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Microdome Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.99472, -77.25121 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Justin Scott on Sep 7, 2014
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Panoramic of Microdome and Great Falls


This is a 40 foot face with several routes. Most of the routes begin with a little overhung terrain. It has shade through the early afternoon and a great view of the falls. A set of nuts is useful for the top rope anchors here.

The area is at least partially submerged (or fully) during high water. I have cleaned driftwood out of holds 30 feet off the ground.

Getting There 

This area is the closest area to the parking lot, but it is not the easiest to find. From the climbers' parking lot, walk to the bathroom. When facing the bathrooms, take the path to the left that goes toward the river. Walk down the path to where it goes over the small stream. From here, make your way slightly left over to the fence separating the meadowy picnic areas from the woods. There is a faint trail in the grass on the other side of the wooden rail fence. The faint trail starts only 100-200 feet from where the path crosses the stream. Follow the trail for a couple minutes through the woods to a boulderfield. Scramble along the rocks trending left looking for two large pointed rock formations. Above the face there are two chopped bolts that used to comprise an anchor. The face faces the water. Decent is possible either to the left or right via 4th class scrambling.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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M-80 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Virginia : DC & Northern VA Region : ... : Microdome
Start same as M-16 - after passing the overhang, traverse right to the crack and follow it to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in Virginia

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By Brian Malone
From: Olney, Maryland
May 12, 2015
Great Falls Ice
There are a few areas near Microdome that form climbable ice during the winter months.. About 12-15 feet of ice every winter..

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