moment....[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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