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The Narrows aka Lover's Leap Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.6642, -78.7787 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The Narrows overview

Description 

Outside of a redneck throwing an old TV down the cliff you are likely to be at this beautiful cliff alone. This area gets all day sun unless of course it is raining which seems to be quite a lot. At about 3/4 of a mile in length and up to several hundred feet high this rock face is home to many adventurous routes. Routes run from 1 pitch 5.easy to 2 and 3 pitch 5.10+. Bolts are non existent and route finding skills will definitely be called on. The crux of these climbs for many climbers will be locating the routes from the trail. The thick foliage can be very disorienting. Walk-offs and not raps are the order of operation at this place.

If you want to clip bolts check out Locust Grove about 1 mile from The Narrows.

Please bring a garbage bag and help us keep this area clean. It is treated as a garbage dump by some of the locals.

You will be climbing above Will's Creek all day and it has great fishing, as well as, some sweet swimming holes!

Mark "Indy" Kochte has produced several quality Maryland area guide books as well as an on line guide. This on line guide will be immensely helpful for climbing at the Narrows. indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...

Parking note. I have had no problem using on street parking in the area. The end of Columbia street has plenty of parking and is only about a 100 meter walk to the trail head. Don't park on red lines and avoid the immediate church area on Sundays. Say hi to the locals and tell them what you are up to. They will be interested and being friendly can only help our access.

Getting There 

indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...
Indy says it better than I can.
Take a look at the crag overview I will attach to this page as it contains a few corrections.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',16],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Narrows aka Lover's Leap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Narrows aka Lover's Leap:
Tunnel of Love   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Funland
The Howling Arete   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Howling Wall
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Monk 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Maryland : The Narrows aka Lover's Lea... : Funland
Climb up for about 35 feet through easy climbing, gaining a large ledge (15 feet wide or more). Walk across this ledge to a large flake, climb up this flake and gain the Kiddie Land ledge. The crux is from the first ledge to the face of the flake. The #5 Camalot and a fist jam are a great combo to get over the flake. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Maryland

Photos of The Narrows aka Lover's Leap Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Noticed v0.1 had some errors. I corrected these in...
BETA PHOTO: Noticed v0.1 had some errors. I corrected these in...
Rock Climbing Photo: General Approach map with key features to look for...
BETA PHOTO: General Approach map with key features to look for...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking over at the left end from Little Jimmie
Looking over at the left end from Little Jimmie
Rock Climbing Photo: Here comes the train!
Here comes the train!
Rock Climbing Photo: Rap ledge at fun land
Rap ledge at fun land
Rock Climbing Photo: Easy climb, not sure what route it was, but probab...
Easy climb, not sure what route it was, but probab...
Rock Climbing Photo: The cliff as seen from the howling ledge.
The cliff as seen from the howling ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff...
BETA PHOTO: These things are huge and everywhere at this cliff...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim ...
BETA PHOTO: Cairn on trail marks the far left side of the Jim ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
BETA PHOTO: Slight upgrade where trail meets cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: TV size
BETA PHOTO: TV size
Rock Climbing Photo: TV size boulder
BETA PHOTO: TV size boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: The Front Porch
BETA PHOTO: The Front Porch

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By David Carrier
From: White Salmon, WA
Sep 22, 2015
Fun place to climb- the rock quality is a lot like Annapolis Rocks, and there's tremendous variety. The cliff faces southwest so it's very hot in the summer. We had trouble finding the crag- here are more specific directions:

From I-68, take the downtown exit and head north on either Queen City Drive or Center St. Continue northwest on Center St. (one-way) to the other side of town and turn right on Franklin St. Follow this up the hill and take a left on Forest Lane. When you get to Piedmont Ave., turn right and park. To get back to I-68, take Franklin St. down to Mechanic St. (one-way).

Walk up Wills Mtn. Rd. to the first switchback. Go straight ahead on the trail instead of following the road to the right, and this will take you directly to the top of the cliff. It's a 30 minute hike from the car to Lover's Leap. We found it easiest to set up topropes here and rappel down to the bottom.
By Burton Rosenberger
From: Woodbridge, va
Aug 7, 2017
Approach on close wall. When I get out to the far walls I will make a video for it as well.

By Greg Miller
Aug 8, 2017
I could careless, but it should probably be noted that there are some climbs listed on here as FA's that were done by myself and others in the early 2000's. Memory has faded on the details.
Cool climbing area and im sure we weren't the first.
By Burton Rosenberger
From: Woodbridge, va
Aug 8, 2017
Greg, good to see one of the original climbers to this region commenting here.

I believe most people are crediting the FFA's using Mark 'Indy' Kochte's guide found here: indy-adventures.net/climbing/g...

I have only added two routes having just climbed them myself and credited the FFA's for both based on what was found in Indy's guide; School house rock, and the howling.

You might have luck contacting the person who added the routes in question (I think Mike Phillips added most of them) and Indy to get the information updated for FFA's.

Do you remember which you have FFA's on and when you did them? I would like to see a list myself if you wouldn't mind posting one here :D

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