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Jefferson Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Conrad S. on Nov 17, 2015  with updates from Chris Irwin
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Below the actual Jefferson Rock site is a large roof with a crack splitting its entirety.

From Wikipedia:
Jefferson Rock is a rock formation on the Appalachian Trail above lower Harpers Ferry in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. It consists of several large masses of shale rock, piled one upon the other, that overlook the Shenandoah River just prior to its confluence with the Potomac River. The name of this landmark derives from Thomas Jefferson, who stood there on October 25, 1783. He found the view from the rock impressive and wrote in Notes on the State of Virginia that "this scene is worth a voyage across the Atlantic".

The uppermost slab of Jefferson Rock originally rested on a natural stone foundation so narrow that one was able to sway the rock back and forth with a gentle push. Because this natural foundation had "dwindled to very unsafe dimensions by the action of the weather, and still more, by the devastations of tourists and curiosity-hunters," four stone pillars were placed under each corner of the uppermost slab sometime between 1855 and 1860.

Getting There 

Approach from "downtown" Harpers Ferry via the Appalachian Trail. Take the trail to see Jefferson Rock and then scramble downhill to get to the roof.

Climbing Season

For the Harper's Ferry area.

Weather station 0.4 miles from here

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Featured Route For Jefferson Rock

Sick Pursuit 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Maryland : Harper's Ferry : Jefferson Rock
Climb the crack in the short face and then head out the large roof (12ft) using the crack. Roll on out when you get to the lip. A note on the name from Rob Savoye, "Sick Pursuit partially got it's name from the drunk tourist that was watching me and Scott [McClurg] on the 1st ascent. The crack is so big I did a leg jam, and hung upside down for a hands-off rest. As I inverted, the drunk puked. :-)"For Harpers Ferry climbing and Maryland, it's a classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Maryland

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