View of this cliff from the approach trail, easies...
One of the three areas in the region that presents an abundance of bolted routes 5.10 and under (the other two being Butcher's Branch and Orange Oswald). The tall, 90+ ft wall is the showcase of the area. Get here early, or on a weekday if you don't dig crowds or waiting in lines.
You will notice an "X" on a lot of the rocks here. This is because it is primarily a place for beginners that have a lack of knowledge. Please do not write anything on the walls in chalk. The routes at this area have been climbed thousands of times and if the rocks were going to pull out of the wall then they would have by now. There are still rocks at the top of the cliff that aren't necessarily used as holds so please be safe.
Park at the Good Luck Cemetery on your left (coming from 19). Follow the power line cut to the fourth tower and take a left at the sign that says "Sandstonia" Follow the well traveled trail slightly downhill and right until you get to a rocky gully usually marked with two cairns on either side. This begins the switchback trail designed and built by NRAC and volunteers. The old trail followed a treacherous, steep, ankle-twisting gully and the new trail is quite comfortable and easily navigated. Yet another reason to donate to NRAC. The trail spits you out right at the beginning of the Sandstonia/Tattoo Wall at the first short route on the wall; Hardcore Female Rash. Total approach time is 30 minutes or under.
Weather station 1.8 miles from here
34 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sandstonia
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sandstonia:
Shady Lady 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Geisha Girl 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 95'
Zeitgeist 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 85'
G-String 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
ISO 9000 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For Sandstonia
Oct 31, 2016
The area has always been home to loose rock, and given the moderate nature of the climbing, it will continue to remain so despite the huge amount of traffic.
This is a primarily beginner crag, and being full of inexperienced climbers, the use of chalk markers tends to be way overzealous and in many cases definitely not necessary. Furthermore, it is ugly as hell and a big eyesore. The comment about disregarding the chalk marks is partially meant to dissuade new climbers from marking the hell out of the cliffs.
If you are concerned about the loose stone, wear helmets and have your group on the ground be extra vigilant - part of learning to climb outdoors is recognizing loose rock and other objective hazards without everything being marked to hell and back again.